In 2011 I conducted my very first video interview for Reggaeville ever with Komlan and Zigo of Dub Inc at Summerjam. Today, more than 11 years later and blessed with a little more grey hair, Aurélien “Komlan” Zohou joined me once more in front of the camera to partake in Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? to discuss not just the band’s splendid latest album Futur but also their emotional and deeply touching documentary Jamais Seul as well as a very special show ahead. Besides the interview we take a look at recent releases from Etana, Ini Kamzoe and XTM.Nation that present part three of the Fatis Tapes In The Oven series.
Reggae and Jamaican music have a long, rich and intriguing history to look back on. Many individuals have contributed their talent, energy and spirit to make it what it is today, have dedicated their life to the genre, have fostered, developed and enriched the music. For a good while I wanted to find a way to highlight these veterans and exceptional members of the Reggae fraternity, give them a platform to honour their committment and contribution and give them all the space it needs to tell their individual story as well as Reggae history – at a special place. Take Me Places is now this new video interview series on Reggaeville that I am extremely happy and excited about. Producers Gussie Clarke and Donovan Germain, drummer Sly Dunbar and bassists Jackie Jackson and Flabba Holt make the first season and took me – and you, the viewers – to special places of their choice where the virtual journey starts. We visited studios, offices, yards. We found open doors and open hearts. So, I hope, you have open eyes and ears to experience personal stories in personal spaces!
Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? kalled and Kabaka Pyramid answered all the questions! The talent from Jamaica just dropped his second studio album The Kalling, once more produced by Damian Jr. Gong Marley, and great excitement about it is the least you should feel. By now the record has earned the artist a Grammy nomination already, so we had to find out all about this impressive body of work: How were the vibes in the studio with Damian? What impact did the pandemic have on the record? What influenced the decisions for the music sampled on it? Or how can you preserve your mental health in difficult times like these? Ever optimistic Kabaka Pyramid reveals it all and as you watch the new episode you will also find out about other new releases from Hirie, Unlimited Culture and Cedric Mython. They are out just like the third season of the amazing Harry J Couch Series with vocalists like Zhayna and Hector Lewis on the mic.
Third Time’s The Charm is the title of his brand new album, yet everytime is charming when Protoje joins Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!?. Enjoy a intriguing conversation about the inspiration, the producers, the music video directors, and the very first helicopter flight for this record. New releases by Tanya Stephens and Through The Roots are part of the show, just like a little recap of Burning Spear’s tour through Europe this summer.
What a joy brought this summer as we all got to meet personally again at the various festivals. Reggae Jam in Bersenbrück was one of these highlights where fans and like-minded enthusiasts united to celebrate music, art and Jamaican culture. Naturally the Reggaeville team was on site as well, captured amazing performances with videos and photos but of course, didn’t miss out to also talk backstage. Queen Omega shared fitness tips, Mortimer revealed his excitement about being in Europe for the first time, and Harrison Stafford took us on a tour through the nearby Bob Marley exhibtion “Marleyville”. Wha’ Gwaan Munchy?!? welcomed Italian Mellow Mood as they got to share exclusive insights on their upcoming album Mañana. Find out all about the record’s art work, producer, feature guests and of course inspiration in the all new episode, and get even more news from Kabaka Pyramid, Damian Marley, Little Hero, Luciano, Lutan Fyah, Reggaeville and Oneness Records.
This time I was not asking the questions but answering them. That itself is a little unusual or rebellious, isn’t it?!? But it was just a great pleasure and certainly inspiring to indulge in a deep reasoning about feminism, the art of interviewing and of course rebellion with fellow host Leigha A. Hager. Her podcast series Rebelology is diverse and powerful, just like her guests, and I am very grateful I got to be one of them for the second season.