“My Muzik is peculiar and I don’t anticipate
Everyone to like My Muzik … for I Muzik deviates from
What is standard, normal, or expected.
Her expressive writing skills and sharpened delivery, commands the attention and respect of her audience with each performance. She has an uncanny ability to keep all listening, as if in a trance, as they absorb her every word, every rhyme. This is the prologue to the most versatile female of the Roots Generation Hempress Sativa.
July 15th Two decades and more in the community of Mona Common Papine. Doris ray Ricketts a Rastafarian mother would give birth to a healthy albeit premature baby girl she’d name Kerida. A wash-belly who’s father the legendary drummer and selector (formerly of Jah Love Muzik) Albert ‘Ilawi Malawi” Johnson would become her greatest muzikal influence.
‘Yes I’ve been rocking to this beat;
from mi mami belly, Ilawi selecting the records
Dj a Brigadier Jerry, from flash’it in a JahLove dance
A gallop like a donkey”
-D.A.T.C verse by Hempress Sativa
Ode to the first encounter with an intangible embrace the verse speaks to her early exposure to Muzik. When her father would summoned almost 4 years old Sativa and her older siblings to the control tower, which was located in one of two bedrooms in the board house, while he was preparing his selection for the next coming dance; he would always include his family. Known for his vast collection of Orthodox selections. He would skillfully place the needle on the turntable, playing a version, and confidently handing the Mic to the offspring who dared to go first. It was there at home she would succumb to her first love and began to hone the skills that would manifest in her extraordinary talent.
Hempress Sativa, who’s first performance was at the age of 13, a Twelve Tribe of Israel Showcase at once King Bebo Lawn featured artiste of great magnitude but the act that resonated most with the elder Rastafari crowd was the rhapsodic melody of a voice unfit for body from which it belted as she sang “Tyrone” a cover by rhythm and blues/ roots artiste Erykah Badu. Background vocals compliment of her sisters group Tajai included two other members who were sisters as well. She brought patrons to applause requesting an encore from the petite frame.
Her moral fiber is strongly govern and deeply rooted in her Rastafari livity she sees herself as a Instrument of H.I.M Haile Selassie I First; and maintains that marijuana as an important part of the social fiber of Hempress Sativa’s culture. This is conveyed in the contents of her songs. Such as “Get High” a mantra type acoustic track in which she chants;
“Everytime I get high;
Babylon falls every time I get high;
Every time I get high, Babylon has fallen”
And “OH La La Laa ” a espouse of an Hip Hop anthem advocating for the decriminalization of Marijuana, an issue that touches the heart and consciousness of Hempress Sativa with the incarceration of people worldwide it has inspired her mission to educate people about the healthy use marijuana, its medical purposes and products. With Muzik as her platform to deliver her global message, “The Weed Thing” was recorded.
Her Muzik although generally traditional of the Roots Rock Reggae genre at times crosses boundaries and may reflect traces of Rhythm and Blues as in the sultry serenade of “Kushite Love”. Exemplifying her agility as a melodic singer amidst exposing a softer side to the artiste.
Dubbed The UnconqueRebel Lioness, Hempress has been creating waves both locally and internationally with songs like “Freedom, Rastafari Rise, Still Surviving, Wah da da deng and Mellow Mood’s “Inna Jamaica Pt.2” which is a collaborative effort featuring Hempress Sativa and Forelock. She has graced the Cover of magazines Such as Backayard, Riddim magazine, Hotbox, Irie mag, Abana Magazine and yet remains an humilitant soul and has blessed stage of some of the Most biggest events in Jamaica from being book for two consecutive appearances at Rebel salute 2013 & 2014, Reggae Sumfest 2013, Bob Marley Week Celebration 2012- 2013 at the Emancipation Park and 2014 at The National Stadium car park, Digicel 5k Celebration Downtown Kingston, The Independence Day Street Dance 2013, Wickie Wackie Live, Live From Kingston to name a few and has completed a Tour South of the Us including Louisiana, Atlanta and Miami to name a few and made her Debut in2015 at the 22nd Sierra Nevada world Music Festival to rave reviews. Hempress Sativa list her muzikal favourites as Sade, Lauryn Hill, Dezarie, Burning Spear and Ijahman Levi.
Hempress Sativa is a multi faceted young talent, propelling Jamaican Muzik into the future maintaining a strong foundation that makes her Muzik timeless.
“Muzik is the soundtrack to life”