Worldwide reggae community lost Bunny Wailer/ The memories of the music industry’s exponents

Bunny Wailer, last member alive of the historical musical group ‘The Wailers’ is dead few days ago in Kingston. The lost of the beloved singer is so hard to accept for the whole reggae community around the Globe. It seems as an era is ending up now… But we know his legacy will live eternally.

Bunny Wailer is considered one of the most important musicians of the Jamaican reggae scene together with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. The three of them founded ‘The Wailers’. Born in Kingston on April 10, 1947 with the name of Neville O’Riley Livingston, Wailer was therefore 73 years old and was one of the still living voices of the ‘golden age of reggae’, well known also for his solo activity and for recognised as one of the most respected artistic figures of Jamaica, the land around which upbeat music has intertwined its destiny to become a synonym and the most powerful tool for cultural dissemination. In the group led by Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer was the most uncompromising from the point of view of the Rastafarian religion, the most radical even in political choices,

Bunny Wailer was born in Kingston but grew up in the village of Nine Mile in St. Ann and met Bob Marley there. They became friends united by the fate of being raised in a single parent family, Bunny raised by his father and Bob by his mother. In Kingston, where the two families decided to move together, they met Joe Higgs who had just achieved success and who gave him his first singing lessons along with Peter Tosh and Junior Braithwaite, who would become their companions in the Wailers along with the two Beverley singers: Kelso and Cherry Smith.

With the international success of the Wailers, in 1973, started the first problems. Bunny Wailer couldn’t stand the rhythms and rules of touring. He left during some concerts in England and refused to continue the tour in the United States, asking to be able to perform with the group only in shows in Jamaica. Tosh also quitted the band, the breakup of the group was evident and Wailer soon started his successful solo career. With the single ‘Searching for love’ he launched his own label: ‘Solomonic’. The Artist published pieces signed by the Wailers and kept to sing covers of the old group. His success became global over the years being respected in the scene as a ‘living legend’.

That’s how some of the main people in the Jamaican music industry remembered him on social medias including Bob Marley’s sons.

Ziggy Marley: “What your hands do, it’s your own eyes that have seen so won’t you judge your actions to make sure the results are clean… Be not selfish in your doing pass it on” Bunny Wailer Livingston. As we share memories we say a blessed spiritual journey on Jah B. Wailers live on. Peter, Bob and Bunny.

Stephen Marley: Sending love to the Livingston family as brother Bunny Wailer makes his transition. A founding member of the Wailers, Bob’s step-brother, a reggae icon in his own right. He will be missed but not forgotten. “Live for yourself and you will live in vain- live for others, you will live again. In the kingdom of Jah, man shall reign. Pass it on”. Rest in power

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David Rodigan: It is with a heavy heart that I have just learned of the passing of my long time friend and music maestro, Bunny Wailer. He was the sole surviving member of the greatest Reggae trio and band the World has ever known, the Wailers. An iconic figure who’s solo career and resulted in one of the most brilliant and inspiring albums in the entire Reggae lexicon… “Blackheart man”. his contribution to Jamaican music across the past 60 years is immeasurable. May his soul rest in peace knowing that he leaves us with a truly remarkable repertoire, if there’s one particular song that epitomises him and what he stood for is “Pass it on”.

Marcia Griffiths: Farewell my childhood friend & brother, I will always remember the days when you held my little hand & took me to little school every morning. Long live your music, legacy and spirit. Rest well.

Playing for Change: RIP Bunny Wailer, a true Soul Rebel with the voice of an angel. Your music will live with all of us forever and now you are Immortal. Say hi to Bob and Peter and we will continue to fight for all the Oppressed Souls hear on Earth.

The Skatalites: Today we salute the living legend Jah B, another icon who shaped Reggae Music. Bunny Wailer was the last living legend member of the reggae group The Wailers which comprised Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. The sole survivor of the trio is no longer with us. Today is a sad day for Reggae, your music will live for ever. 

Eugenia Conti

Asian Dub Foundation is n.1 in the Uk charts with the anti-Brexit single “Comin over here”

After an intense campaign on social networks, their protest song of Asian Dub Foundation “Comin Over Here”, featuring comedian Stewart Lee, reached No. 1 on the UK single download charts on the very first day of Brexit!

The money raised from “Comin’ Over Here” will be donated to the Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), a charity that supports young refugees striving to live independent and successful lives in the community.

