A reasoning with the torchbearer for lovers rock: Iba MaHr previews his EP Get Up and Show and flexes his voice in a unique freestyle.
Born Mario Greaves, Iba MaHr (an acronym for “Mario of Harar,” the walled city of eastern Ethiopia) forged a strong connection at a young age with both his African heritage and his father’s reggae records from the 1970s, especially vibrato-voiced singers like Edi Fitzroy, George Nooks and Dennis Brown. Though Greaves was first noticed for his soccer-playing talent, it wasn’t long before those who gathered round his grandfather’s soundsystem noticed his talent at singing and songwriting. He recorded with roots reggae icon Max Romeo and influential producer Fattis Burrell, went on to release two LPs, including 2018’s Get Up and Show. He joins host Max Glazer in our NYC studio to discuss his singular vocal style, working at Tuff Gong and why he’s drawn to love songs.