When you ignite a fire you would usually add some wood and it will continue to burn. When all the wood has burned through to ashes, eventually it will die out, right? Not this Raging Fyah, from Jamaica.
The name started all the way back in 2006 but had been singing as a group since many years before. In 2002 their initial band name was called Inside Out. The group members are Demar ‘Keysie’ Gayle (backup vocalist and keyboardist), Courtland ‘Gizmo’ White (backup vocalist and guitarist), Anthony Watson (backup vocalist and drummer), Kumar Bent (guitarist and vocalist), and Delroy ‘Pele’ Hamilton (backup vocalist and bassist).
Their newest album ‘Everlasting’ is being talked about a lot.
They are on an American tour and just recently did a show in Boston.
They will be touring around Europe.
Their music is a lot more relatable for younger people, in their twenties or thirties.
Their beats and melodies are commonly likened to the legendary reggae artists Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Third World.
If you listen to their music and really grasp the meaning of their songs, you will see the passion poured into it. You will start to feel the love packed into each song and melody. This is a group of guys that love what they do with such a passion that if you dared come close to touch it you would surely burn. They are fire right now and it would only be a lost to you if you have yet to hear their music and sound.
What do we know about Marley’s children? Are his gifts being carried on by his offspring? Bob had many children, that he loved dearly. Eleven to be exact. Right now I want to talk about David Marley, also known as Ziggy. What does Ziggy mean you ask? The nickname was given to him by his father, Bob Marley. It means “little spliff”. He continued his father’s love for music.
In the late 1970s, you could find Ziggy along side his brother Stephen at some of their father’s concerts around the world. A few years later he and some of his siblings made a group called the Melody Makers. It consisted of Ziggy, Sharon, Cedella, and Stephen. Their debut track, “Children Playing in the Streets,” was written by their father, Bob Marley four years earlier. Bob had this idea of sharing the gift of music to children around the world through his children. The Melody Makers had their first on stage performance in 1979 at the ‘Roots Rock Reggae’ concert in Kingston. Ziggy was eleven at the time.
Here’s a reggae artist to keep an eye out for! Twenty four year old, Sevana, made her presence known when she made two collaborations with the artist Protoje. Love Gone Cold and Sudden Flight are on Protoje’s album named Ancient Future. The album has been steady on the reggae charts since it was released in March 2015. Her music is a unique range of reggae tones meshed beautifully with her indie style singing.
Sevana’s influences is Amy Winehouse, India Arie, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill. She was not a typical singer as she grew up in Westmoreland. She hadn’t made the choir in school or even sang in church. She claims it all turned around for one morning at breakfast with her family. That morning as she sang Celine Dion’s, A New Day, her family praised her on her singing. This was the confirmation she needed and the confidence to pursue her singing even more. Trying out for the choir wasn’t exactly for her she claims. She had a rough start. Sevana went out on a limb and tried out for her school talent show and as soon as she got on stage, she ran off crying. The pressure was a little too much for her.
She didn’t quit that day. She went on to keep pushing, trying, pursuing, and learning. She continued to grow and get better at her vocals. After a lot of soul searching, she sang one night in 2013 for a show, Live from Kingston, and Protoje heard her sing for the first time. He sought her out immediately and thats where it all started.
She’s released two amazing reggae songs, Too Shy and Chant It. Listening to her music is so enlightening. Bright, lovely, with the deep reggae mixed with new sounds, is what you can expect from her. Her voice is uplifting and beautiful. Like I said keep an eye out for her. If she continues to spread her love for music like she is doing, we will start to see a lot more of her. Personally, I can’t wait.
What better way could we start this blog with other than Bob Marley himself. He was so inspirational and intelligent man. Looking back at what he’s created in his time, makes us appreciate it more and more as time goes past. People still celebrate him and his music is continues to play loud and proud, around the world. Let’s briefly pay some tribute and listen to his words of wisdom.
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.” – Bob Marley, Redemption Song
His full name is Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley. He was born in February 1945 and passed in May 1981. Though he was raised catholic, he transitioned to Rastafari in the 1960s. If you ever wondered why Bob had his dreads, it was written.
“All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”(Numbers 6: 5 KJV)
The Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist started out with the Wailers. Immediately after Marley pursued his solo career that took flight when it was released. His voice designated with his fans and broke records because of it. His album Exodus was released in 1977 and sold over seventy five million records. Everyone can agree that Bob was a very spiritual man. He later died at the young age of thirty six to a type of skin cancer. Doctors tried to convince him to amputate his toe that was infected with the cancer which was under the toe nail bed. Due to his religious beliefs he did nothing. They did remove the nail and and nail bed and covered the infected area with skin from his thigh. Despite what he went through, he continued his music and touring. Later during is Uprising Tour the cancer had spread and they had to cancel the rest of the tour. Take these last words he spoke to his son, Ziggy Marley, as more words of wisdom.
“Money can’t buy life.” – Bob Marley
He remained to be known as an influential musician that popularized reggae music around the entire world. Marley still symbolizes the Jamaican culture.