Interview with Sean ‘Pow’ Diedrick – 2nd Chapter 2018 – Destiny Riddim Special Edition

Gege Vibes meets Sean “Pow” Diedrick in O2 Academy Brixton (London) during Damian Marley Uk Tour Summer 2018. Once again we got an interview with Sean aka Di Producer, owner of the label Young Pow Production, that impressed us by his musical achievements. Indeed, the polyhedral artist is the grammy keyboard player and producer of the year for the credits he gave on Stony Hill Album: R.O.A.R., Autumn Leaves, Slave Mills, Time Travel and the most of the tracks. At the beginning of 2018 he released “Destiny Riddim”, a compilation with various reggae artists. Basically. he decided to remix the famous tune “Where we come from” of Popcaan, juggling the riddim and involving other names as I-Octane, Christopher Ellis, Alaine, Press Kay, Answele, Sowflo, Black Am I and Irie SoulJah. It was nice that on the same instrumental have participated mainstream and upcoming artists from different places as Jamaica, Miami, Spain and Uk. It was a success distributed by Ghetto Youths International with important credits by Sherieta and Baby G. “Di producer” shared his point of view explaining us how he built his own independent project. For the new year there are a new productions to be released, as for example some unfinished Chronixx and Sean Paul. Definitely, Sean is leaving his mark on the World in the name of his original place: Orange Hill, Brown’s Town 

Eugenia Conti 

Interview with Courtney ‘Bam’ Diedrick – Grammy Drummer touring the World with Damian Marley

(Cover Photo credit: @radiantsun9)

Courtney Diedrick, also known as “Bamdrumz”, is the official drummer for Damian Marley. We meet him in O2 Academy Leeds (Uk) during Stony Hill European Tour 2018. Straight from Jamaica, and exactly from Brown’s Town (Saint Ann), “Bam” informs us about the legendary drummers who inspired him during his journey: Carlton Barrett from Bob Marley & The Wailers, Sly from Sly and Robbie, Squidly Cole from Stephen Marley, Deleon White also known as Jubba from Dubtonic Kru and many more. He feels good to inspire the new generations today, especially in his community, because he believes this is the meaning of playing music.

Secondly, he underlines the attachment with his family and to the brothers John, Rayon and Sean. All his siblings are musicians and they helped in molding his career prior to furthering his studies at Edna Manley College of Music in Kingston. His older brother John met Damian in Montego Bay and later introduced Sean aka “Young Pow” for the audition as keyboardplayer, who surprisingly saw that drummers were also being auditioned, so he passed on the news to “Bam”. His history began much earlier when he started playing in church at age of 16, later on in Hotels, teaching music in high school and now touring the world with “Jr Gong”. He still remembers his level of anxiety when he went to audition to play and he could see a long line of drummers from around the world waiting for their turn. Despite the insecurities of the moment, Courtney “did his thing” and reached the goal. He discussed the importance of never forgetting that positive vibration that musicians should feel when playing their instruments. He tries to treat every opportunity he gets to play with passion as if it was his first time playing the drums: “Playing with Damian is a great feeling that will never leave me because the moment you lose that feeling, you lose everything”. 

Then we talk about the most beautiful memories of his tours in the world: “We have a lot of highlights and many other stuffs that have happened on the road, but to visit the Mother Land Africa was a huge deal for me, it was always my dream even before I started touring.”. “Bam” tells us how much his origins have influenced even his style of playing. Reggae is a music full of feelings that reminds us of the past, for example slavery: “You can feel emotions in reggae – he continued – and my playing has a lot to do with my roots and my culture”.

Courtney is the Grammy Drummer of this year with “Stony Hill” Album. Nicely, he gives thanks to all the fans for it sharing with them his happiness about this result:“I rememeber all the nights that we spent in the studio with my crew without getting any sleep and now this great joy finally pays off”.

  (Photo Credit: @itseltonbrown)

He didn’t work only with Damian Marley but with several international artists as Mick Jagger, Nas, Kieth Richards, Eric Clapton, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Playing for Change P.F.C., I-Taweh, Jah Cure and many more. Playing for Change is a project between street musicians and mainstream ones from all over the World. This group is the perfect example to show people we are more alike than different and it doesn’t matter our culture or the color of our skin. Reggae music is a universal language.

