Jah Hero is a self taught musician, singer-songwriter, and producer from The Gambia, residing in Berlin, Germany. His music is a mix of Roots Reggae, Dancehall & Acoustic World Music, through which he reflects his message of peace, unity & respect amongst all nations and races. In early 2016 he signed up for being the opening act on Chuck Fenda’s March Europe Tour.
Born Joseph Mendy on the 20th of July 1980, Jah Hero grew up in The Gambia, where he started off as a DJ, and later formed The Roots Bongo Band with fellow Gambian musicians.
In 2009 he moved to London, where he began learning sound engineering, and recorded an album for the band. The first single ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ written, and performed by Jah Hero was played on BBC 1 Radio introducing his music in the UK.
In the summer of 2012 he temporarily moved to The Gambia together with fellow band singer Nina Beste, to promote the band’s album and to go on a national tour.
During his time in The Gambia, Jah Hero appeared on several local TV shows such as ‘Starline’, ‘Fatou Show’, and ‘Banjul Night Live’. He gave interviews, and press conferences about his journey, and the band on local radio shows and for newspapers, and he co-hosted the radio programme ‘Around The World With Nina’ on Paradise FM.
He also played for several Charity Organizations, including Open The Gate, to support the education of Gambian youth.
Having a German lead singer – Nina Beste – in the band, their message of unity, and respect amongst each other, was one of their greatest missions. Jah Hero has since kept this mission, and message in his music, and even features Nina Beste on several songs of his album, as well as collaborating on making Pop songs into Reggae covers.
In 2014 Jah Hero left the band, and moved to Berlin, Germany, where he has been recording his debut solo album. His first single ‘Rise’ was released online by his management / indie label ‘Manjago Vibrations’ in September 2015.
He performed with a live band at Reggae shows in Berlin, and across Germany, and plays gigs with the Solid Vibrations Band from Berlin. Solid Vibrations is an international Reggae Band based in Berlin. The band was formed by Jah Hero & Gold-E Locks in 2015, and is currently backing artistes such as Chuck Fenda.
In March 2016 Jah Hero embarked on his first Europe Tour as the opening act for Reggae Legend ‘Chuck Fenda’, including several live band shows backed by his band ‘Solid Vibrations’. His first solo album ‘Chants of Freedom’ was released on the 16th of March 2016, and has since been well received by his fans and the Reggae Scene internationally, with airplay all around the globe.