‘ROCKERS REVOLUTION’ is Makonnen’s debut album, devoted to honouring the giants of reggae and dancehall with a modern twist. Artist/producer Makonnen Blake-Hanna delivers a 12-track album that recreates a night at Jack Ruby’s famous James Avenue Lawn, Ocho Rios, where such musical heroes as Brigadier Jerry, SupaCat, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace and others introduce each track with their familiar styles of ‘toasting’ and free-styling that became unique within Reggae and Dancehall.
Makonnen burst onto the scene as an artist in 2015 with the massive hit “Red Eye” that launched his career and cemented his place as one of the new generation of reggae artists. The single got recognition at home and abroad, which led to him being noticed by Major Lazer’s Diplo and Walshy Fyah and international superstar Justin Beiber who all congratulated him on the song’s success. “Red Eye’ remains a popular number on reggae playlists all over the world.
The ‘RockersRevolution’ album showcases Makonnen’s innovative skills as a producer and potent lyricist, demonstrating his observation of many social issues and presentation of them in musical commentary. As producer, Makonnen worked with such reggae greats as Third World, Stephen and Damian Marley, Junior Reid, Sizzla Kalonji, Capleton and many more local and international artists.
Makonnen enlists the help of artists Exile Di Brave, T.J. a.ka. “Likkle Briggy” (son of legendary DJ Brigadier Jerry), his N.R.G. brothers Rsenal Di Artillary and Iyah Gift, Century Sam, IBlack Lion, Massy The Creator, Princess Leah, Lady Blu and NY-based rapper Passport. The ‘RockersRevolution’ album is executive-produced by Makonnen himself, and features riddim production by his Natural High Music team Jordan Armond and Blaise Davis, as well as popular Los Angeles-based Jamaican producer/selector DJ Crooks and legendary musician John ‘Pops’ Dowling from pioneering reggae group UB40.