A done deal for Jahmali

A done deal for Jahmali

Friday, November 06, 2015

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Roots artiste Jahmali is preparing to get back in the mix during the next six weeks with a new song and EP.




The song, Done Deal, is written by Jahmali and produced by Christopher 'Acoustic Vibes' Hurst. It is the precursor to an EP of the same name, expected to be released in December.




Jahmali told Splash that Done Deal, the EP, is his most diverse work to date.




"As wi travel the world wi experience new sounds an' what people want to hear. The music still Rasta-centric but wi try work with some different sounds," he said.




Country Road, another song Jahmali wrote, is an ode to ska and features drummer Derrick Stewart, formerly of the Skatalites band. Armagideon is a rock-reggae number.




Interestingly, two songs from the mini set (Keep On Keeping On and Mother Nature) are written and produced by Anthony Rochester, who wrote some of singer Garnet Silk's biggest hit songs.




Jahmali, 43, said he spent much of this year writing and recording songs for what will ultimately be his fourth album, scheduled for release in 2016.




Last year, he toured Europe, promoting We I Open, an album he did for Reggaeland, a Spanish independent company.




"It was well-received, especially in Europe. Wi did a number of club dates to keep Jahmali name out there," he said.




The Clarendon-born Jahmali (real name Ryan Thomas) first emerged during the 1990s roots revival, led by the charismatic Silk. His best known song, El Shaddai, was released in 1998.




An album of the same title, produced by Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, was released that year. It was followed by the Bobby Digital-produced Treasure Box in 2000.




Done Deal (song and EP) will be distributed by the VP Records subsidiary, VPAL Music.




Howard Campbell



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