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Introducing Anu Brian Gold

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter
johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, December 30, 2018

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In the 1990s Brian and Tony Gold rocked local airwaves and stages with their great voices and infectious music.

The duo, from Portmore, St Catherine, reached great heights the 1992 single Can You, which was with the release of, produced and arranged by Mikey Bennett on the Two Friends Records label. The track spoke to the apartheid system in South Africa and made the duo much more appealing to a wider audience.

Despite not repeating the success of this single, Brian and Tony Gold would pop up at various shows in subsequent years and went on to provide supporting vocals for diamond-selling artiste Shaggy.

One member, Tony Gold, still pops up on various shows with Shaggy, but brian Gold was ... missing in action.

That was until last Thursday when the latter emerged as the dreadlocked Anu Brian Gold and performed his single Take My Feet at the launch of Rebel Salute 2019, which was held at the Jamaiaca Pegasus hotel in St Andrew.

The Jamaica Observer caught up with the artiste, who explained that he had to take some time away from the music to find himself

“I've been to the hills. Had to find myself, found myself. Jus' a hail the King and trying to be Anu Brian. It's just the joy of music and once you are a true musician, you never stop searching. Once you find that place you just never stop searching. I wouldn't say I wasn't enjoying what I was doing, but at times you find like you can't move forward; it's like you're stuck in one place so you really have to push and find other angles, other dimensions, and that is exactly what I did.”

The artiste has rebranded himself and is now working with renowned musician Earl “Chinna” Smith and drawing on his binghi-stra approach to music, which is a combination of traditional Nyahbinghi rhythms and orchestral music.

“I found out that the Nyahbinghi melodies are some of the sweetest melodies in the world. Plus the Nyahbinghi beat coincides with the heart so it relaxes you, it frees you. We have a single out right now called I-thiopia produced by Chinna and there is a video for it now ready, so we just doing the work to put the album together,” he explained.

Anu Brian Gold will be among the acts set to perform at Rebel Salute on January 18 and 19 at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann.

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