“I had the privilege of seeing Bob Marley driving his VW van in downtown Kingston, stopping for a short while to buy some fruits from my mom and other street vendors. After packing the fruits in his van, Bob walked into Randy’s Record Store with a crowd gathering behind him”, recalls Colah Colah. “I will always treasure that memory”. It was during the mid 1970’s that Colah Colah had this unique experience of seeing the legendary Bob Marley, something that many artists would dream of. This precise moment in the early life of Colah Colah helped to shape his musical future. It is quite understandable that Bob Marley became Colah Colah’s first musical hero.
Born Stephan Bygrave on January 6, 1972, in the tough inner-city community of Jones Town, Kingston, Colah Colah got his stage name from two girls who are his friends of his daughters. He attended VB Preparatory School, then Stony Hill All Age and then he completed his Secondary education at Kingston Senior. Downtown Kingston was always buzzing with entertainment activities, and after class was dismissed each evening, Colah Colah and his schoolmates including frisco Kid frequented several record stores and studios where he saw many of the top recording artists. Performing at several school concerts, Colah Colah decided that he wanted a career in music. After leaving school in 1989, Colah Colah began hanging out at various studios in Kingston, including “Penthouse
Studio” and “Music Works” recording studio.
With the inspiration of top deejay Shabba Ranks, Colah Colah approached and recorded for various record producers. However, it was Miss Kempner, an American visitor, truly impressed by Colah Colah’s talent that she released his first record entitled “I and Jah”. He went on to record for labels including Calidonia Records and Capricorn Records. Recognizing that music requires team work, Colah Colah and two of his close friends started a group in 1999, which they named “Covenant Radicals” and a label called “Covenant Records”. Their musical efforts generated recordings such as “A Better Way”, “The Girl is Mine”, and “By We”. Despite on of the group member’s migration to the U.S., the group members maintained their friendship while pursuing their solo careers.
Instead of waiting on producers to release his material, Colah Colah took the enterprising step of starting his own label named “Elevation Records”. In 2005, he recorded a single entitled “Steady Meady” for Miller 9 Production. He was given sole ownership of the single which he released. Upon the release of “Steady Meady” the airwaves were captured, getting heavy rotation on radio stations and the video was a smashing hit on television and cable channels. “Steady Meady” elevated Colah Colah’s career to new heights which forced the music industry to stand up and take notice. This smashing hit single has taken Colah Colah to various places such as Trinidad, performing on major shows in that island. He also received and award from the Jamaica Defense Force for the conscious
message in “Steady Meady” and for his charity work. “Team Jam” and “Irish Bash” are some of the major shows in which Colah Colah has performed.
Colah Colah currently has a number of hot singles such as: “Red, Red, Red”, “Networks”, “Up and Running”, “Steady Meady” and “Survival” which went to number five (5) on the “Video Alley Top Ten Charts. Colah Colah has performed at many festivals in the world like: Afrika Karibik Festival in Germany with artists such as Stephen Marley, Sean Paul and others. He also performed in Holland at Amsterdam Festival with Turbulance, Luciano and many more artists.
Colah Colah currently has three (4) albums out; the fourth studio album is entitled “Networks”, featuring artists such as Turbulance, Phantom Mojah, Kannaga, Sata Lite, Singer D, Zereb and Adena Myre on background Vocal.
Colah Colah is now working with Basco Record Production out of the Netherlands and Elevation Records in Jamaica. He is also apart of Climate Change, which includes traveling and performing in all the capitals in Jamaica.