One of Courtney’s future projects is to give more light to the jamaican drummers featuring them on a documentary. Another project is about his productions that are in a pause right now, but will be out soon.

Passion, talent, determination, attitude, gratitude and humbleness are just some of the features that makes Diedrick so popular and respected in the actual worldwide musical scene. We are waiting to hear his riddims and to appreciate him in the role of producer as well.

Eugenia Conti

 

DJ PELE PRESENTS “REGGAE BOUNCE FROM JAMAICA TO EUROPE MIXTAPE”

“Reggae Bounce from Jamaica to Europe” is the new mixtape mixed by Dj Pele (Young Pow Production) for Gege Vibes Magazine. Dj Pele is a popular selecter from Jamaica. He developed an early interest in music due to the vast array of Sound Systems which were booked for popular street dancers in the capital city Kingston, Sound Systems such as Killamanjaro, Stone Love, King Addies and more. These sound systems showed him from an early stage in his life what he really wanted to do : a disc jockey like no other, versatile as the best of them, one who could be a Selecta(selector) of good music and a microphone DJ as well, one that can hold the crowd maintaining their interests and energies. Moving to St. Ann he went to work for a sound system as sound engineer.

“My job was to ensure that the sound system was in order and that the boxes were ok. After continuous hard work and practice I was given the chance to play on this sound system’s turn table… I remember being so nervous that I broke the needle, which wasn’t a good start, we were still using records at that time. After this initial fail, I did a pretty good job of impressing the boss by my style of play, after that I guess I was on my way to becoming a sound system selector”, he told.

Dj Pele had spent almost 20 years developing and honing his skills as a disc jockey from the days of records, cassettes, CD’s, Virtual Dj to Serato. He got dubplates from a lot of artists : Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Sizzla, Romain Virgo and many more. He becomes known as one of the most rounded disc jockey of his generation in Jamaica being comfortable playing different genres of music, different spaces and different crowds.

“Having a diverse knowledge base of different types of music, it has allowed me to become very good at what I do : music is my passion. Being a DJ isn’t just a job to me but is a part of me, it is what makes me who I am, playing music for different people and seeing them having a great time gives me the greatest thrill, knowing that I can make them feel the way they do”, he claimed. As the great Bob Marley says “When music hits you feel no pain”. Enjoy the “Reggae Bounce from Jamaica to Europe Mixtape” with the music of Damian Marley, Chronixx, Popcaan, Tarrus Riley, Stephen Marley, Sizzla Kalonji, Christopher Ellis, iOctane, Swele, Press Kay, Assassin aka Agent Sasco and many more. Check the Dj Pele’s upcoming European Tour this summer as well powered by Gege Vibes.

SOUNDCLOUD LINK : https://soundcloud.com/user-738180250/reggae-bounce_mixtape-for-gege-vibes_by-dj-pele

BRAND NEW VIDEOCLIP / Living It Up – Damian Marley (03-30-2018)

“Living it up” is the brand new videoclip  from Damian Marley’s Grammy Winning album “Stony Hill”. In this song, Jr Gong explains to his son the story of their legendary family. Damian Marley shows his heritage all the places in Jamaica where he grew up and where even Bob Marley lived. The message of the melody is to never stop believing in your dreams to go out from the ghetto and to have a better lifestyle.

