Soul Fresh

Soul Fresh is a Liberian hip hop duo. The Hipco group comprises JB and Shining Man.[1]

Soul Fresh
GenresHipco, hip hop
MembersJB, Shining Man


The group collaborated with F.A. on the track "Ebola is Real", which became popular in 2014 on Liberian radio, Sky FM.[2] The track is in the HipCo style, and also featured DenG. It became popular on Hott FM and other media outlets throughout Liberia.[3] In August 2014, The Atlantic called the song " one of the most popular tracks in Liberia."[4] Soul Fresh was a past member of the Hip Hop Accountability Network (an organization that strengthens copyright laws and establishes minimum play laws in Liberia).[5][6]

James K. Williams, alias "JB"

In December 2016, Soul Fresh held their Million Fan Festival on Bernard Beach, bringing in several thousand fans.[7]

China incidentEdit

In July 2016, during Soul Fresh's tour of China, it was reported that JB and Shinning Man were imprisoned.[8] The duo were reportedly jailed after accessing their Facebook accounts. However, JB refuted reports and described them as false and misleading.[9] They said they had been detained along with other foreign musicians for ten days after a permit issue.[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

The duo was named Best Group at the Liberian Music Awards in 2014.[6]

In December 2018, Soul Fresh was nominated for Best Hipco Artist at the 2019 Liberian Entertainment Awards.[11]


  1. ^ Dopoe, Robin. "Soul Fresh No Longer with Champion Designs". Liberian Daily Observer. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Beaubien, Jason (October 12, 2014). "Liberian Singers Use The Power Of Music To Raise Ebola Awareness". KUNR. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Blair, Susie (September 2, 2014). "Liberia's hottest hip-hop station has all the latest Ebola music and news". PRI. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Friedman, Uri (August 25, 2014). "How to Make a Hit Song About Ebola". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Glencorse, Blair (9 January 2014). "Hip Co Festival: How Liberia's music industry is building accountability". One. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "8 musicians you've never heard of who are changing lives all over the world". Global Citizen. September 3, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Bropleh, Tete (December 15, 2016). "International Artist Black Diamond Attacked During Soul Fresh Festival". Liberian Daily Observer. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
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  9. ^ Peter King (26 June 2016). "Developing News: SoulFresh alledgedly arrested in China for FACEBOOK ?". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ Dopoe Jr., Robin (July 14, 2016). "Liberia: Music Group Soul Fresh Denies Being Jailed". Daily Observer. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Momo, James (December 27, 2018). "Liberian Entertainment Awards 2019: Full list of nominees". Music Liberia. Retrieved March 16, 2019.