Interview with Anthony B (2018) : “Reggae is not about death. It is an influential music across many cultures”

We interviewed Anthony B once again in Amsterdam after his show in Melkweg during the Reggaeville Special Easter Event. Waiting for the Original Fyah Man’s new upcoming album and while he is promoting his last two singles “Rub a Dub Party” and “Reggae Soul Sister”, we had the chance to talk with him about different topics : consciousness, unity and the power of reggae as musical genre able to cross every barrier.

“Stop fighting reggae music” official videoclip will be available soon on Youtube. This song is about the real message of reggae. Anthony B told us this music is not about hating or killing people, but it’s something about peace and love. It means to stay together without differences of age, color or race.

Interviewer : Eugenia Conti

Shooting : J LOF

Editing : Gege Vibes Production

Interview with Dawn Penn : “You don’t love me (No no no) was the first time experiencing lost love”

Gege Vibes Magazine met the jamaican reggae singer Dawn Penn after her show in Brixton Jamm (London). Her carreer was started in the rocksteady era, between 1967 and 1969, but she is well known especially for her single that became a worldwide hit in 1994 “You don’t love me… No no no”.

G.V. : Good Afternoon and Thank you for having me. I wanna start to talk about you mentioning your most famous song “You don’t love me (No no no)” extracted from the album “No no no”. Why do you think that version made you so popular ?

D.P. Honestly, was the first time experiencing lost love. It was made me popular even because of the way I delivered it and I guess I had a special kay to interpretate it. Plus it was already popular in Jamaica since 1968. The song was recorded so many times, by me most of the times in dubs, but also by International Artists, Wu-Tang Clan, J. Mills, Lily Allen, Beyonce, Rihanna, Sean Paul and more.

G.V. Indeed . “You don’t love me, No no no” was an international hit that reached a lot of charts : in Jamaica, America and Europe. While what about your prestigious works with the legendary Studio One in Jamaica.

D.P. What I could say ? I was just another artist passing through this big jamaican studio full of talents and history. I knew most of the artists there.

G.V. Tell us something about the best experiences of your carreer in Uk and especially here in London. 

D.P. Experiences of my career in UK was “Top of the Pops” when I entered in the British Charts at Number 9 after I signed to WEA Corporation. Performing alongside MADNESS at Finsbury Park. When I came back when it was Number 3 alongside two hits songs as “Wet,Wet,Wet and “Big Mountain”.

G.V. What is your biggest satisfaction in your musical journey.

D.P. My biggest satisfaction is I was celebrating 50 years playing music last year and I’ll continue to feel the vibe.

G.V. Ok, can you give a greeting for our audience, please?

D.P. Buongiorno Gege Vibes audience. Eugenia Conti Blessings.


Article by Eugenia Conti

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MR VEGAS (2018) / “I want to bring a smile into other people’s lives and make them less depress with my music”

Gege Vibes meets this time the veteran Mr Vegas in Salento, Italy. Basicly this interview collects the Mr Vegas best memories and deepens into his rich carreer started around 20 years ago. His music ranged over from the reggae to the dancehall, from the rub a dub to the soca. The artist, winner of Mobo Awards and captivating performer on stages all over the World, explains us that he only try to bring a smile into other people lives . We obviously talk about his homeland Jamaica too.

Interviewer Eugenia Conti Shooting Valentina Rubino Edited by Gege Vibes Prod – @bannysh Promotion for the event I’m Black and White Party – Salento Contro il Razzismo Venue : Womb Lecce


Interview with Answele / Humble and Talented 20 Years Old Artist from Jamaica (Young Pow Prod.)

