4-time JUNO Award nominee Ammoye is that rarest of things: a powerful female singer/songwriter in reggae, a genre that makes prevailingly male hip hop seem wildly progressive by comparison. On top of that, her life is the outcome of tremendous victory over adversity. Growing up in in small-town Jamaica – a place too often dogged by poverty and violence – she sculpted hardship into strength, unearthing the constructive from the destructive and using music to reflect it all. As Afropop’s Sebastian Bouknight describes it, “Ammoye’s music is reggae through a kaleidoscope: (the work of) a soul rebel on a soul path, singing her way to her higher self. Reggae is the light shining through her kaleidoscope, refracting into a spectrum of musical shapes and colors.”
Dubbed ‘melting pot reggae,’ Ammoye’s music, just like her eclectic background, emits influences ranging from reggae greats like Ziggy Marley and Sly Dunbar to kindred souls like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. Indeed, Ammoye is as comfortable singing dancehall, gospel, soul and R&B as she is soaring above an ace reggae groove. But whether she is calling for action, or nurturing a broken heart, the soulful singer always gives fans a solid dose of sunshine and positivity.
Want to complement Ammoye’s 2nd TD Sunfest Connected livestream with some choice listening? Then check out her 2017 JUNO-nominated album The Light (which includes the thoroughly irresistible, keyboard-goosed smash “Sorry”). And look for Ammoye’s brand new album Water to be released August 11, 2021 on Lulaworld Records (“Give It All,” the second single from this album, is already in play and was nominated for a 2021 JUNO as Reggae Recording of the Year).