Amali Connects to Barbados

Stefan “Eva Hype” Amali was born on March 14th, 1993 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Stefan grew up in Kingston all his life but left at age 22 when he was offered a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) In 2019, he graduated from SCAD with a BFA in Sound Design with a minor in Music Production.

He hails from a nuclear family, two parents, and a sister, all of whom are trained teachers. From birth, Stefan is said to have always had a profound love for music.

At the tender age of 9, he and his three “God – brothers” formed a gospel music group. The group was well received by the Church but was short-lived due to ill-management and a lack of direction. Before he began songwriting, he worked as a disc jockey for two sound systems.

The first being “Inevitable Sound”, with his long time friend and now Track & Field sensation, Julian Forte and label mate Nickolai “Propa Fade” Davis. The second being, “Silver Tone Sound” with his schoolmate Joel “Flexx” Spencer. The experience was underwhelming but it is then Stefan fell in love with songwriting. Stefan began writing in late 2007 and by March 19, 2008 he had his first studio session.

At this early stage in his career, Julian Forte was instrumental; as it is he who helped hone Stefan’s ability to create melody and an understanding of rhythmic patterns.

It wasn’t until 2009, that Stefan burst onto the underground music scene in Kingston with his club banger entitled “Long Before” A song which some critics and fans believe is an instant classic.

A few months after the buzz from “Long Before” and few other singles such as “We Made It” had died; Stefan was forced to look for a new artistic home due to Propa Fade’s decision to migrate to Canada. He was then introduced to Mario Dunwell through Shaq Buchanan, who is a mutual friend.

The first single the two worked on entitled “I Got You” was a huge success and has been played on radio stations everywhere in the Caribbean and in England as well. The second single they worked on together entitled “Without You” also saw huge success but had to be pulled of the airwaves due to unauthorized sampling of Barry Manilow’s voice from his song also entitled “Without You”. 

In 2010 Stefan burst onto the scene with his debut album entitled "Music & Her" and has since released 4 other albums namely Pros & Cons , Bachelor Of Art , World Citizen and most recently Identity Politics. In 2019, Stefan rebranded changing his alias officially from "Eva Hype" to Amali.

See him in November at First Wednesdays at West Bar at Limegrove

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