ANJAHLA has proven to be an Artist willing to break the mold. Born in Washington, DC she started her musical journey singing at talent shows with her mother at the age of 6. She stayed close to music through her school age years performing in school plays, and choir showcases. She attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School for two years where she was exposed to music, media and the arts. It was there she learned that her talents could really help launch a long term career in the Arts.
In the early days of her career she could be found at open mic nights in the historic U Street corridor also known as “Little Ethiopia” in Washington, DC. In the late 90’s she was the lead female vocalist for Griot Reggae Band, recorded background vocals for one of VI’s Roots Reggae bands Bambu Station, and volunteered as a street promoter for VI’s foremost Roots Reggae band Midnite, in exchange for musical mentoring.
Over the next few years she traveled the US as a background vocalist for Jamaica’s Grammynominated Reggae harmony trio, The Itals, performing in front of thousands of reggae fans at venues like Vermont Reggae Fest, Reggae on the River, Reggae on the Rocks, and House of Blues. Anjahla decided it was time to focus on producing her own catalog of music and took a break from the road.
She emerged in 2011 with a debut performance of her original music at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s “Discovering Rastafari Exhibit” with one of Washington DC’s most popular Roots Reggae bands, Proverbs. In 2012 she was featured on the Washington Post’s Summer Concert Series at the historic Carter Barron Amphitheater with her own band under her previous stage name Akua Benjamin. She has since opened for Midnite Band, Beenie Man, IWayne, Dead Prez, and Chronixx to name a few.
In late 2013 Anjahla independently released the Nyahbinghi mix of her first single “A Mighty Road” on her own Ilavibez Movement Music label; a Nyahbinghi drum & bass infused chant
coproduced by Errol “Flabba Holt” Carter. Featuring Flabba on bass, Style Scott on drum, Dalton Browne & Eyoel Santiago on guitar, Ras Atiba Mckell on keys,Bongo Jack, Ras Irice, Ras Sydney and Lij Menelik on Nyahbinghi drums. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jim Fox at Lion & Fox Studio, College Park, MD with assistance from Joe Cooper, Sandjoe Productions, Baltimore, MD.
A Mighty Road (Roots Mix) was released on Int’l Women’s Day 2015 and features Tony Greene on saxophone, Flabba Holt on bass & tambourine and is remixed by Gaylard Bravo, Small World Studios, Kingston, Jamaica. “Afreekan Mama”, the second song released on Int’l Women’s Day, is coproduced by Errol “Flabba Holt” Carter and features Flabba on bass and tambourine, Style Scott on drum, Dalton Browne on guitar, Paul Henton on keys, Tony Greene on sax, and Bongo Jack, Ras Irice, Ras Sydney and Lij Menelik on Nyahbinghi drums. Mixed by Gaylard Bravo, Small World Studio Kingston, Jamaica. Mastered by Delroy “Spiderman” Thompson, Anchor Recording Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.