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SELECTRESS IRIELA

Iriela is a DJ, producer and futurist set on bringing people together through the power of music. Selectress Iriela began her journey on reggae radio in Boston in the nineties on 88.9FM WERS, and toured the world since, launching her production company, music festival and international nonprofit organization/ tech company. Her deep house track “No Sleep (Till NYC)” debuted on the Traxsource AfroHouse Essentials chart with music video views climbing by the minute. Iriela regularly assembles all-star teams on her productions, from hundreds of performers she booked for her music festival, Culture Fest International, to a collaboration including Lady Starlight, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Amp Fiddler on an upcoming project with her conscious tech company, Second World. Catch her on screen as a host on New York Fashion Week Style 360 and actress on the Poundz webseries – and check out her recent interview and live DJ set on the Sway in The Morning program on Shade45 channel on Sirius FM.  Iriela served as Kingston Entertainment Correspondent for IRIE FM Jamaica, and actually had a role in the reissuing and release of many rare Studio One records for the Heartbeat label. A big highlight for her was appearing on the recent incarnation of The Arsenio Hall Show, and being invited to play on friend and legend DJ Scratch’s Scratch Vision program! Selectress Iriela performs alongside artists like DJ Spinna, Louie Vega, Breakbeat Lou, Just Blaze and legends Chaka Khan, The Wailers, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals and more.

As a filmmaker her first feature film is a decade deep in production around the world, “Reggae Revolution” features interviews with a who’s who of the genre including everyone from Sly and Robbie, and Mad Professor to Mutabaruka.

Selectress Iriela spins on behalf of her global mission with her edutainment group, Second World (www.second-world.com) which itself was inspired from her love of music and her research in international development in Jamaica- where she lived in Kingston. To bridge the gap between the so-called “First” and “Third” world, Iriela founded her production company to combine the power of media production, musical events and fairly traded art empowerment to uplift and edu-tain all. She is the founder / producer of the interactive media and music festival, Culture Fest International ethical global events. Iriela is an original member of Boston’s Toneburst Collective and credits her work with the boundary pushing collective as a big influence in her interactive event production approach. To this day Iriela works with experimental pioneers like turntablist DJ Darryl Hell and groundbreaking event, Beat Research in Boston.

Memorable DJ gigs range from playing an all vinyl 90’s reggae set to find DJ Kool Herc standing next to her in the booth with his approval, spinning at a film premiere at Lincoln Center, rockin’ an outdoor dancehall in Maroon rebel settlement Accompong in Jamaica- to DJing an underground club in Berlin. Iriela has played on some of the best sound systems in the world such as Analog BKNY and at the hottest parties like Deep Space with François K, Funk Box with Tony Touch, Mobile Mondays! all vinyl party, and venues such as Cielo, Output, and respected mainstays like Nell’s and CBGBs in New York City.

With over twenty passionate years in the industry, Selectress Iriela looks forward an array music releases, production and writing.  Iriela prides herself in producing events and music which booms with the force of that classic Jamaican sound system – our world’s original “club” experience – and a special reminder that this is our collective heartbeat – the irresistible beat of the drum.

Selectress Iriela sees music as “. . . a revolutionary force like no other. A universal vibration uniting us all.”

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🌊🎶It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder ... #bestrong my fam because now is the true test of our characte… https://t.co/0dqq9JMh3p
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It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder ... my fam because now is the true test of our character as a global community.  Persist in sending your love out to the world and keep building your dreams into this reality. If you have not already please support and follow my non profit @secondworldfoundation fashion agency @fashionablyfair & tech platform @secondworldofficial. The empire for good strikes back.  Nicole Meinhart

