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J Boog

Born in Long Beach but raised in Compton, California, J Boog is an American R&B and reggae singer of Samoan descent. In 2004, he met George "Fiji" Veikoso, another singer who blended R&B and reggae sounds together. Inspired, he moved to Hawaii and hooked up with the Wash House record label along with Gramps Morgan of the revered reggae group Morgan Heritage. In 2011 Wash House would release a self-titled EP along with his Back Yard Boogie album which featured the hit reggae ballad “Let Me Know.”

Jerry Afemata was born in Long Beach, California, and is of Samoan ancestry; before moving to California, his father served as chief of the family village in Alao, Samoa. Raised in Compton, California, Afemata was the youngest of eight other siblings; seven brothers and a sister. He got the nickname "Boog" from his brothers, in reference to his inability while young to sit still. Stated J Boog, “I always wanted to go somewhere and do something." He and his siblings were raised by their parents in a household that drew on their Pacific Islander roots. According to J Boog, "I pretty much grew up real traditional with my family and that gave us a strong bond with our culture, we're very family oriented. My family was very strict on everything, making sure we did not mess up in life. But growing up in Compton didn't really make it easy for us anyway from the start, so my parents had to do double work on us."

At age four he was inspired by his older sister's piano playing to pay attention to music, and soon began singing along to her music. When he was older, she brought home and played a Bob Marley song book, which led to him pursuing reggae. He further stated "[my family] always sing feel good music and reggae was the best way for us to express that. Reggae music was the only music we could turn up loud which our parents wouldn’t turn off when we were kids.”

About growing up in Compton, "music put me in a whole different world where I could be myself." He listened avidly to music brought home by his siblings, with genres including reggae, rap, and rock, with artists as diverse as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Guns N' Roses, N.W.A., Temptations, The Dramatics, Nate Dogg, and Sublime. He stated, "We had a whole lot of reggae mixtapes that we listened to over and over again." One of the reggae singers J Boog was a fan of was George "Fiji" Veikoso, a singer who blends reggae and R&B.

J Boog first performed in front of an audience at age nine, when his mother and sister coerced him to sing Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" in front of a 200 person family reunion.At the time J Boog didn't think he would pursue singing, instead singing and rapping for fun. He only began singing more seriously after high school, when he periodically performed at clubs.

J Boog (born Jerry Afemata, Long Beach, California) is an American reggae and R&B vocalist and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California and based in Hawaii, he released his first solo album Hear Me Roar in 2007, which peaked on Billboard '​s Top Reggae Albums at #8. In 2011 he released his first EP, J Boog, on the label Washhouse Hawaii. It peaked at #19 on the Top Heatseekers chart, and reached #3 on Top Reggae Albums. His next album Backyard Boogie reached #1 on the reggae charts for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and in July 2013 his Live Up! (EP) reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart.

He tours frequently, and has shared stages with artists such as Damian Marley, Ziggy Marley, SOJA, The Green, Rebelution, and his regular touring mates The Hot Rain Band. His style predominantly combines island music and Jamaican reggae, but also incorporates rock and R&B.


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