Il ritorno di Jah Mason/ Dalla Giamaica a Roma per l’anniversario di Pakkia Crew

Roma. L’appuntamento per i reggae lovers è il prossimo 30 Aprile 2019 a Intifada (Via di Casal Bruciato, 15) per assistere alla performance live di Jah Mason live direttamente dalla Jamaica. Per celebrare il loro dodicesimo anniversario l’affermato sound system romano Pakkia Krew propone questo ospite di eccezione: Andre Johnson, al secolo appunto Jah Mason. L’artista, classe ’73, è originario della parrish di Manchester in Jamaica ed è cresciuto in una famiglia cristiana. Da adolescente veniva chiamato “Perry Mason” ed è con questo primo nome che si presenta sulla scena con il suo singolo di debutto “Selassie I Call We” nel lontano 1991. Nel 1995 si evolve in Fire Mason e comincia ad entrare nell’ordine Bobo Ashanti del movimento rastafariano. La sua vicinanza alla fede rasta gli permette di identificarsi e suonare col suo attuale stage name ovvero Jah Mason. Sicuramente i più appassionati ricorderanno la sua hit storica “My Princess Gone”, canzone che ha contribuito fortemente ad accrescerne la popolarità, come anche la sua amicizia col cantante internazionale Jah Cure, il quale gli ha dato l’opportunità di apparire ed esibirsi in diversi suoi shows in Jamaica. Il 2002 marca l’anno di uscita del suo primo album “Keep your joy & working so hard”. Da quel momento l’Artista ha pubblicato diversi lavori discografici come “Wheat and tears” o “The Saga Bed” pubblicati da importanti etichette quali Greensleeves Records , Vp Records ed è stato anche distribuito da Warners.

David Jeffries di All Music ha descritto Jah Mason come “un’artista agile senza sforzo, in grado di comunicare amore, pathos, rivoluzione, spiritualità e persino sensualità”.Tra le sue hits oltre alla big tune mondiale “My princess gone” che abbiamo già menzionato, possiamo annoverare “Mi Chalwa”, “Ganja for life”, “A lion look” e molte altre.

Non a caso il Nostro vanta la pubblicazione di ben 19 albums, l’ultimo dei quali, “Love & Wisdom”, è uscito nel Novembre del 2015. Saremo lieti di accoglierlo ancora una volta a Roma, città in cui l’artista manca da anni. Per il warm up e l’after party verrà proposto lo show dancehall con Vito outta Yard Beat, A star bene ed ovviamente Pakkia crew a fare gli onori di casa. Per il compleanno numero 12 della “Green Family of Rome” non si escludono sorprese con special guests artists e dancers che supporteranno lo show per una serata in perfetto stile caraibico.

Eugenia Conti

 

SUNSHINE / Brand new single Answele featuring I-Octane (Young Pow Prod.)

 

“Sunshine” is the brand new single of the versatile 20 years old jamaican singer Answele featuring the international recording artist I-Octane. The song, out from last Friday on every platform, is produced by Young Pow and distributed by Ghetto Youths Intl.

“The tune represents where I am now in life – Answele said to our microphones – It’s a clear message about what’s going on in my musical journey right now. On top of that has been my song whenever I feel like I’m in a down depressive vibe”.

Answele, after performing in Europe last December as open act for I-Octane Love & Life Tour 2018 promoted by Gege Vibes, has found the inspiration to compose the lyric of this song. I-Octane completed the work composing the lyric of his part. The worldwide known jamaican musician Sean Diedrick from Damian Marley’s Team, owner of Young Pow, takes care of the whole production.

Answele explains us his feeling of happiness dropping a new single in collaboration with I-Octane: “This collaboration is a dream comes true for me. It’s a completed milestone. I-Octane’s music is and was always very impactful in my life. I rate him as a entertainer. Getting to know better him in person let alone did a song with an artist of his caliber is something big for me. I will always cherish this song! Plus I want to tell Big Up to Pow, the producer”. 

Answele’s career reserves many surprises for us in the future. In the meantime enjoy the listening of “Sunshine” or buy it in every digital platform.

