Hugie Izachaar

b. c.1962, Trelawny, Jamaica, West Indies. Izachaar relocated to the UK as a child where he completed his education. On leaving school he joined the British army fulfilling his obligations in Germany.…
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b. c.1962, Trelawny, Jamaica, West Indies. Izachaar relocated to the UK as a child where he completed his education. On leaving school he joined the British army fulfilling his obligations in Germany. He embarked on a musical career in the late 70s playing guitar for a number of UK-based performers. His musical ability encompassed the capability of playing a melange of instruments as well as proving to be a competent singer in his own right. His initial accomplishment was achieved when he performed with Pablo Gad and later Ras Imruh Asher. Gad had enjoyed enormous success with the revered classics, ‘Blood Suckers’, ‘Hard Time’ and ‘Trafalgar Square’. Sharing in the singer’s ascendancy, Izachaar’s notoriety led to him being recruited to provide backing for visiting Jamaican artists including, Dennis Brown, the Heptones and Sugar Minott as well as Dub Syndicate. In the early 80s he was enrolled to perform alongside the enigmatic Jah Shaka on the first of the Commandments Of Dub series. Following his success with Shaka he joined the Negus Roots collective who released his solo recording debut, ‘Cover Lover’ and recruited him to perform on the Original Rockers’ album, Strings. Izachaar was also employed at the Ariwa Sounds studio with the Mad Professor and featured on The Early Sessions album. By the early 90s Izachaar was working extensively with UK-based producers including King Original, Barry Isaacs and Jah Warrior. His work with Isaacs was critically acclaimed when reviews for Dub Doctor and Melodica Dub acknowledged Izachaar’s contribution. It was at this time that he released his solo album debut, Praise Jah also produced by Issacs. Izachaar’s vocals on the album were reminiscent of Earl Sixteen. Although hailed as a celebrity his unassuming nature led to sessions at the Lion Roots studios, adding a heavy bass to the rhythm tracks. He was a featured artist on the Lion Roots Showcase events, supporting Pablo Gad, the Mighty Diamonds, the Twinkle Brothers, Roy Shirley, Aisha, Sister Allison, Princess Sharifa and the show’s organizers, the Amharic. In 1998 Izachaar released ‘Can’t Take The Pressure’ for Jah Warrior, the success of which led to an album release of the same name. The album featured seven songs accompanied with their respective dub versions and was greeted with favourable reviews, generating significant interest in the USA.