THE MESSAGE IS KEY
Jamaican artist Anthony B will be speaking out about equality and the oppressed (and playing some roots reggae) when he lands in Australia this week.
Youâ€™re known for being a voice of the people by confronting political injustices. Do you believe this is a role of popular musicians; to bring such issues of the people to forefront? Well, music is a platform of influence confronting political injustices. Itâ€™s a part of my mission as music gives a voice to the poor whose voice canâ€™t be heard and thatâ€™s what makes reggae music so great.
Youâ€™ve known for being diverse as an artist, incorporating hip hop, reggae, dancehall, roots, rock and soul into yourwork. Are there other genres you wish to explore? Being a diverse artist, I still have a lot of musical style to touch. As to my music, I wish to explore trance. The message is important. Listen to the words not just the beats.
Youâ€™ve performed at many places around the world, carrying the torch for Jamaican music. Where has been your favourite place that youâ€™ve played? My favourite place in the world away from Jamaica is Africa, and anywhere in the world where Jah Mission takes me.
You have shown through your songwriting that youâ€™re both fearless and confronting. What inspires you to write in this style? Being fearless and confronting in my songwriting comes from youthful experience and learning to see the real reality of life at a tender age.
Representing Jamaican music around globe must be interesting. What sort of reception do you generally receive abroad? The reception around the globe compared to home is great. And the work is the same for me. The world knows me for what I do in Jamaica, so when people come out to see me perform I know they want to see what they have heard before. So itâ€™s all the same. Itâ€™s just that you get a longer time to perform abroad.
ANTHONY B PLAYS WITH CEâ€™CILE AT THE HI-FI, SUNDAY APRIL 24.