Pos­i­tive tracks from Jamiek King, Teacha Dee

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Writer

ONE IS from the east, the other from the western end of Ja­maica, but one thing they have in com­mon is pos­i­tive mu­sic, as heard on their lat­est tracks, One Step by Jamiek King on the New Step rhythm, and Teacha Dee’s Rasta­fari Way.

Men­tored by Tar­rus Ri­ley, Jamiek King, out of St Thomas, con­tin­ues his as­so­ci­a­tion with Fly­die Wise Pro­duc­tion with a song that es­pouses the use of pa­tience in achiev­ing one’s goal.

With a video di­rected by Wayne Benjamin, the song has been get­ting favourable com­ments on YouTube and its fair share of air­play on lo­cal and over­seas ra­dio sta­tions.

“I’ve been singing since I was a lit­tle boy and I was for­tu­nate to have Tar­rus Ri­ley as a men­tor. He was one of the first per­sons who saw my tal­ent and helped me to nur­ture it,” said King, who is also a songwriter.

He con­tin­ued, “I’m very happy about the suc­cess of One Step. It has opened up a lot of doors for me in the mu­sic busi­ness. The ex­po­sure that I’ve re­ceived from the re­lease of this sin­gle and video has helped to in­tro­duce me to reg­gae mu­sic

fans all over the world.”

King is cur­rently work­ing on an EP.

CON­FI­DENT IN SONG

Mean­while, for­mer teacher at Glen­de­von Ju­nior High School, Damion War­ren, whose stage name, Teacha Dee, fit­tingly stuck to him af­ter he made his stage de­but, is plac­ing a lot of con­fi­dence in Rasta­fari Way mak­ing his name a house­hold one.

“This song is do­ing well in­ter­na­tion­ally and I be­lieve it has the po­ten­tial to be a hit in Ja­maica. Right now, my team is get­ting ready to put a mas­sive pro­mo­tional push be­hind it lo­cally,” Dee said.

Rasta­fari Way, pro­duced by Gid­di­mani Records/House of Rid­dims, is on the Horn of Africa rhythm and has re­ceived strong sup­port from DJs world­wide since it was re­leased in Au­gust.

It has reg­is­tered on var­i­ous mu­sic charts in­clud­ing Beat­port.com’s Top 100 Reg­gae Chart.

A big break for Teacha Dee would be just re­ward for his ef­forts over the 11 years since he recorded his first song, Life Goes On, for Popow Records, based in Ger­many.

Dozens of tracks have fol­lowed since, in­clud­ing Smoke and Fly, Smug­gling Weed, Long Day, Jah Jah is Call­ing, Traf­fic Light Dread, What I Pray (fea­tur­ing De­ter­mine), and Reg­gae Show (fea­tur­ing Utan Green).

In fact, Teacha Dee ap­pears more pop­u­lar in Europe than in Ja­maica, hav­ing toured the con­ti­nent and per­formed in places like Ger­many, Italy, and Switzer­land and hav­ing dozens of sin­gles re­leased there

“I’m very happy with the way my ca­reer has un­folded over the years. Since 2005, I’ve recorded for sev­eral top Euro­pean la­bels and I’ve also per­formed at some of the big­gest fes­ti­vals in Europe,” he said.

Rasta­fari Way, hope­fully, could be his way to be­com­ing a house­hold name in Ja­maica.

Jamiek King

Teacha Dee

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