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Sgt Remo

Sgt. Remo, born Sergio Ortiz, was born in Juarez, Mexico. He is a Mexican-American reggae singer known in the U.S. and Latin America for his music that is focused on messages about self-empowerment and the uplifting of marginalized people around the world. He began performing reggae music in the early 2000’s and refined his talent with Brotherhood Sound System in New Mexico from 2005-2008.

The unlikely reggae singer, deejay Sgt. Remo cut his first single as a guest artist on Mister Kali’s Loving Loving in 2010. He came on the international reggae scene in 2012 with the EP Life is for Living which featured his first notable songs Thunder & Lightning, No Man Stranded, and Tell Me Who (produced by McPullish). The album was released on his own independent label Jah Yutes Entertainment (JYE) which had previously released only one album, Reggae SoulJahs Worldwide Vol. 1 the year prior. The EP garnered modest attention and gave the artist a solid ground to build upon. It caught the attention of German producer Don Goliath, who invited Sgt. Remo to collaborate on the single Call on Jah in 2013.

A year later Sgt Remo released his first full album Give Thanks for Life and achieved his first international underground hit Rastafari Way. The album was well received in several markets but received the most attention in Mexico City. This opened the doors to a lasting music relationship with his native country. The 13 song album produced several hits for Sgt Remo including the title track Give Thanks for Life, Babylon is Burning, and I’m Free. The album was recognized by New York’s AIRM’s Top 30 Reggae Albums of 2014 and by Denmark’s Reggae Moods top 15 Roots & Culture Albums of the Year. 2014 also opened the doors for Sgt Remo to tour more aggressively touching down in many U.S. cities, Mexico, and even Japan. By this time Sgt. Remo had incorporated an aggressive video production strategy as part of his marketing formula releasing eight official videos for his most popular songs.

In 2015 he traveled to Columbia to perform for the first time and recorded a hit dancehall collaboration and video, Dale Play, with Columbia’s Haffid Kandela and Mexico’s Ras Levy. This would be a huge success for the 3 artists receiving good rotation in Columbia and Mexico. 2015 also saw the release of another important single Babylon Town featuring Leona De Etiopia and Ras Levy of Mexico City. This single was the beginning of an important relationship between the three artists which led to multiple collaborative efforts in the future.

2016 saw the released of the album Sgt. Remo & Friends – Crucial Classics. The 14-track album had been in the making for over two years and included a cast of 17 guest artists and various producers from the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. The album, released on JYE, rendered several noteworthy singles such as Wisdom & Glory with Princess Kazayah, Road to Zion with Chile’s Manu Dread, Ram the Dancehall with Soulfiya, and Stronger in These Times with Belizean Nego Hights. Remo produced eight official videos to accompany this release keeping up his tireless video production. He also completed a two-month tour in promotion of the album, capping off the tour with a festival line up in Mexico City featuring many of the guest artists on the album. The event was held at Cultural Roots Reggae Club, the principal reggae venue in Mexico City.