After the journey of Gege Vibes in Jamaica last summer, we were able to appreciate closely the vibrations of the Caribbean Island from a musical point of view. Bob Marley’s homeland is not only today represented by the Reggae. In fact there are many branches of the genre that have developed over the years and the new sounds that have been created. We could say that today the jamaican music influenced many other genres contaminating it. The Jamaican talents who try to follow their way through their artistic skills are multiplying more and more. Finally the mentality to prefer music and believe in his own dream to the ghetto’s life is being consolidated. Especially in the very young artists. Then I’ve interviewed a singer and musician originally from the area of ​​Trelawny (Jamaica): Answele, only 20 years old. He grew up becoming passionate about music after being in church almost every Saturday at a very tender age, as a lot of jamaican people. The faith is important there as much as music. It was precisely in his parrish that begins his career starting in to play the drums in that place.

“The problem was that my true love for music was for the reggae and not for the liturgical one, but it was not accepted in my church or at home where my father disapproved my behaviour for disobeying to his instructions to don’t perform in reggae and dancehall parties”, Answele said.

But the guy continues to trust himself creating a small label to appear on the scene with the first recordings. In 2016, he experiments different musical genres such as lovers-rock, Hip Hop, Hard-core Dancehall and meets the Jamaican producer Sean Diedrick, owner of the brand Young Pow Productions and historical keyboarder of Damian Marley, as well as Winning Grammy co-producer of Stony Hill Album. Young Pow invests a lot of energy producing the new Answele’s Ep and recording the songs in the famous Big Yard Studio and Tuff Gong Studio, the Bob Marley’s one, both in Kingston Capital (Jamaica). The new Answele’s work is coming out. Let’s hear what his feelings are before the international launch of it.

Your passion for the music started in the church’s environment when you were only a child. Say us something about the beginning of your musical journey

 It was a bit complicated. Parents were strict so i was basically disobeying rules. I was engaged in a lot of singing activitIes at church and I was very good at singing harmonies too, but I would listen mostly to reggae songs on the radios and all I knew is that I enjoyed the sounds and I was having fun singing them among my peers.

 When you grew up from a child to a boy you understood that your real inspiration was the reggae. What represent this musical genre in your life?

I think the way to express myself through my lyrics, the consciousness and a little of my style of music. I enjoyed listening to Reggae artists nation wide and I could feel their music from within and how inspiring it was to me. I was thinking : “I want people to feel it when they listen to any of my songs”.

 How much your community influenced your music and your style?

 My community does play a part, but telling the truth I sing about topics that happen globally across the World every day. Everywhere there are people who are either not with you or genuine people who wants to see you in the way that you aspire to become. As well as there are people who needs motivation through listening music.

What about the creation of TeamTripleWorks music and the collaboration with the great producers Young Pow and Sherieta?

 TeamTripleWorks music was officially created by me and two other associates Bvrban and Ricky Cee in 2015. We all had different talents, I am the harmony vocalist & Graphic Designer, Ricky Cee is the engineer and Bvrban is the beat maker. Then a year ago i was introduced to Young Pow and I met Sherieta few months later, they both loved the sound of my voice and decided to play a major role in my production.

“F U Poverty” is a released dancehall single with a strong lyric. What is for you the way to forget the poverty and to be successful?

 Staying Focus and continue working hard.

Your new single “Stayed” is out in the digital shops. What about the meaning of this song?

 I think I stepped a little out of the box to compose “Stayed”. This song is about a thing that happens every day : men cheating and regretting it afterwards. The speciality about this tune is that I got the instrumental from Young Pow during a time I was thinking about a complicated relationship and it influenced the entire song. This song is on the tracklist of Destiny Riddim, a compilation of different jamaican artists including Popcaan, iOctane, Black Am I and more.

What are your future projects ?

Well I have a new EP (Short Album) that is releasing soon from Young Pow Productions which will include 6 tracks. “Stayed” is also apart of it. The remaining five songs are fire so I am urging the mass to look out for this EP, trust me, the tunes them nuh normal !

Eugenia Conti



TRA SOGNO E REALTA’ / Intervista con BOB MARLEY in occasione dei suoi 73 anni

Oggi avrebbe compiuto 73 anni. (Nine Mile, 6 febbraio 1945 – Miami, 11 maggio 1981).

