Jahbar I is hungry for stage work
At 26, Jahbar I is already a veteran. The son of Firehouse Crew drummer, George “Dusty” Miller, he has been around that band since their heyday backing acts like Luciano and Sizzla for Xterminator Records. Under the guidance of his ‘old man’, he has kept a steady recording regimen in 2022, improving his studio technique and preparing him for shows that come along.
“Live shows are extremely important because it channels the very essence of the music to the people. Many times seeing the artiste live, the masses are able to connect upon a deeper level, especially reggae and dancehall music, which is soul and vibes, being able to teach and entertain gaining new crowds and expanding fan and family base,” said Jahbar I.
The dreadlocked artiste entered the summer with a cache of songs produced by Miller. They include Unto Jah, Hold Me Close and Loving Jah, a collaboration with Luciano.
He also has two songs on The Firehouse Crew’s Cruise In Riddim compilation which is also produced by his father. Those songs are Ancient Journey and A Nuh Nutn, the latter a collaboration with Sizzla. George Miller believes his son “has grown extensively” as a singer, songwriter and performer over the past five years.
In 2019, there was a turning point in his career when he toured Europe as opening act for Junior Kelly, performing festivals and club dates. That jaunt has whet his appetite for more overseas exposure.
“Touring with Junior Kelly; really, I learnt more about life than just touring itself. First of all, touring is about timing, discipline, unity and make it fun. Seeing the different cultures, landscape and how people react to music opens a new perspective on life,” Jahbar I reasoned. “On the road, you move as a team, do everything as a team and keep each other close while doing your part to the highest level.”