Steve “Chandra” Savale, leader of Asian Dub Foundation, exclaimed: “This is an amazing result for a leftfield track that satirises casual anti- immigrant rhetoric. It’s struck a real chord with people because it’s both a tough tune and funny which is a rare combination. We’re happy that this unexpected pairing of one of Britain’s most brilliant comedians and most consistently radical band has raised a defiant smile in very challenging times and it shows that there’s still a lot of people out there that believe the UK should remain an open, progressive and welcoming place. It’s also incredible to think that in terms of actual sales, ie people deciding to buy the track rather than simply engaging a Spotify playlist, we were ahead of Ed Sheeran, Wham and Dua Lipa!”

Their anti-Brexit campaign got the support of other musical celebrities such as Rage Against The MachinePete Doherty and more.

“Comin’ Over Here” is taken from Asian Dub Foundation’s new album Access Denied which is out now. Access Denied released by X-Ray Production, with collaborations featuring Stewart Lee, incendiary Palestinian shamstep warriors 47 Soul and climate activist supreme Greta Thunberg.

The album showcases Asian Dub Foundation in full spectrum mode from the tough Jungle Punk sound of Stealing the Future and Mindlock through to the orchestral meditations of Realignment and the reggae lament of the title track. Unbowed and undeterred Asian Dub Foundation continue their sonic opposition to the powers that be and Access Denied kicks harder and higher than ever.

Eugenia Conti

COME ME/ Nuovo Ep di Fido Guido (Prod. by Morelove Music)

   

E’ da poco disponibile in tutti gli shops digitali il nuovo Ep di Fido Guido intitolato “Come me”. Esso contiene quattro tracce in stile Reggae e Dancehall che spaziano dalle più classiche alle più fresche sonorità giamaicane per un totale di tre canzoni in italiano ed una in inglese. I testi sono stati elaborati dal cantante pugliese insieme ai producers Pablo Morelove e Papa Leu. Nell’Ep è presente anche una collaborazione ovvero il singolo “Anche se” featuring Ensi, noto esponente del Rap made in Italy. Il lyric video del brano medesimo è online oggi su Youtube.

La traccia “Dove il sole” porterà l’ascoltatore in un viaggio immaginario in Giamaica vivendo al fianco di Fido Guido un’avventura ai Caraibi, mentre “Fossi qua” è una canzone sexy ed irresistibile, proprio come la donna alla quale è dedicata.

La quarta traccia si intitola “Love and Harmony”, brano edito ed interpretato sul Social Club Riddim. La produzione del disco è stata curata interamente da Pablo Morelove della label torinese Morelove Music. Le tracce sono state magistralmente registrate, mixate e masterizzate da Papa Leu (Adriatic Sound, Sud Sound System, Bag A Riddim band, Ska Nation band) direttamente dal Salento.
Completo e dinamico, forte ed introspettivo, questo Ep preannuncia l’uscita dell’ album “COME ME” Lp prevista per il 18 gennaio 2021.

Titolo: Come Me

Artista: Fido Guido

Tracklist:

1 – Fossi Qui

2 – Dove il Sole

3 – Anche Se feat. Ensi

4 – Love and Harmony

Etichetta musicale: Morelove Music
Produttori esecutivi: Paolo “Pablo Morelove“ Strumia e Raffaele “Papa Leu“ Leo
ARRANGIAMENTI, REGISTRAZIONE, MIX e MASTER Papa Leu presso Adriatic Sound studio (Trepuzzi -Italia ), Kamal Evans presso Big Yard studio (Kingston – Giamaica ) e MASTER Jemoi “ J. Twiss “ Monteith presso Clearsonix studio ( Kingston -Giamaica )
RIDDIM MIX e MASTER: Princevibe
Musicisti: Papa Leu, Antonio “Fossa Drummer“ Miglietta, Ciro “Princevibe” Pisanelli , Giovanni “Ficupala“ Costanza, Luca Manno.

Interview with J Written: “People have the power every day to change the way they look at themselves”

Today we have interviewed a new rising star from Jamaica: J Written. The young Artist Jason Rasheed Wright, stage name J Written, was born in 1994 and he was destined for musical prowess from an early age.

Growing up with his mother, father and two sisters, J Written’s life was blighted by financial instability and constant moving around various areas of Kingston, Jamaica.

“I was unable to socialise with my peers because of my parent’s fear of negative influences,” says Written.

“I was forced to stay inside the house with my sisters. This is how I found out writing and reading was an easy way to escape the grey reality. I wrote daily journals and personal articles on the wall of my homes.”

