bushman & warrior king on tour - no more worries and problems when you enjoy the better education!
the rasta roots reggae of the '70s blazed a trail for jamaican music worldwide. the '90s has seen a roots resurgence, with a host of young rasta stars cultivating a soundtrack for their own generation. take traditional cultural messages and mix with a generous helping of modern musicianship, and you have the flavour currently tearing up jamaica and every outpost abroad. we bring you...bushman!
twenty six year old dwight duncan aka bushman, is an artist carved out of the same musical tradition as bob marley, dennis brown and luciano, who he quotes as being his dominant influences. hailing from the small rural parish of prospect beach, bushman was raised as a rastafarian. by the tender age of nine he had grasped his musical potential, and his passions for football and cricket were fast overtaken by a commitment to the local church choir.
moving into his teens and now known as junior melody, he kicked off his career proper as a selector (selecting the records played on a sound system) on the black star line sound system. taking his talent to the next stage meant travelling seventy miles to kingston, as there were no studios in st. thomas. being poor he would have to hitch-hike before waiting around all day for the opportunity to record. months passed in this way until he happened to meet top jamaican producers steely and clevie at arrows dubplate studio during an impromptu game of football. steely immediately invited him to audition for his studio, studio 2000.
their first song together was "grow your natty", a remarkable debut, which was swiftly followed by "call the hearse". steely renamed him bushman, although not without a certain amount of resistance from the singer. he thought it derogatory to his country roots until discovering that bushman was an african term for 'medicine man'; "music", he later wrote "is the original medicine"! this confirmed his vision that music was capable of inspiring love, unity and self-awareness. "call the hearse" became a big hit in jamaica, followed up by some live dates, bushman receiving a rapturous welcome on a short us tour, and headlining a show at kingston's hottest venue, the mirage club.
bushman's newly enriched creativity then led him to lloyd james aka king jammy. he says of their working relationship, "jammy listens to my ideas and knows what i want, so he gets the best results." the combination of his year out and the mutual respect of artist and producer has resulted in a mature and focused second album, "total commitment".
he cites country and western, r&b, jazz and blues as major influences and this spectrum of musical taste is evident in the way he places more traditional roots and culture tracks side by side with dancehall rhythms. his rich, earthy voice is the thread that ties "total commitment" together. never one to compromise his beliefs, bushman's faith, honesty and observation of the world around him leap out of his emotive lyrics. he is keen to capitalise on music as an instrument of education and send his message far and wide. he shares his "worries and problems", his insecurities about love in "afraid of commitment" and he reminds us to slow down and enjoy life in "take it easy".
despite the ever-increasing recognition of his talent, bushman remains a humble and down-to-earth figure. he still lives in st. thomas, frequently taking to the hills with his bible and meditating in the lush jamaican countryside. he sticks to a strictly ital diet comprising of natural juices and vegetarian dishes. he bathes in the hot water springs of his native parish and considers his rastafarian faith a "livity" (total lifestyle, as opposed to a religion of convenience or fad).
outstanding production and the most compelling rasta chants to be heard from jamaica in years, make bushman a force to be reckoned with in contemporary reggae. "reggae music a tek back its full 'an proper course now", he says of his achievement with "total commitment".
bushman has arrived and the rastafarian tradition continues.
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like a bolt of lightening from the sky, rasta messenger warrior king has burst upon the scene, utilizing his gift of song to spread jah truth throughout the land. his 2001 debut single, "virtuous woman", was an international smash, its righteous lyrics prompting the jamaica observer to declare the singer "one of the artistes who made a difference in 2001."
since that auspicious beginning, warrior king's compositions have consistently charted not only in his native jamaica, but also throughout the entire caribbean, as well as new york, london, and tokyo and beyond. "a friend indeed" is currently getting heavy rotation in jamaica, while "jah is always there" was a recent summer smash on atlanta's more fire chart. the inclusion of "never go where pagans go" on vp records' highly influential reggae gold 2002 further raised the artist's profile.
now the conscious singer is poised to release his first full-length album. his vp records debut, virtuous woman, features production by such heavy hitters as sheldon 'calibud' stewart (sizzla), richard 'shams' browne (t.o.k., sean paul), lion paw (luciano, jr. kelly) and penthouse (buju banton, beres hammond) as well as guest appearances by jahmali and dub poet, dycr.
with titles like "love jah and live" and "boast not myself," the cd's seventeen tracks are designed, says warrior king, to "uplift people's heart, mind and soul in a positive way. i write all of the songs, through inspiration of the father. everybody can relate to a song on the album, i'm sure of that." the album opens up with "power to chant," a spiritual invocation of jah that neatly sets the tone for what's to follow.
each song has a different style, but the message emphasizes purity and truth. the 1980s roots reggae vibe that informs "africa shall be free" recalls the melodic style of such legends as the mighty diamonds and culture; "health and strength," built on a foundation of nyabinghi drum patterns, extols the powers of natural living; "what's going on," featuring jahmali, is warrior king's interpretation of the marvin gaye classic; "education is key," set to the vintage "storm" riddim, is a smash hit youth empowerment anthem; "baby don't worry" is a gentle love song, while "make me feel" channels the same energy into a more sensual vibe. also included are "virtuous woman," "never go where the pagans go" and other compositions that have built warrior king's reputation.
warrior king was born on the 27th of july 1979, in kingstonís jubilee hospital, soon moving to clarendon, then settling in the growing city of portmore at age eleven.
"from birth iíve always loved music, but it was not until i attended high school at the age of thirteen that i thought about it as something i could do myself", warrior king explains. "at that time i followed bounty killerís style, but then my friend warrior mark, him said, 'you have the potential. you have the talent.' from there i started increasing my own thing, and with encouragement from my peers and inspiration and ting, the music started to flow."
like many successful jamaican entertainers, warrior king gained his earliest stage experience in talent shows. "i started out with school concerts at first", he says. "at the time when i just came inna music, i used to do some combinations with a yout' named likkle blacks, marlon stewart. we used to do tasteeís talent show together, so we could really start getting exposed and gain experience." when he first started out warrior king chatted in a hardcore deejay style, like his original hero, bounty. a switch to the more holistic "singjay" sound came gradually. "itís a natural thing what just grow inside of me, even without me realizing", the singer reasons. "people started telling me they hear i can sing now. so, really and truly itís just a natural change." even his name is an extension of this evolution. "i changed my name from 'junior king' to 'warrior king' because it have a more spiritual feel to it. fighting against oppression, fighting against wrong. iím jah warrior, yuh know, fighting a war of rootical love."
warrior king believes that education is the key to betterment and hopes that his music will serve to convey the teachings of his imperial majesty, hailie selassie i. "as a rastafarian you just don't sing music, you sing music with a purpose and a mission. to the four corners of the earth", says warrior king, "i carry my music, and the message of the king. and the message of love, to all people of all races."
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