Robert Nesta Marley, per tutto il Mondo noto come Bob, non è solo il pioniere del reggae che resterà 36enne per sempre o il jamaicano rasta più famoso del Globo che aveva per padre un soldato inglese che abbandonò lui e sua mamma sull’Isola. Il rivoluzionario Bob e’ molto di più. E’ la fonte inesauribile di ispirazione per generazioni e generazioni di tutto il Mondo. Se ci avviciniamo ad un nostro genitore canticchiando “One Love, one Earth” loro risponderanno in maniera automatica “Let’s get together and feel all right”, così come se lo facessimo con i nostri figli.

Un’icona planetaria capace di essere compreso da tutti grazie al linguaggio universale che utilizzava : quello dell’amore. Insegnava al prossimo ad amare, indistintamente. A prescindere dal colore della pelle o dallo status sociale. Un’utopista, un lottatore, una guida spirituale. Amante dei diritti umani avrebbe dato la sua vita in difesa degli stessi. Per lui la musica non costituiva un business o un mero intrattenimento, ma una risposta al Sistema consumistico. Il denaro era un mezzo che rendeva schiavi gli esseri umani. Mentre diffondere il messaggio di Jah Rastafari, diffondere amore, pace, unità era la sua missione esistenziale. Ci invitava ad unirci nel nome del bene, dell’antirazzismo, a guardare oltre ogni singolo pregiudizio. Questa notte finalmente l’ho conosciuto nei miei sogni ed ho visto avversarsi il mio più grande desiderio : intervistare proprio lui, Bob Marley in persona. Finanche l’istituzione giornalistica inglese del reggae David Rodigan scrive nella sua biografia ‘My life in reggae’ che fu uno choc, ovviamente positivo, conoscere improvvisamente il suo idolo Bob Marley a Londra ed ancora di più ritrovarsi ad intervistarlo e a lanciare casualmente una sua nuova canzone in esclusiva mondiale su Radio Capital. Un impatto ingestibile per la propria emotività, ma che riuscì a superare grazie all’intraprendenza. ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan racconta che in quell’occasione era nervoso ed impacciato, proprio come un fan dinnanzi al suo beniamino, mentre Bob dal canto suo gli rispondeva in patois giamaicano con la tranquillità e la pace interiore che lo contraddistinguevano. Nel mio sogno lo stato d’animo era lo stesso del Sir “Gentleman RudeBoy”.

Dopo un concerto di Damian Marley, il più giovane dei suoi eredi, scendevo nel camerino convinta di intervistare Jr Gong, ma con immenso stupore trovavo di fronte a me proprio il grande precursore. Illuminato dalla luce foca di una lampada e seduto su una grande poltrona mi diceva “What’s up Lady?” facendomi segno con la mano di avvicinarmi. Io ancora incredula e con le gambe che tremavano all’impazzata mi avvicinavo alla ‘divinità’ con il registratore e la cartellina, sentendomi inadeguata e ridicola con quelli oggetti tra le mani. Mi accomodavo su una poltroncina al suo fianco e ci scambiavamo un sorriso per rompere il ghiaccio. Non avevo nemmeno le domande pronte, ne’ uno schema dell’intervista ed ero fortemente imbarazzata. Dove erano gli altri musicisti, il manager, i promoters ed il video maker per riprendere ? Tutti spariti. Ero in un’altra dimensione ? Non lo sapevo più a questo punto ma il microfono Zoom era l’unico supporto che avevo a disposizione in quel momento per registrare questa testimonianza irripetibile. Premetti il tasto play, con i brividi che mi percorrevano il corpo. Poi con un filo di voce balbettante, improvvisai la prima domanda.

Hmmm… Parli sempre di amore nelle tue canzoni. Come dobbiamo imparare ad approcciarci a questa forza superiore senza lasciarci sopraffare a volte dai sentimenti negativi?