LYRICS

But have you made it out
Out of the ghetto?
Believe in your dreams
Believe you and me, don’t let go
We’re living it up
We’re having a good time baby
I was born uptown of the ghetto dream
Now ain’t life crazy?
Daddy made it out
Out of the ghetto
Believe in your dreams
Believe you and me, don’t let go
We’re living it up
Having a good time baby
I was born uptown of the ghetto dream
Now don’t be lazy
Trenchtown have a grandson
Growin’ up to be somebody
Gong to the zilly
Yo me flow phenomenally
I am the kind of thing that doesn’t happen normally
I’m a one in a zillion
Yo dawg, if you want some
Good life finally
Perhaps change your night time hobby
Come out of the old crime lobby
And benefit from your wisdom
Me ah gwan livin’ top life is better than great
Every other day we buy a dozen dub plate
Put in our hustle, we nuh sit down and wait
Nuff ah pull no muscle, no it’s never too late
Dey gwan celebrate in a rich people place
Ya likkle rastaman from Trenchtown find di gate
With food in our bled and drinks in our crate
We sing till da neighbour dem wake
But have you made it out
Out of the ghetto?
Believe in your dreams
Believe you and me, don’t let go
We’re living it up
We’re having a good time baby
I was born uptown of the ghetto dream
Now ain’t life crazy?
Daddy made it out
Out of the ghetto
Believe in your dreams
Believe you and me, don’t let go
We’re living it up
Having a good time baby
I was born uptown of the ghetto dream
Now don’t be lazy
Uptown Jamaica born an’ raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Burning babilonio and dem dirty ways
While watchin’ all the rich kids goin’ astray
Uptown Jamaica born an’ raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Big city life Kingston, an Mo Bay
And if you think me sell out
Tell dem ain’t no way
So, live it up
Trenchtown to Rema
Riverton, South side to jungle
Sherlock, Gyaden to Spanglas
The inland, Three Mile to Bactu
Portmore, sea view, Spanish Town
Nine Mile, downstown to Flankers
Falmouth, Westside, Orange Hill
But have you made it out
Out of the ghetto?
Believe in your dreams
Believe you and me, don’t let go
We’re living it up
We’re having a good time baby
I was born uptown of the ghetto dream
Now ain’t life crazy?
Daddy made it out
Out of the ghetto
Believe in your dreams
Believe you and me, don’t let go
We’re living it up
Having a good time baby
I was born uptown of the ghetto dream
Now don’t be lazy

DESTINY RIDDIM 2018 / The new compilation of Jamaican artists is out now (Prod by Young Pow, Baby G & Sherieta)

Destiny Riddim is the new coolest reggae product of 2018. The compilation is produced by Sean Diedrick aka Young Pow, the Grammy Winning Producer of Damian Marley’s “Stony Hill”. The Album just won the highest award in the music industry; Baby G, the legacy of King Jahmmy and Sherieta, well known singer, songwriter and Jr Gong’s backing voice. Mainstream names as Popcaan and I-Octane participated in the project with their versions, but on the Destiny Riddim there was also space for some new talents from the Island as Answele. All the artists were really glad to be a part of.

The entire juggling, distributed by the label Ghetto Youths International, is available on iTunes opening this link  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/destiny-riddim-compilation/1342995687

TRACKLIST

  1. Where di Fire Gone – I Octane
  2. Lucky You – Alaine
  3. Where we come from (Remix) – Popcaan
  4. Destiny – Press Kay
  5. If You Knew – Christopher Ellis
  6. Stayed – Answele
  7. Fire Burning – Black Am I
  8. Jah Jah Don’t Leave Me – Irie SoulJah
  9. Morning Thunder – SowFlo

CHECK THE PROMO VERSIONS OF I-OCTANE AND ANSWELE

Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2018 / Third round of artists just announced

There are some news for the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruisers ! The Third Round of Artists for the special 5th Year Anniversary was just announced. In the line up will perform some historical artists as Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, Skatalites, Ken Boothe, Horace Andy and Leroy Sibbles. The period of this edition is from Dec 1 to 6 to Jamaica on the Independence Of The Seas. More artists and activity announcements will come soon. If you didn’t check the first and the second round of artists you could do it now.

We’ll find on board all the Bob Marley’s legacy : Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky Mani, Damian. Awesome combination. Other names will be Jah Cure, Chronixx, Agent Sasco and Shenseea.

The first announcements of the line up 2018 were about popular artists as the young talents Jesse Royal, Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid, the dancehall stars Aidonia, Konshens, Elephant Man plus Queen Ifrica and Third World.

To book your cabin just contact at:
http://www.welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com or call the number 215.663.8800