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In a soulful performance, Reggae Music's acclaimed 'messenjah', the ;king of conscious music;, lighted the monthly IRITS event last Sunday at the Rasta Indigenous Village.
Luciano from early has been a long fan of mine. He's right up there with Garnett Silk, Morgan's Heritage, Buju Banton, Etana and the likes!
I like him not only because of his conscious music, but his unchanging principles, regardless. He boldly denounces slackness and vulgarity both in society and in the music industry, regardless of the event, the patrons, or stage he is on, that's him.
And that he did again during his supposedly 'pass through' performance along with his long time friend, Mikey General, at IRITS recently. Click here to watch the video.
Despite a small, 'family type' atmosphere, he didn't hold back on his best hits, neither did he relented on denouncing the slackness in the music, the bleaching, and other immoral tendencies he believe his people are drawn into.
He also lamented the leadership and state of world in his song 'Ooh La La La' to the beat of quadrille type music.
Other top hits he drew on were (at least I know them as... :-)
And during his commanding act, he also inserted popular renditions from other greats in the music, including his idol, Dennis Brown's Deliverance Will Come, Bunny Wailer's Armageddon, and Frankie Paul's Fire deh a muss-muss tail and Pass Di Kushumpen.
And about Mikey General?
Can I be honest with you? Truthfully, I didn't remember a lot about him, but I was really impressed by his vocals. He provided the perfect foil for the messenger,!
At several points, even taking the lead role! I'll certainly be listening to him a lot more now.
Of course (I know you'd expect that) I have more pics!
I even made this Instagram post...
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I had the great honor of meeting #themessenger #luciano and #mikeygeneral at IRITS! Stay tuned for highlights of his performance on my YouTube Channel! https://youtube.com/myislandjamaica @lucianomessenjah @iritsja #GreatJamaicans #famousjamaicans #jamaicanculture #Jamaica #ReggaeMusic #rastaindigenousvillage #thingstodoinjamaica @bushandwater
Born Jepther McClymont, Luciano is a devouted Rastafarian, whose lyrics promote love and consciousness.
He was born in Davyton, Manchester Parish and is the seventh of nine children.
The Messenger's first recording was in 1992, with the single "Ebony & Ivory" (on which he was credited as 'Stepper John'). One of his first releases as Luciano was the hit single "Give My Love a Try", produced at Castro Brown's New Name Studio.
He has released, or collaborated, on over forty (40) albums to date!
His most notable are...
Among the highlights of his successful career are...
IRITS is held at the Rastafari Indigenous Village in rural St. James on the last Sunday of each month and showcases some of the best talents and products from Jamaica and Rastafarian culture.
A typically evening features product displays, art and craft, food, lectures and live performances.
You can read more about another of my recent trips there.Back to Top of Luciano Reggae