Washington D.C. Annual
Reggae Music Awards
Tuff Lion and Ijah
(Washington, D.C.) - On Thursday, March 4th, the 9th
Washington D.C. Annual Reggae Music Awards honored
veteran guitarist and artist Tuff Lion with the "Best
Male Vocalist" Award for his song "Good Works," which
appeared on Bambu Station's Talkin' Roots II"
compilation (Mt. Nebo Records.) Montseratt's native son
Ijah Menelik was also honored for "Best Songwriter" and
"Best Recording" for his efforts on his debut album,
"Utopia," and his popular single, "Baggawire," which
also appears on Bambu Station's Talkin' Roots II" (Mt.
Nebo Records) compilation.
Tuff Lion's much acclaimed guitar licks appears on
almost every popular reggae album that has been released
from the Virgin Islands to date. He first appeared on
Army's "Yesterday's News" (Glamorous) and recently
produced Army's newest album "Rasta Awake (IGrade.)"
His melodies and hard-edged rhythm style can also be
heard prolifically on Midnite's classic album, "Ras Mek
Peace" (Mapleshade,) Dezarie's debut album, "Fya" (IGrade,)
Bambu Station's phenomenal "One Day" (Mt. Nebo Records),
the timeless "Talkin' Roots - Volume I" (Mt. Nebo
Records) compilation and countless other outstanding
works. Tuff Lion has also recorded substantially for
Apple Gabriel, formerly of Israel Vibration, on his solo
debut "Another Moses" (RAS) and will be featured on
Junior Marvin's forthcoming album.
In the late 80's, Tuff Lion fronted the Bottom Lion Band
which toured the continental U.S., becoming one of
America's foremost reggae bands. During that time he
released two noteworthy albums; "Sufferin' Strugglin''
and "I Am Reggae." He has selflessly produced countless
artists to date through his operation, The Outpost
Studio in Hampton, Va. His soaring vocals, angelic
harmonies and cataclysmic guitar licks will be heard on
his next solo project entitled "Utterance," which is
scheduled for release in the fall of 2006. Promotional
singles are being distributed to radio and can be
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuff Lion is currently on
Tour in support of the IGrade Family Tour with Army,
Abja and Niyo Rah and is sure to be featured on several
top releases this year.
Ijah Menelik was honored with "Best Songwriter" and
"Best Reggae Recording" by the DCARMA and closed out the
evenings performances with the audience on their feet.
In the fall of 2005, Ijah Menelik also co-headlined the
"Talkin' Roots Tour 2005" and amazed audiences in
Mexico, at the Dreadstock Festival and throughout the
U.S. West Coast area where the Tour concluded. One of
his live performances was recently released on the "Talkin'
Roots Tour 2005 - Live In San Francisco" album
(Mt. Nebo Records). Ijah self-produced and released his
debut album "Utopia" in 2005 on his Shashamane Militant
Youth record label (www.shashamanemovement.com)
and is currently working on his sophomore album
"I-Testament" with Bambu Station.
Both Tuff Lion and Ijah Menelik are available for
interviews upon request and their latest projects can be