Lil’ refresher: Between 1886 and 1924, almost 14 million immigrants entered the United States through New York. The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams. … In 1883, Lazarus donated her poem, “The New Colossus,” to an auction raising funds for the construction of the Statue’s pedestal: “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” I captured this image when I took my mother to Ellis Island to walk in the footsteps of my grandfather who came over from Greece as an infant. We were overcome by many emotions – anger at the current racist criminal taking the White House hostage, and gratitude for the acceptance my grandfather experienced upon entering this country – for which if it wasn’t for this welcome my mom and I would not be here. Walking in those footsteps was powerful and it is the overwhelming good in our global humanity that easily “trumps” hate. We push forward to our dreams in the meantime. All my respect goes to the wisdom, courage and strength of the intelligent female leadership growing in our country across government as well as the amazing fellow female founders, businesswomen and creators I call friends. #onwardwego #battlecry #spreadlove #shine #AmericatheBeautiful #humanity #thislandismadeforyouandme #statueofliberty #usa #EllisIsland #bigrespect #follow & support all of the women in your life & United States House of Representatives Ilhan Omar @ilhanmn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna S. Pressley!

Lil' refresher: Between 1886 and 1924, almost 14 million immigrants entered the United States through New York. The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams. ... In 1883, Lazarus donated her poem, "The New Colossus," to an auction raising funds for the construction of the Statue's pedestal: "Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" I captured this image when I took my mother to Ellis Island to walk in the footsteps of my grandfather who came over from Greece as an infant. We were overcome by many emotions - anger at the current racist criminal taking the White House hostage, and gratitude for the acceptance my grandfather experienced upon entering this country - for which if it wasn't for this welcome my mom and I would not be here. Walking in those footsteps was powerful and it is the overwhelming good in our global humanity that easily "trumps" hate. We push forward to our dreams in the meantime. All my respect goes to the wisdom, courage and strength of the intelligent female leadership growing in our country across government as well as the amazing fellow female founders, businesswomen and creators I call friends.  & support all of the women in your life & United States House of Representatives Ilhan Omar @ilhanmn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna S. Pressley!

@selectressiriela "I can't seem to get this song out of my head ..." 🙄  
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Rooftop recharge NYC   different kinda Sunset Boogie ;) vibes taking the night off!  Hope yours was fun and peaceful & full of beautiful music 🏻 ahhh!

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My first Sway in the Morning live mix and interview! Listen loud  Link in bio above! Featuring music by Public Enemy Marvin Gaye & more!  Story goes like this: I connected with Statik Selektah in New York City and when I said hey, I think I know you... we made the connection! He bought me a drink saying he used to listen to my radio show in the 90s in Boston - connected me with Sway, rest is history! This is the official burn  things down (in a good way) mix ️ Big ups @statikselekt @realsway & entire Sirius XM fam!  Saturday it's a Saturday!!!

Now live! Selectress Iriela live at #ClubSisyphosBerlin! This is an ambient recording that captures the energy in the WinterGarden where the room was packed with dancing revelers in a May Day week long party - Selectress Iriela closed off the @sunsetboogie 😎 takeover which began at 10pm the night before - and Iriela's set hit the energetic crowd at sun RISE 6am-10am that beautiful Saturday morning. ️Check out Selectress Iriela mixes on https://soundcloud.com/selectress-iriela  🛫

It's a kind of night & it's all about celebration of life and the manifestation of your dreams!  Full length music video in the bio! !!!!  ♡

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Baby! Hangin back stage with my Jamaican father @tootsmaytalsofficial after an amazing Show! Sharing the stage with this lovely soul has to be one of the highlights of my life  & Mikey (RIP) you are never far away from my heart in moments like this. 🏻 Love itinually! 🏼

Delayed 4th of July post!  A moment from the amazing journey into our past at Ellis Island with my mother.. . walking in the same footsteps as my grandfather who came as an infant from to the United States. As we walked those halls that welcomed so many with open arms, I am glad to be alive to see how this spirit of openess rises above all & continues to contribute to our ...

The summer is heating up in the city & I have a feeling that tonight is going to be one of those No Sleep Till NYC kind of nights! Big thanks to the talented artist Taylan @taylankurtulusart who surprised me with this inspired art!

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