Writing poems, speeches and essays helped sharpen the tools he uses today. He joined the debate team at his high school Bridgeport High, which gave him the confidence he needed power.

He later discovered a talent for dance even forming a squad at the age of 16. The troupe known as the Acez Dancers took Kingston by a storm.

Despite those moves, he felt there was something missing in his life. He was still writing but dancing and writing was not enough.

I was also studying for my flying pilot’s licence and completed the first part of my training but was unable to complete the process due to economical pressures.

So, at the age 18 he started to fiddle with his old broken-down computer at home, selecting and building beats. Then he started to sing on his own riddims putting a title to one of his productions called “Top Floor Music”.

His passion for music continued: he was often visiting various prominent studios in Jamaica, including JAMINS in Trench Town.

JAMIN studio Fifth Street Trench Town has become his camp where his career began to take a new socially conscious shape. His first notable release was as lead singer with the Right Band. The track is entitled “Remember December”, which focuses on the economic stress of Christmas.  Next up he got a major release featuring international Recording Artist Alborosie entitled “Fear to Understand” that gives a different highlight in J Written’s musical journey.

Gege Vibes: Hi Written what’s up? At what stage is your musical journey?

J Written: I just observe what I see happening around me, then I transform it in lyrics of my songs. I’m also lucky cause right now I have a support team who is managing me and I’m trying to achieve the highest standard in what I do.

G.V. About highest standards in your career, what about your experience with Bunny Wailers? How did it start ?

J.W. We became connected through King Calie and Dre Tosh when they brought bredrens who I was with at that time to his museum to rehearse for a couple of shows. Over time his son and I became close, but the family did not know me as a singer, I was just the bredren around the musicians. Now they appreciate my artistic skills as well.

G.V. : What do u think is the biggest result you actually achieved during your career then?

J.W. To be honest I’ve done so much in my career, but the real highlight of all if it was when someone reached out to me saying that somehow I helped to make his burden lighter. He just listened to one of my songs. I think that’s what all artists should aim for. It means to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

G.V. You just talked about positivity. In your opinion why is it important for the new generations to keep doing positive reggae music?

J.W. I believe in all the positive music, no matter what the genre is. I found over time that I express myself better using Reggae, but whatever style is used to bring across the message is a thumbs up for me.

G.V. What’s the message beside your single ‘Fear to understand’ featuring Alborosie? And how was to collaborate with him? 

The song “Fear to understand” is showing the people who believe that they are a failure that they have the power every day to change the way they look at themselves.

G.V. Are you planning to release any official album?

J.W. Albums and more projects are always at the forefront of my mind, if I even tried to slow down and stop it would be like trying to bottle the sea. There’s lots more projects coming soon. I am currently in studios  working on my EP due to be released early next year 2021. I generally just go with what my energy tells me.

Eugenia Conti

Interview with Nerry: “I’m the voice of the oppression we faced from the Government for years.”

Hailing from Westmoreland (Jamaica) Nerada Brissette, known with the stage name of Nerry, has been around since the mid-90s and performed at most of Jamaica’s major music festivals. Nerry not only sings, he’s also a player of various instruments. But there is no other instrument close to him than the “bass”, according to Nerry’s personal opinion. He’s currently working on his first album, which he is producing as his solo debut entitled “Call Me Nerry”. The singer toured in Europe, to be exact in Germany and Austria, back in 2008 with Freddie McGregor. He’s been touring the USA since the beginning of the pandemic early this year. Nerry is the perfect representation of reggae music and its demands. He maintains an authentic sound and never fails to captivate his audience. His soulful, smooth and raspy vocals are rarely heard those days. His last single “Babylon have the nerve” featuring Gentleman and Freddie McGregor is actually getting a great forward all over the World. We have interviewed him.

Gege Vibes: How did u approach to your musical journey?

Nerry: Music is in my blood as long as my father is also a singer and a player of instruments. It all started singing in church, where I also learnt to play different musical instruments. In the high school I sang with a group called “Soul 4 Soul” then I started singing at the hotels and at the end in the concerts.

GV: It was a long race. What do you think is the biggest result you actually achieved during your artistic career? 

N: The greatest thing I’ve achieved is the vocal respect I got wherever I performed and also the immaculate comparison I get between other great international vocalists. It’s an honour for me.

GV: You are a reggae singer. Why in your opinion is it important for the new generations to keep doing reggae music? 

N: Throughout the years reggae has been the best way to uplift spirits. Personally, it means the expression of myself to the fullest. That’s why the new generations need to keep this musical genre alive. I believe the whole World gravitates around reggae music.

