- How was growing up in Ghana? Africa its one of the most musically continents of our world but has a lot of tribulations in his history too, how these affect your music?
You are right about the fact that a lot of music comes out of the continent of Africa where we have experienced plenty of tribulations as well and this has had a huge impact on the music I compose in two distinct ways; The highlife beat which is very danceable and up beat but the message is usually about the struggles in life. On the other hand, you can hear in the title track of out latest release “Time For Peace” where the chorus says: “No more War, time for peace”. We talk about our leaders getting power hungry and this track also features Anthony B from Jamaica who talks about various issues from poverty to gang violence among the youth and the desire of peace to prevail. So it all comes through the music.
- Your music is a great mix of reggae and soul, why do you use this type of music to express yourself? For Africans. Does the influence of reggae is inevitable?
I use the mix of reggae and soul in my music since it’s the most effective way to convey the emotions I have and also shows the various musical influences that my music come from. The Reggae influence is very substantial in Africa but it’s not inevitable as there are many style of music explored in African music with infusion of different genres.
- Who are your main influences? What today artists do you like it?
Growing up in Ghana, I listened to a lot of reggae music. I also listen to pop music and big band music. Bob Marley among the reggae artists was very influencial. I listened to Nat King Cole among other big band music as well. Presently I still listen to various kinds of music and am always looking out for new artists and finding new music which is easy these days with all the innovations via the internet.
- Tell us about "Time for Peace", your upcoming album and How was recording with Aston "Family Man" Barrett? What things did you learn from him?
“Time for Peace” has been a great project watching it all come together. Recording with Aston Barrett was a really cool experience as he has a different sound and style of writing music. It was really cool combining his sound of music to mine and also having Anthony B on the track took it to another level lyrically. I enjoyed working with these two musicians from Jamaica.
- Now you're living in Colorado, why and when did you decide to move up to USA?
I discovered Colorado when I was on a tour with another band almost 14 years ago and remember feeling very creative when I first came through Colorado and it dawned on me that this could be a place I could spend sometime and now here we are… I have been here since 2003 for the most part.
- Latinamerica has a really strong reggae scene, do you know any band or artist? Do you have comments about the growing scene of our part of the world?
When Putumayo released the Latin Reggae album in 2008 I discovered artists like Los Cafres and Gondwana which turned me on the Latin Reggae scene which is huge. I enjoy the blending of reggae and samba or flamenco that we experience among the various styles coming from Latin America.
- A message for your fans in Latinamerica...
I know I connected with some reggae fans in Latin America when EA sports in 2006, used the title track from my first album “Run” as a sound track for their FIFA 2006 video games and would like to send all reggae fans out there holiday wishes through this coming holidays.