D.I.A RECORDS Classic Releases
"OUT OF BOUNDS" by HR of Bad Brains.
All Media Guide Review of "Out Of Bounds".
"OUT OF BOUNDS" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, RHOPSODY, SPOTIFY
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains.
"HR IN DUB" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3. EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY and SPOTIFY. "HR IN DUBB" will be live on RHOPSODY soon.
The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.
All Media Guide Review of "Stalag 20, 21 & 22 - The Next Generation". Available on AMAZON MP3, iTunes, GOOGLE PLAY, RHAPSODY and SPOTIFY:
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Trk: Peace & Justice.
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Roguish Armament Alternative Hiphop.
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"KEEPER OF THE FAITH"
"Keeper Of The Faith" is a 100% Reggae Muzik album in the works. Only 100% Rastafarian artists wioll be featured. Tall order...
By James "Barry DIA" and Dee Peters.
This interview with Ziggy and Stephen Marley is the transcript of an episode of Ghetto Muzik video show. It was taped at Electra Records, NYC, June 1995. Props to Karen Mason, Charmaine Hamilton and Sylvia Rhone.
Ghetto Muzik (GM): What is up with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers? Enlighten us about your current project.
Ziggy Marley: Right now we just finished recording our new album which is called Free Like We Want 2 B. That is what going on. Steve is doing some producing in Jamaica.
Stephen Marley: Yeah. I am doing some production with Junior Gong, Kimani and mi Grand Mother (Cedella Brooks) yuh nuh.
Ghetto Muzik (GM): What would you classify Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers muzik as genre-wise?
Ziggy: Muzik!! GM: Is it traditional, alternative reggae or pop? Where would you file it?
Stephen: Muzik man.
Ziggy: Yeah -- jus muzik -- reggae muzik. You know what I mean? With our muzik, it is unique and innovative. We are not like any other artist. We do not sound like any other artist, or we do not sound like the 60s, 70s, 8os or whatever. We just sound like wi self. So we do not put a label on our muzik. It is just muzik.
GM: What is the biggest contrast in the switch from Virgin to Electra?
Ziggy: To tell the truth we really cannot tell you what is up right now because this is the first album and we just started to work (with Electra). So we cannot seh any ting about de two ah dem yet yuh nuh. When Electra do their work, then I can say Electra did better work than Virgin or Virgin did better work than Electra. So right now we just waiting to see what the record company will do. Hopefully, dem push the muzik in the right way so that we can get more airplay and just get every ting biggah and biggah.
GM: How much control did you have on this project in comparison to past projects?
Ziggy: The same really. We always maintain that we hafi feel good about what we are doing. Record company cannot come to us and say well, do this and we say okay if it is not to us. No matter what wi hafi work with the record company. We cannot work against the record company. So if the record company have a suggestion or advise we listen. But yet still if it is not us we cannot dweet and we wont dweet. But working in this business you have to collaborate with the record company because both of us are trying to work towards the same goals. The creative part of it -- the muzik have to be our muzik in terms of the feeling we put in it yuh nuh. So the record company do not really have much say about the creative part of the muzik.
GM: That is the point we were trying to get to with your previous projects. Did Virgin had a say in the creative aspect of your muzik?
Ziggy: No, no, like even this album, Electra say here is a producer. Can he come do additional production towards what you hafi do? And we said great! We work with him -- ahh yute called Paul Fox from Los Angeles. He came and listen to the muzik. He might say just put on a next guitar right there. We say let we hear it. If it sounds good we jus seh great!
GM: So ah you run tings?
Ziggy: Yah man! We have to.
GM: When you first came into the business people expected you to be like your father. In retrospect, how do you feel bout dat?
Ziggy: Well -- we come inna dis business a good while before we were in America yuh nuh. So I think we had a lot of time before major markets like America and Europe really know about us fi really do wha wi waan do. That kinda lay a roots where when we came to America, nuh matter what anybody said, we already had an identity of our own. People feel free fi say what dem wan fi say. And we have to listen to what they have to say. But we know within our own self, we is a part of our father and a part of our mother. And we cannot hide that or deny that. But yet still, we know that wi is our self to.
Ghetto Muzik: What message would you like to convey to the youths -- well not only the youths but people in general?
GM: Message. You know -- advice.
Ziggy: Advice! Is advise enough. Is words enough yuh nuh. Oh! Love one another, but is that enough. Can that change anything? So really and truly, there has to be a revolution. There hafi be a musical revolution. Positive muzik hafi tek over the airways to change society. Positive things hafi tek over the world to change the world. Cause right now we have a gun mentality, a money mentality, a get rich quick mentality, a drugs mentality. Muzik have a big part fi play in all dem tings dey. I dont think is enough. What we need is a revolution. Tek over the world with muzik. Push the positive message on the airwaves and that will influence the youths to change dem life.
GM: Do you see a change in the foreseeable future, like in our lifetime?
Ziggy: I heard that question before yuh nuh, back in about the 80s I was saying South Africa yuh nuh free -- must be free one bright day. Yea!! I receive that in our lifetime. Yeah! Of course! You see mi is a healthy man yuh nuh. Mi out fi live thousand of years yuh nuh. (At this time everyone in the room busted out laughing).
Stephen: (Laughing too.) Yuh laugh!!! (More laughter.)
Ziggy: Mi naah watch nutten wha ahh gwaan inna de world today yuh nuh. The world a gi wi a perception that we only live to a certain age. Mi nuh believe inna dat. Jah put man pon earth fi live. And if man tek care of dem self and live upfull and live right -- man will live. Because man choose the wrong path, man die. Man choose to eat all kind of tings, man get all kinda disease; man choose to think certain ting -- dem mind get corrupted, so man die. I and I a try to go towards the right path of life, which is the right path to go. POSITIVE THINGS and LOVE to each and everyone.
Nuff thanks to Ziggy and Stephen who did not say much. Thanks to Malon, Ray Chinna Shim and assistant Dee Peters.
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