GV: What’s the message beside your new successful single ‘Babylon have the nerve’ featuring Freddie McGregor and Gentleman?

N: The message in this song is all about the oppression we face for years from the Government in terms of legalization of Marijuana.

GV: I could feel this topic really touchd you. What are other topics you prefer singing about?

I don’t really have a favorite topic. I just write and create what comes to my mind depending on the way it makes me feel.

GV: Are you planning to release any album and in general what are your future projects?

N: I have an EP ready and we were setting up to release it in December 2020 along with two album release parties but the whole plan got delayed due to the corona pandemic. It’s a 6 track album titled “Call me NERRY” though. My team also realized 4 official videoclips out of the six tracks that I will be launch online very soon.

Eugenia Conti

Interview with I-Taweh: “My dream is to live long and healthy to see the unification of this human race”

Donavan I-taweh Cunningham was born in the hills of St. Ann, the same parish in Jamaica where the great Marcus Garvey, Burning Spear and Bob Marley all rise from. Like most successful artists, he comes from humble beginnings. Raised in the farming community of Prickly Pole, he spent most of his childhood farming alongside his father and four brothers. As a young child he played music on handmade instruments crafted together from bamboo and sardine tins.
It was the move to Kingston in 1992 that jump-started his musical career. Living between the communities of Mall Road, Grants Pen, Portmore, Rockfort, and Duhaney Park, I-taweh found comfort in the ghetto at the Community Center of The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

This was extremely influential for his music and his mission, where he was amongst some of the greatest musicians in the industry including Dizzy Johnny Moore, Earl Chinna Smith, Nambo Robinson, and Bongo Herman. During this time he was rarely seen without his guitar, and was given the nickname Danny Gitz. Along with the name, his skills and reputation as a musician began to grow, until the legendary Sugar Minott took him under his wing as his guitarist and harmony singer.

In 1998, I-taweh became the youngest member of The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Jamaica’s most influential Nyahbingi, religious and cultural group. With Brother Sam Clayton as the leader, they toured Europe extensively until 2007 presenting traditional Jamaican music and educational workshops.
I-taweh produced and composed his first solo album, Overload, which he released in 2011. He has since gone one to self-produce two more albums, Judgementwhich was released in February 2017, and his latest project, Reload, released on January 3rd, 2020.  He is currently promoting his new single “One too many” that is denouncing the brutality of police against black people in the World. He composed this tune after the tragedy of George Floyd, happened in USA. The Artist underlines that every human being deserves the same justice and human rights otherwise there will be never any peace without any justice.

1. As many great artists you came from modest origins. Could you explain us how did you approach to your musical journey in the first place? 
I started out in a tiny community called Prickly Pole. It’s in St Ann Parrish, Jamaica, just a few miles from the home where Bob Marley grew in Nine Mile. My first real musical approach was playing in the church of my community.
2. Who are your biggest artistic inspirations? 
I would say The Wailers and Kenny Rodgers.
3. You’re a Rastaman. Could you tell us something more about the tour u did in Europe in 2007 to educate people to this culture? How it was the feedback here so far?
 Yah man. I’m proudly a Rastaman. The tours I did in Europe were very good for me especially because I got the chance to visit new places, to meet new people to share my vibrations and Reggae music with.
4. Your last project ‘Reload’ was released on January 3rd. How was working at this project with your team?

My latest album “Reload” was released in the beginning of this year, was a very good experience for me putting it together, I wanna give thanks to all who was there with me for the ride. This album is I-Taweh’s greatest body of work-to-date.

All songs are composed, written, and produced by myself through my independent label Tap Nat Muzik.
5. Do the topics inside your albums reflect any of the main dream of your life? 
The main dream of my life is to live long and healthy to see the unification of this human race. I tried my best to express this message through my latest album.
6. Do you believe in the power of conscious music as a privileged way to give universal messages then? Why in your opinion is important that younger artists keep some great values of the past? 
Yes, I do believe in conscious positive vibes. Since I was a little boy ’till now it’s being a positive uplifting force in my life. Today I’m in a point that hopefully I can reach some young minds and souls with my music.
7. Any Future project as soon as everything will return back to normal?
Well, I am always working on projects, the inspirations keeps flowing which I’m thankful for… so I am constantly in the studio recording new songs. I’ll soon update you.
8. Could you give a special greetings for Gege Vibes Magazine readers?
Eugenia Conti