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Catch Di Riddim

Observer Writer

Friday, November 15, 2019

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Fabio Flies Reggae's flag in mexico

Fabio is one of the pillars of the new wave reggae and dancehall movement emerging from Latin America. The Mexican deejay (aka Jah Fabio) once aspired to become a football star but after failing to realise that dream, pursued music.

“I want to be the Mexican Don Dadda in dancehall,” he shared in an interview with the Jamaica Observer's Splash last week at Free Willy Studios in Olympic Gardens.

Fabio is in Jamaica promoting his fourth album, Real Friends, which is produced by Montego Bay-based Danger Zone Music Group.

“The album has 14 tracks and I have a collaboration with Gyptian, one with Pamputtae, one with Savage and another with Banton,” said Fabio, who has been recording for 16 years.

He grew up in Guadalajara, a city in western Mexico. He says he was introduced to reggae and dancehall by his father who told him that “dancehall is the voice of the ghetto and reggae is the voice of the people”.

He continued, “I discovered 90s dancehall on my own but I also learnt about the foundation reggae artistes. I was listening to Papa San, Michigan and Smiley, Shabba Ranks, and King Yellow Man and that's how I got connected to the music.”

Last year, on his fourth visit to Jamaica, he performed on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest.

Rawyard Records unearths talent in Cockburn Gardens

Since emerging in 2008, Rawyard Records has committed to unearthing upcoming talent from the Cockburn Gardens community.

“Initially we were working with artistes Dejenearo and Kamaya. We have worked with several artistes since then, making authentic and positive music,” said label CEO Neziah Nesbeth.

He added that being multifaceted differentiates the label from others.

“Rawyard Records is dealing with more of an authentic sort of music. I grew up listening to reggae and I am aiming to making that a part of the label, but not just limited to reggae. We work with many other genres of music, like hip hop, rap, and music with a little dancehall twist. My son Zeeko is a rapper. I'm really trying to focus on music that teaches us about the morals of life,” said Nesbeth.

Rawyard Records releases include Born Fi Rich and One Shoot by High Voltage, and Money A Di Motive by Fire Doops.

The company's latest project is the Stage Way rhythm, which features songs from Kananga, Fantan Mojah, Ras Bogle, R Embassida, Ricky Flexx, Sizzla, and Atyubuss.

Nesbeth grew up in Southside, central Kingston, where his father often played the roots-reggae of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. His family moved to Cockburn Gardens when he was a teenager.

After a brief career working as a welder, he went into music and produced songs by a number of artistes including Anthony B.

Top selectors for SOHO Brunch Fete

One of the ingredients for a successful party is music. And that's what promoters of SOHO Brunch Fete Premium party promise to serve.

They have enlisted DJ Richie Ras, Brush1 Chromatic, Bloodline Franco and DJ Nicco to spice things up. SOHO takes place at The University of the West Indies (Mona) tomorrow from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Two student selectors, One Chop and DJ Kuei, also get a chance to show their skills.

“Patrons can expect music catering to everyone and also a diverse menu in the food offerings,” said event promoter Chelsea Benoit.

This is the third staging of the event, which was first held in 2017.

“We've seen the party evolve since the first staging. Students are now more appreciative of the brand and what we have to offer. The number of patrons have also increased as well,” said Benoit.

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