Andrew "ABIJAH" Smith
Born Andrew Smith in Kingston, Jamaica, Abijah was first exposed to reggae music as a child. Being constantly reminded of the power of music by his mother, a singer in the church and his father, a drummer with the Mystic Revelation of the Rastafari, Abijah’s passion for the art developed at a young age. As a child, Abijah began to practice his art by rehearsing and performing with his father's band.
Abijah was first noticed as a conscious reggae singer when his first single “Revelation” hit number one and remained on the Jamaican charts for 30 weeks. This first album was distributed by VP Records self titled “Abijah”.
Being dubbed the “Peace Ambassador” in Jamaica, Abijah has visited over 50 schools across the island speaking to the children, as a result of the role he played in Jamaica's "Healing of the Nation Programme.” Known and respected internationally, Abijah has spoken at Harvard University in the United States and Oxford University in England, because of his love for the youth and his contribution in Jamaican schools.
Abijah has performed at Hopiland in Arizona, and in New York State (at the Onondaga Lake Peace Festival, from which he also presented at a nearby correctional facility). His festival appearances have included San Francisco's Reggae in the Park, the Monterey Bay Reggae Festival, and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
Abijah has also graced the Montreal International Reggae Festival & western Canada's biggest Reggae event: the Calgary Reggae Festival.On his European tour, Abijah appeared at festivals in seven countries, including Summer Jam (Germany), Rototom (Italy), Jamaica Sunrise (France), and Uzona (Spain). In Japan, Abijah's been featured on one of the well-known DJ Krush's CD's, which went Platinum, he also performed in different parts Japan including, Tokyo, Osaka, and many more. He also did shows in China and Singapore. In Jamaica, Abijah's performed at the renowned Reggae Sumfest, as well as Rebel Salute, Western Consciousness and the East Fest, to name a few. He was also the voice and face of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) One Love commercial.
Abijah’s cover version of Bob Marley's "Sun is Shining” hit number one on the South Florida and France’s Reggae chart and remained in that position for more than six weeks. It was then featured on his second Album “Moving to the Top”.
Abijah has been featured on Sly and Robbie and friends’ album, which received a Grammy nomination. He has also been featured on the “Rolling Bob” Album (a tribute to Bob Dylan)., and has collaborated with international artiste such King Yellowman, Nadine Sutherland, Gentleman, Beenie Man, R&B singer Tevin Campbell, and many more. He's worked with a variety of backing bands, with which he's toured New England, the Midwest, the Northwest, California, Hawaii & Colorado. He has worked with producers such as Krucial Reggae, Mickie Bennett, Gibby, Dean Frazer and ‘Fattis’ Burrell.
Abijah’s music is intended to reach and teach, and that’s the place from which his songs are composed. Abijah is an artiste known for excellence and awe-inspiring quality.