TINE TEMPAH-FRESH ARTISTE AMIDST DESPERATE STANDARDS

TINE TEMPAH-FRESH ARTISTE AMIDST DESPERATE STANDARDS

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Tine Tampah the UK’s newest export is a fresh artiste that is sadly emerging in a desperately sad and flat music standards. His debut album Demonstration is a sweet mix of urban rhythms with some interesting collaborative and powerful lyrics. Yes there are some that can be considered NSFW but it is the exception and not the rule so the expletives gives the lyrics power.

He speaks what he sees and feels and so his lyrics are relatable. Mixed with the eclectic music arrangements the album devours your mind while listening to it on your favorite MP# player. The music moves you. It gets you tapping and nodding. Its powerful.

If you are into pop/rap and eclectic music with surreal musical arrangement then download and listen to Tine. He’s now on my most played playlist.

 

 

SEXHALL vs REGGAE – TESSANN THE LATEST VICTIM

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The music industry, notice I said Industry, is  big business and it has changed like everything else over the years and  is still evolving.

Has it got everything right? No. Like most things it’s a hit and miss, today for me, tomorrow for you. Reggae may have started from the shores of Jamaica but it cannot claim its exclusivity anymore just like the US claiming creativity.

Has Jamaica perfected the music genre in the last 50 years? The jury is still out on that but frankly we have not done ourselves any favor by not significantly and effectively managing and marketing our music and again that’s not entirely a fault of ours. We did not have the resources, the know how or connections to bring any international standard to the genre . The music at the time was localized to Jamaican musicians experimenting with the new ‘sound’ and soon others jumped on the reggae wagon and used it. Chris Blackwell comes along and took a chance and it paid off and guess what , the world started to listen to reggae through Bob. The movie ‘Harder they Come’ with Jimmy Cliff made one of the biggest introduction of reggae music to the world. The lyrics  of reggae music promoted love, friendship, a higher well-being and joy. The point is not until the music got into the hands of foreign resources and capital did it get any worldwide recognition and became a part of the music industry.

Jamaica’s music has evolved and seems to be focusing on  what I call “Sex Hall”  much to the disadvantage of persons like Tessann, Beres, Dianne King, Third World, the Marleys and all those  musicians  that we candidly call “Reggae Artiste” , whose voice  and music can only be appreciated by an overseas market , bigger than the Jamaican market, with a more eclectic taste of music. So Tessann taking the leap is no surprise. She, like so many others, do it for survival , show me the money.

At best she gets a recording contract and at worst she gets the promotion for a talented reggae artiste and a female one too. Remember there is sexism in the business as well.  Our reggae artiste do not and cannot make any real living here at home they all have to go abroad where the industry plays to a much wider market. The industry thrives on networking, experimenting and promotion and Jamaica , whilst it may think of itself as hip with culture, is still a texting society. Technology is gathering knowledge faster  than how the Jamaican society gathers wisdom.

How can we improve this? It starts with education from the homes to the school and to the business places. It involves a clear commitment on the part of Government through its new Ministry of Entertainment & Culture to have a vision and working with all sectors of the economy use the talents and resources to give reggae its rightful place in our culture.

It means the JTB through its marketing machinery using Reggae, the brand, as its marketing tool and not just sand , sun and sea; It means the JMA and the PSOJ think outside  the box and put in their budgets consistent opportunities for local reggae artiste to perform ; It means the local artiste understanding the art of writing and executing the art of performance; It means employing technology  to promote the music worldwide; It means understanding that music , like everything else requires discipline of thought and purpose and protecting the creativity is as important as performing. How can you protect your industry without enforcing the laws of copyright and intellectual property? Finally it means a paradigm shift in Jamaica’s culture of mediocrity. That may be a bigger challenge than Tessann winning The Voice.

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TEN THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT BOB MARLEY

TEN THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT BOB MARLEY

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These may make you go…hmmm I didn’t know that. Well for me i was surprised in a few of the information. One thing’s for certain- Bob in his latter years became almost prophetic in his words, his lyrics only to  be manifested as truth after his death. Good read. Hope you enjoy it as much I did.

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THE SCOOP ON SUMFEST 2013

THE SCOOP ON SUMFEST 2013

Janet Silvera from the Gleaner wrote this piece on the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest. Whilst I do not want to review the mega festival I think Janet did a good job in describing the performers who quite frankly tanked or shined. Have a read. Another chapter in the books has ended. Hope there are changes in 2014. 

YOU CANT PUT A BOX AROUND TALENT

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I recently discovered this talented rapper – his name is Ramaj – a rapper from Atlanta. Normally I don’t really listen to rap music as most of the artist speak of subject matters that I do not associate with. But this young man is different. His lyrics comes from a place that is deep and thought provoking. When you listen to his music you feel pain, anger, frustration, hope and joy. Why you may ask? Well like most rappers he too has a story, a compelling one too. I wont go into it. Find it out yourself and enjoy the experience. It will help you appreciate his music and maybe you can see where he is coming from and why he writes the way he writes.

Oh, when you discover him you will also see that mainstream media also refers to him as the ‘gay rapper”. Ummm what is a ‘gay rapper’? I get it. Because he happens to be gay he is automatically categorized as a ‘gay rapper”! Hmmm what if he were disabled or rich or a Mormon or a Muslim would they call him ‘Mormon Rapper”, “Disabled Rapper” or “Muslim Rapper”?…Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside.

Society continues to disable themselves by putting a label on persons  to help them define the person. Ramaj is an ARTISTE, period. You can’t put a box around him. You can’t put a label on him . His music is rap and it also is reggae, pop, R&B, country and even the Blues.

I am a believer and I hope you are too. Ramaj is using that God given talent that he gave us all and he is putting it to good use. I hope when he stands before him at the end of his life he can say to the creator…I have no more talent left…I have used every thing you gave me…..

Go discover talent…..
http://www.reverbnation.com/ramajmuzix

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