LAST Wednesday Konshens took the stage at the launch of Reggae Sumfest held on the East Lawns of Devon House. After giving a sneak peak of Dancehall night, he held everyone’s attention with a comment.
“We need some more on drop songs, artistes need to start recording some more one drop and hold back a vibes … mi a start with miself,” he said, before launching into his No Power song.
The conscious recording artiste spoke against some of the more popular recordings which are imitations of American culture.
In a follow-up interview with the Observer, Konshens expressed why he defends the rhythm which was made popular by drummer Carlton Barrett of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
According to him: “The one drop is the signature of Jamaican music culture worldwide … besides the fact that I’m naturally a patriot, I love the soothing groove that a one-drop riddim has, it’s second to none, if you waa hol a medz, it should be your first option musically.”
Konshens says he has recorded a few one-drop songs with a recent one being No Power, produced by Lifeline Music. He is also working on another Jeremy Harding one-drop track which should be released soon.
For Konshens, the need to see more of this kind of recording came about after being on the road a lot and having received feedback from music lovers, as well as his own personal experiences.
“Jamaica has outgrown one drop, which I think personally we cannot afford to, because it is not just another genre that can be modified and eliminated with time, for example, soul music in USA.
The dancehall artiste reminded that the one-drop rhythm is a major part of our culture and “as Jamaicans we need to protect it”.
It is no secret that reggae has influenced all genres of music and it is against this background that Konshens is stressing that we should honour what we have.
“These places are beginning to produce their own reggae and are becoming independent of Jamaican reggae … this is dangerous to our industry,” he warned.
While acknowledging that every artiste chooses how they express their creative side, Konshens says a healthy balance should be maintained.
“I think a balanced diet of one drop, dancehall, R&B and any of the other genres can only build and diversify our level of creativity in music.”
In concluding, Konshens — who has recorded such favourites as Winner, The Realest Song, She’s Happy and The Realest Medz — says he believes that our music biz is moving backwards and biased, but that’s the least of his concern. He’s “more concerned about the state of the music from a creative standpoint … after all, a di music mi love, not the music biz!”
(Article provided by Jamaica Observer)