Iba Mahr, the young sensation for authentic Jamaican reggae/ lover’s
rock genre. Born January 21, he was given the name Mario Greaves at
birth but has emerged with strong African culture, thus granted the
name by friends, Iba MaHr, ‘Iba’ an African name, meaning Humble
and Calm while ‘MaHr’ is really an acronym, meaning Mario of Harar,
Harar which is a small province in Ethiopia.
As a toddler, Iba MaHr was nurtured by his grandparents, in the
community of Cheesefield, every Sunday evening Iba MaHr would
dance to his grandfather’s stereogram, playing hits from the 70’s,
while singing to each song as if they were of his era. After being
successful in his Common Entrance Exam to go on to Charlemont High
School he moved to reside with his mother in Linstead, a small town in
the parish of St. Catherine, that is most popular for the famous
"Linstaed Market" and the song titled "Carry Mi Ackee Go A Linstead
Market". Being the only child for Ms. Roselin, Iba was the main priority,
with morality and education as her advocacy, leaving very little things
undone if any.
Even though Iba Mahr had the ability to write songs since going to high
school, it was only while in University that his peers pushed him to
perform his own words.
In 2008, Max ‘Romeo’ Smith of CHARMAX MUSIC released his first
song, “HAD IT & LOST IT”, for a various artiste album titled, “DEVIL ON
DI RUN”. Later, Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell of XTERMINATOR PRODUCTIONS
released his second single, “WHERE YOU ARE”. The young sound has
also worked with great producers and record labels such as, UIM
Records, Marlon McCubbin, Bizzarri Records, Jermaine “Lenky” Edwards
and more recent Roland “Rollie” McDermot of Born Rollin's Production.
~He has scored a big hit with the single "WILL I WAIT' on the Born Rollins
Production Label. "WILL I WAIT" went number one on Richie B's chart
and Stampede Street Chart. The hit single also got recognition on V.P.
Records Reggae Gold 2012, Also A next single "Sound A Alarm" made
V.P.'s Strickly The Best Volume 46" , In 2014 Stamp his mark with hit
single Diamond Sox for Notis Records .
Iba Mahr has graced the stages of Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute,
Sting, Western Consciousness, Air Jamaica's Jazz and Blues Festival
among others. The talented artiste has placed his stamp overseas,
performing in the Island of Barbados 2012. Iba Mahr has completed
a 2013 & 2014 Europeon Summer Tour where he performed in
countries such as Germany and Belgium. He also Completed A U.S.A.
Tour titled "Let Jah Lead The Way" in November 2013 .
"I take pleasure in doing love songs. Essentially, I am inspired to sing
about real life occurrences, but in reality as artistes, we create
melodies then connect words to them to craft stories that reflect other
people’s lives. The energy, mood and my emotion at times may affect
how a song might turn out. Feelings, be it sombre, joyful or sorrow,
also play a part. People need redemption songs, especially in these
times of division and world crisis. I can only say that Reggae music is a
medium through which we connect and touch people in any situation,
so I work to preserve its legacy”, said Iba MaHr.
The artiste was able to survive the many dangers and harm of his
volatile community through advocating love, peace, righteousness and
spiritual consciousness. As his name represents, he is quite humble,
and does not let anything or anyone trouble his innate calm. With
Rastafari as his inspiration, roots and culture is always what he
promotes, along with social commentary and soulful-reggae love songs
that speaks out to the hearts of people, those in love or out of love.
Iba MaHr’s music ranges from reggae, lovers rock and soulful roots
Give heed to the voice, message, and what reggae music has to offer
in the future.