Jump directly to main content

The Crack Magazine

hempress sativa.jpg

UniverSoul, Anyone?

The multi-faceted raw talent that is Hempress Sativa (aka The Lyrical machine) blends traditional roots reggae with off-shoots of hip-hop, afrobeats and R&B for a sound she’s slapped with a ‘UniverSoul’ label.

Born and raised in Jamaica, to Rastafarian parents Doris-Ray Johnson and Albert Johnson of Jah Love Sound System, Hempress Sativa was always going to be involved in music in some way. What no one could have predicted was just how much she would push and pull roots reggae into new and interesting shapes. Whether she’s releasing an album of expansive dub with one of the true legends of the scene (2018’s glorious ‘Scientist Meets Hempress Sativa in Dub’) or scoring an international smash hit (‘Boom – Wah Da Da Deng’ with Paolo Baldini Dubfiles’) she’s always got it going on. She rose to prominence in 2013 as part of the Jah Ova Evil Movement (which also included the likes of Chronixx and Infinite) and has a string of critically acclaimed releases to her name including the album ‘Unconquerebel’ (she likes a pun), which reached No. 1 on the Global Reggae Charts. Backed by her super-tight band, this promises to be a very special night. GM

Hempress Sativa, Thursday 18 August, The Cluny, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £20. thecluny.com

Howay The Lasses BANNER(4).png