Interview with Walshy Fire: “Whatever platform I’m getting, I try my best to bring my Jamaican culture along with me”.

We interviewed Leighton Paul Walsh, better known by his stage name Walshy Fire via Skype. Grammy Award Winning Jamaican American DJ, MC and producer, Walshy Fire had so many memories to share with us. His musical journey is very long and full of accomplishments. He started with his first sound called Change Disco when he was 18, then he continued to play with CoppershotBlack Chiney and 9 years ago he started his prolific union with the brand Major Lazer. This collaboration made him travel all over the World smashing up every single place. He used a mainstream formula to promote jamaican sonorities and that’s the key of his huge success. Walshy Fire would like to see a different highlight for Jamaican artists internationally like it’s happening right now with his ward Koffee. Not by chance, he got the Grammy to produce her major hit “Toast”.

Walshy Fire with Koffee in Usa (contributed)

 

Walshy produced a whole lot of music and riddims in his career featuring Artists such us Chronixx, Kabaka PyramidCocoa Tea and many more. Right now, he is focused on the online business due the Covid-19 emergency advertising his format “Quarantine Clash”, together with Warrior Sound, to teach more about the soundclash culture in a streaming way on Youtube, Facebook and Twitch. The Quarantine Clash grand finale was on May 31st and the popular jury established as winner of the 2020 Editition Chiquidubs from Panama.

 

Interviewer: Eugenia Conti 

Songs (Promotional use only)

Watch out for this – Major Lazer

Que Calor – Major Lazer

Video directed by Drummstudio Salento

NEW RELEASE / PressKay’s “Destiny” – Official Videoclip – with special appearances Tarrus Riley and Kabaka Pyramid

“What is for you is for you, what is for me, is for me… Everyone rules his own destiny”, said the chorus of the beautiful Press Kay’s song titled Destiny. We already knew the tune from last year because it was the title track of Destiny Riddim, produced in 2018 by the jamaican producer Young Pow and distributed by Ghetto Youths International. When Destiny Riddim was released we remained positively impressed about the version of the young jamaican artist because of her lyricism and consciousness. We used to consider Press Kay mostly a dancehall singer, but we definitely appreciated her even more in this reggae way. The official videoclip, shooted and edited by Bussweh, eclectic and multi-talented film-maker made in Jamaica, is just online and it is the perfect added value to this meaningful single. Em-press Kay has chosen to underline the strong connection with the motherland Africa, evident in her outfit and in the background. The talented performer, recording artist, interviewer and Pr has touched in this video important topics as slavery and the recent situation of refugees in Libia, showing her awareness about the history and the present. In the videoclip some reggae super-stars have decided to appear like Tarrus Riley and Kabaka Pyramid. Definitely, the official videoclip of Destiny a very good look for this jamaican female rising star.

Eugenia Conti

ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH DAY 03 / Alborosie, Morgan Heritage e Kabaka Pyramid protagonisti indiscussi

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Una grande terza giornata e serata quella di ieri al Rototom Sunsplash di Benicassim in Spagna.

Alle 19:30 è stata presentata nell’area della Reggae University l’ultima fatica discografica del cantante siciliano, ormai adottato dalla Jamaica Alborosie. “Freedom & Fyah” per l’appunto è stato commentato dall’artista insieme alla professoressa Carolyn Cooper (University of West Indies).

Qualche ora più tardi Puppa Albo, acclamatissimo dalla massive europea, ha scaldato il main stage del Festival. Le sue hits storiche come Kingston Town, No Cocaine ed Herbalist sono state cantate all’unisono da oltre 30000 persone. Anche le nuove songs tratte da Freedom & Fyah sono state molto apprezzate, in particolare “Fly 420”.

Prima di Albo sullo stesso palco ha tenuto la sua performance grande Kabaka Pyramid, uno dei più validi reggae singers della new generation assieme a Chronixx e Jesse Royal. Lo show è stato esplosivo. Kabaka è stato oggi in reggae University per la press conference dal tema “Freedom Sounds – Reggae as a space of rebellion and resistence”. Le sue liriche infatti sono palesemente contro il sistema opprimente e ne ha potuto parlare al microfono assieme ad altri giovani rappresentanti della scena jamaicana e giornalisti come Runkus, Koro Fyah, I-Nation e Dr. Dennis Howard.

Il succo del dibattito è che il reggae ancora oggi, nonostante il mainstream e la parziale perdita dei valori propri del genere, è il canale più efficace per manifestare la denuncia sociale e politica.

Ancora nella serata del 15 agosto sul main stage dopo Kabaka Pyramid si sono esibiti i Morgan Heritage, the Royal Family per eccellenza. Vincitori dell’ultimo Reggae Grammy Awards con l’album Streectly Roots, il gruppo è stato accolto in maniera calorosissima dal pubblico del Rototom Sunsplash.

Post live show Gramps di Morgan Heritage ha tenuto una piccola conferenza stampa per parlare del progresso all’interno del sound made in Jamaica. Nonostante le evoluzioni odierne delle diverse branche del genere i Morgan restano fedeli all’Old School, legati alle radici, appunto roots. I veri intenditori di reggae music non possono che stimare la super premiata band.

Ci siamo spostati poi nell’area dancehall per ascoltare i Reinassance Disco from Jamaica, che hanno fatto ballare la gente ed hanno ospitato all’interno della loro selezione anche Kabaka Pyramid che per un po’ è stato presente sul posto, non resistendo a prendere il microfono in mano un’altra volta.

Questa sera sul palco principale siamo in attesa di altri importantissimi nomi come Pablo Moses, Jah9, Ziggi Recado e dulcis in fundo Mr “Jr Gong” aka Damian Marley. Il figlio della leggenda Bob Marley ieri ha girato tutto il pomeriggio per il Festival, molto colpito dalle moltissime aree ed attività che il Rototom Village mette a disposizione dei visitatori.

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Articolo Eugenia Conti

Photo Gallery Giorgio Nuzzo