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Mada Nile hails from the Paradise region of St. Croix.  She is a strong empress deeply devoted to her livity and the life she leads, and this manifests itself in powerful roots music.  Mada Nile's unique ability to merge conscious lyrical messages with all styles of reggae truly makes for a "People's" music. 

The Music

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The voice of Mada Nile was first exposed to the people in 2003 when she contributed the song "Worry No More" on the Culturellennium II compilation.  Thereafter "Another Day" was released on an EP called The Life.  2004 saw the release of her debut album Rise Today on Sound V.I. Zion records, which was followed up with Many Roads released in 2007 and On My Way in 2008. Dream Big is the album she released in 2012.

Mada Nile - Rise Today
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Mada Nile was born in a portion of St. Croix that is appropriately named “Paradise”.  As a child, she was always surrounded by music, either the Soul music that her mother was so endeared to or the roots reggae that her DJ brother was drawn to.  After finishing school, Mada Nile performed at various talent shows.  At first, she was reluctant to sing due to her having laryngitis.  She gives much praises to Batch and Ras Attitude for encouraging her to pursue a musical career.  In 1994, Mada Nile wrote her first song “Mother”, but she never recorded it due to the emotions that overcame her in light of the passing of her parent. 

In 2000, Mada Nile began recording under the name of Empress Chunks.  Her very first selection calledWorry No More” appeared on the Sound V.I.Zion compilation Culturellennium 2.  Soon thereafter, she performed a show The Peacock in Atlanta, and the promoter of that show told her that her lyrics flowed like the waters of the Nile River, and he dubbed her Mada Nile

In 2003, Sound V.I.Zion Records released the EP “The Life”, which included a track from Mada Nile entitled “Another Day”.  The success of that selection led to the release of her debut album on Sound V.I.Zion RecordsRise Today” the following year.  Mada Nile is a powerful empress who minces no words on her recordings, militantly lashing out against injustice and inequity on selections like “War In A Babylon”, “Batta Bruise” and “Look”.  The firmament of her spirituality is embodied on songs such as “Jah Will Find You”, “Run Dem Out” and “Worry No More”. 

Mada Nile brings a full package to the audience during her performances, combining the heavy roots-oriented message of her lyrics with a delivery style that also embraces dancehall chants to really get the people moving.  After several appearances on the East Coast, Mada Nile was featured at 2006 Rise Up Festival in VermontShe has since recorded “Empress Love” for ODC that is making waves in the Virgin Islands.  This selection will be included on her next album, along with recordings Mada Nile has done with Katalyss and Batch of Sound V.I.Zion Records

Mada Nile hopes that her musical offerings will bring the people “A sense of peace.  A sense of truth.  A sense of love.  A sense of pride.  Love your self.  Love your family. Love almighty God.  That’s essentially what I would like for my people to embrace off of my music.”        


Interviews & Videos

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Mada Nile Interview
January 6, 2007
St Croix, USVI
Running Time: 33:11
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Mada Nile
Send I de Love
Sound V.I.Zion Records
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Album Reviews

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Achi's Reggae Blog:
Might I suggest picking up Mada Nile's big and brand new album, "Dream Big" from Solar Power Entertainment. The set becomes her very first from 2008 and, judging by its title (and its title track), it's clear that Nile and company very much had the idea to make big things for this project and I think that's a pretty good idea. Almost EVERYONE has had a good 2012 in terms of Reggae albums and the VI have definitely been no exception with big links coming through Ras Batch, Ras Attitude, Vaughn Benjamin and Midnite, Bambú Station and others, now would seem the perfect time to capitalize on and seize the moment by putting out some of your absolute best material and, by its end, "Dream Big" certainly does not disappoint. While I can't proclaim it "landmark" and draw up some awful piece of cliché in saying that the album is 'going to take things to another level' or something… like that, "Dream Big" well manages to reach the high levels of music we've come to expect from Mada Nile throughout her career and adds yet another GEM to the stellar lineup of releases of 2012. - More

VI Roots:
Rise Today - Mada Nile's debut CD - is the latest release from Sound V.I.zion Records, a conscious record label from St. Croix. Through this brand new 12 track album, Mada Nile delivers songs of upliftment representing African Mothers and daughters throughout the Earth. With an i-riginal voice and lyrics of reality, songs like "Send I de Love", "Another Day" and "War inna Babylon" ah bring nuff vibes! Forward Rastafarian Daughters!!! - More

Reggae France (French):
"Rise Today" est un des très bons albums du catalogue Sound V.I. Zion. Il est une autre preuve de la précocité des artistes de Ste Croix. D'autre part, il est une bonne démonstration des capacités de Batch qui a conçu tous les riddims.  - More


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Live at WRIP Festival 2006

Mada Nile in Paradise

At WRIP Festival 2007 with children Amal & Kyra

At Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2007


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