My music is spiritual as well social commentary and human relationships, a human journey to divinity that manifests through the inward working of faith not of skilful or demonstrative arguments. The conversation and life of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Orthodox Church, the Holy Scripture as well that of great revolutionaries like Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Emperor Haile Selassie I and the many great Africanos who have gone before us: men like Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyata, Julius Nyrere, Patrice Lumumba and others from that era and beyond, coupled with true mystical experiences, informs and influences my life and music one hundred percent.
As a Jamaican, my early musical influences were no doubt Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae and Lovers Rock but equally there was also the outside influence of North American Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul and RnB etc. Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Bob Marley & The Wailers, and Sugar Minot were very much a part of my upbringing as much as B. B. King, Bill Withers, Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin. But I'm a reggae man through and through that's why my latest cover version of Bill Withers is in a Roots Reggae semi-acoustic style.
My first release was in 1990 on my own Rising Son label and was a stab at the Lovers Rock style. A few notable people helped with the project, e.g. Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace on drums and Dean Fraser on sax, recorded and mixed at Donovan Germaine Studio. However, it made no impression on the scene at the time and resulted in my trod through a musical wilderness till a decade later when I teamed up with Nucleus Roots in Manchester, UK to come up with some more hard hitting cultural tunes like Run Come Quick and Deep Roots referencing weightier topics. These tunes, including Step It Up Rasta/Irie Meditation, helped to establish me as a more serious roots reggae artist.
After these successful acknowledgements I underwent another cool out period, this time exploring more spiritual phenomenon, subsequently returning in 2016 with a tune called Let Your Light Shine featuring on another compilation out of France called Ina Di Radio. In 2017 Tribe 84 Records out of Poland released a track entitled State of Mind. Interestingly, this one was recorded with Nucleus Roots back in 1997 but remained unreleased till 2016.
Beyond Nucleus Roots I also worked with Faya Dub and Thierry Negro in 2005 to come up with When The Bread Come Back. This was a fusion of jazz and reggae also featured on Hexagone Riddims compilation in France as a remix and was later given a funk remix by another producer for Villa Saint Michel also in France (2007) on a compilation called Samourai Vill-Du. This track highlights the necessity of investing positive works today that will bring future rewards 'when the bread come back'.
However, I'm not resting on my past achievements but constantly writing new tunes and have set myself a goal of one new tune per week for 2018. Stay tuned for the upcoming EP and look out also for works with Mad Calypso Studio out of Finland and also Conscious Way Outernational with Humblebeat Incorporated.
In the meantime I'm representing with Grandma's Hands, a cover of a soul classic by Bill Withers in a sort of semi-acoustic roots reggae style, arranged and produced by the great P. Lush of Nucleus Roots for Don Hartley Muzik. Release date is set for July 23 but you can stream it here now or download for free until June sometime.