What the Reggae Revival means to me –A live music lover’s perspective
For the last two years I have experienced life changes, which have taken me on interesting journeys and provided truly invaluable experiences. Believe it or not the now acclaimed reggae revival has had as much to do with it as any other thing that has impacted me greatly during this time.
Let me take you back to when I wasn’t even inside this community at all just on the outskirts looking for something different, indeed searching for something to replace the mundane. In this search, I kind of stumbled upon the live music scene which wasn't new in and of itself but it was the certain specific word sound message my spirit longed for in short that drew me in.
I needed something real that I could connect with in a meaning full way. It was then about 2010 and I hadn’t even heard of the term reggae revival, or its meaning, what I was drawn to were the sounds, the rhythm of live music which spoke to my soul.
I recall vividly my first Wickie Wackie hearing the sounds of the Raging Fyah and revisiting to see Chronixx, accompanied by Infinite on guitar for the first time, the glee and excitement of buying the Judgement Day album and having it on repeat to my heart’s content then researching to uncover more brought me to discover Nomaddz, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal and many more.
Then there was Protoje and his arguments, which led me to fall in Rasta Love, purchasing the 7 year Itch from his knapsack in Port Royal. I thought how fresh and original this whole experience was. Lover of reggae music that I was how could I resist this.
This was also the first time I saw and heard the soulful moving sounds of Jah 9. I believe now all the occurrences culminated into the yellow brick to where I am today working alongside those who want to see this music reach the masses. The message of course is the most critical.
I followed the crumbs all the way to the conscious emerald city, which now shines so brightly for the world to see. This is how the revival has impacted me. It coincided with a pivotal awakening of a dormant giant, an overtaking of my consciousness and pointing of a light to look within before acting externally to not only feel good, but stand as my own person in the confidence that what I felt in my spirit all these years was true as my authentic natural whole self.
Yes the music has been that to me but it has also afforded me the chance to interact with some bright beautiful souls who all in some way connected by this unifying thread. I could not have written this into my life but I accept my place in this universe. I remain grateful for all my divine relations and to all with whom I have connected and give thanks for the sharing of Nrg, space and time.
In the words of the Wailing Wailers…”Music goin’ to teach them one lesson, THIS YAH rebel, music goin’ to teach them one lesson”. To all ones who represent this rebel spirit in their art remember the message. It is for the reviving of the people’s consciousness. We are all messenjahs in our own rights. As we move forward, let’s not lose sight of the path along which we have come. I am still a fan but I also know there is a lot of work to be done. I extend my hand to you so we can work together to see each through.
In all things I am because we are, reggae will never die in the hearts of the people. Keep contributing however you do to show the world that this movement is not about “I, its us”( Protoje).
Who am I?