“Sunshine” Official Links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yma_Vo4If7U

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunshine-single/1456683122?fbclid=IwAR3FHmemRbCtquayALbbd5mU64khPRHKDiEjIxY6vWWyQnqo5pZKoLIFWYE

 

Eugenia Conti 

Interview with KOFFEE: “Just want to put out more conscious music to create a positive young reggae movement” (2018)

Gege Vibes Team meets the young jamaican singer Koffee during the 25th edition of Rototom Sunsplash 2018 in Spain before of her performance with Cocoa Tea on the main stage of the Festival. Koffee is only 18 years old but she is an aware artist already with a really conscious mentality and she is able to inspire the new generations as well. Koffee says her main musical inspirations are firstly Chronixx and Protoje (she performed together with them last November in London, UK for the event BBC Introducing at Tobacco Docks and the day after at the prestigious venue Alexandra Palace for a sold out show of ten thousands people), but even artists like Agent Sasco Buju Banton, Sizzla and many more. Her last single “Toast”, from upcoming Rapture Ep out on every platform from last month, got very good feedbacks in the worldwide musical panorama. “Gratitude is a must”, Koffee tells in the lyric of this song. She is actually considered a rising reggae star and definitely the revelation of last and this year.

Interviewer: Gege Vibes

Shooting: Noctis 

Editing: Bussweh Visuals

 

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

 

ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH 2018 DAY 01 / Stars of the main stage : Julian Marley, Cocoa Tea Ft Koffee and Ben Harper

The first night of “Rototom Sunsplash 2018 – 25 years walking together” was explosive. The day one of the biggest European Reggae Festival started last evening with high-level performances. On the main stage there were Julian Marley from Jamaica, Cocoa Team ft Koffee from Jamaica and Ben Harper from Usa. Julian Marley & the Uprising gave us a great show as usual. “Juju” conquered the spectators reinterpreting some Bob Marley’s hits like One Love and Exodus. The brand new album of Julian Marley will be out very soon. Then there was the turn of Cocoa Tea that smashed up the stage. His energy was incredible for the whole performance and his special guest Koffee was the real revelation for the Rototom’s crowd. Koffee is only 18 years old, but her talent and intelligence is impressive. She was defining herself blessed to have the opportunity to share the stage with a veteran name of the Jamaican music as her mentor Cocoa Tea. Last star on the main stage was Ben Harper. Ben leaded the massive during the show with his historical band the Innocent Criminals and the sound of his own guitar. After it everyone moved in the dancehall area to enjoy Spice’s performance and the New Level Bcn Crew, sound system from Spain. Spice confirmed yesterday in Benicasim her title of “Reina of Dancehall” and we must give a big up to her official dancer Rebel as well. Tonight we’re attending legendary names on the main stage: Groundation (Usa), Sly & Robbie, Yellow Man, Johnny Osbourne, Bitty McLean (Jamaica/Uk) and “dulcis in fundo” Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica).

Article Eugenia Conti

Photo Gallery Noctis

“HOT WORLD”, new official videoclip for I-Octane’s Reggae Sumfest experience

The featuring of this week on our web magazine is dedicated to a Jamaican hype reggae artist: I-Octane. After the release, in march 2018, of his solo album “Love and life”, he decided to self-produce a single called “Hot World” for his own label Conquer The Globe Productions.

There will be a day when I just want to ease back and watch the fruits of my labour. This label is already doing that with this song. Production is a very important aspect of the music, and when you sit back and bask in the fact that you created this art from scratch, both vocally and musically, the feeling is great,he said to other Jamaican newspapers.

I-Octane is satisfied about the positive feedbacks about this song. He believes that people can easily identify to his song thanks to the conveied message: work hard until your dreams come true, even if it happens later than expected.

The track is already getting good exposure in Jamaica. After his experience as a performer on the main stage of Reggae Sumfest 2018, the biggest Reggae Festival of the World located in Montego Bay, he launched the official videoclip of “Hot World”  that summarizes his best moments during this week-end. I-Octane wants to share with his fans all the happiness that he is feeling thanks to their recognition.

Eugenia Conti