“Si sbaglia sempre. Si sbaglia per rabbia, per amore, per gelosia. Si sbaglia per imparare. Imparare a non ripetere certi errori. Si sbaglia per poter chiedere scusa, per poter ammettere di aver sbagliato. Si sbaglia per crescere e maturare. Si sbaglia perché non si e’ perfetti”.

Ed e’ sbagliato credere nei nostri sogni con tutte le nostre forze, anche quando sembrano più grandi di noi o irrealizzabili ?

“Chi ha paura di sognare e’ destinato a morire”

Tu sei un grande sognatore e perciò rimani immortale nella memoria di tutti noi e delle generazioni a seguire. Il Mondo di oggi si e’ trasformato in un impero del male. Da utopista quale sei quando pensi che finirà la guerra?

“Fino a quando il colore della pelle sarà più importante del colore degli occhi ci sarà sempre guerra”.

Le discriminazioni razziali continuano tutt’oggi. Come si può combattere questo fenomeno che affligge l’umanità ?

“Ricorda. Meglio morire combattendo per la libertà che morire da schiavi. Emancipate voi stessi dalla schiavitù mentale”.

Come ?

“Alla fine è semplice : il bene, il male, la lotta di chi soffre, la paura di chi e’ solo come un cane per strada. La vita e’ un gioco d’azzardo. Se perdi aspetta con calma la tua occasione, ma non smarrire la bussola. E soprattutto non farti corrompere.”

Cosa pensi della politica ? Tutti corrotti ?

La politica non mi interessa, e’ affare del demonio. I politici giocano con la testa delle persone.

La musica invece e’ tutto il contrario…

La musica e’ bella perché anche quando ti colpisce non senti dolore. La mia musica vivrà in eterno. Forse e’ stupido dirlo ma quando sono sicuro del fatto mio, lo dico. Vivrá per sempre.

Se non fossi stato un cantante in che ruolo ti saresti visto…

In quello di un calciatore o di un rivoluzionario.

Ma tu sei già un rivoluzionario, un’icona, una legenda. Non ti rendi conto che rivoluzione hai creato con la musica reggae? Influenzi la vita di milioni di persone ogni singolo giorno.

La musica reggae e’ una forma di lotta e lo diventerà sempre di più. Ti chiedo solo di non cercare di capirla in qualche giorno, in qualche mese, in qualche anno. Lascia che cresca dentro di te lentamente come un bambino. O come una pianta nella profondità della terra.

Perché una pianta come la marijuana terapeutica e’ considerata come qualcosa di illegale oggi e gli psicofarmaci delle case farmaceutiche che spingono le persone al suicidio no?

L’erba e’ illegale? Ma se e’ un dono della natura… Quindi volete dirmi che anche Dio e’ illegale? Non tacciatemi come anti-sistemico. Non sono io ad essere contro il Sistema, ma e’ il Sistema che e’ contro di me.

Eugenia Conti 

Video interview with Nadirah X / The jamaican rapper promotes a social benefit campaign to help Africa

We met Nadirah X after her show in Casalabate Music Festival 2017, Salento (Italy). Nadirah aka Nadz is a jamaican female rapper. In 2002 she won the Irie FM / CME Big Break Competition which led to perform at Chris Blackwell’s Island Village where she met Brian Jobson and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. Stewart invites Nadz to England where she begins a series of collaborations and productions with some of the most important musicians of the world including Mick Jagger from Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox and Jimmy Cliff.

She writes a part of the official Anthem of Greenpeace. During 2011 she is the leader of “Conspiracy For Good” campaign, a form of social entertainment called “Social Benefit Storytelling”. This campaign produced a contribution to open 5 bookstores in Africa, to give 50 scholarships to african students and to print over 10,000 books for libraries in Zambia through

Interviewer : Eugenia Conti

Editing : Morello Selecta