It is something to meet Tiken Jah Fakoly. His music has lulled your adolescence and awakes the consciousness of each person. Since always, the artist is engaged in the peace and the fraternity between people and has always affirmed their engagement with Africa. He had the kindness of meeting you to converse after his concert during the Party of Humanity.
– IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU ARE PRESENT AT THE FESTIVAL OF HUMANITY, WHAT EMOTIONS DO YOU EXPECT TO RECOVER FROM THE PUBLIC FOR THIS CONCERT, DEDICATED TO AFRICA?
-It is with pleasure that i return to the festival of humanity, it is the fourth time for me. It is a social festival, where we are comfortable and where we can pass through messages. I have always had very good memories during my times here and today, I had a very good time once again. Despite the rain, the crowd was present, was vibrant, and it made me really happy.
-HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE TITLES FOR YOUR NEW ALBUM “ROOTS”?
They are titles that I listened to during my adolescence, my youth and that affected me. These songs made me discover the reggae and I wanted to learn it. I also wanted to see if the African instruments could collaborate and it worked. It is the realization of the prophecy by Bob Marley that declared that “The reggae is from Africa and the reggae will come back to Africa”. If the African instruments collaborate with “Get up stand up” by Bob Marley it is not for no reason.
-HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT PEOPLE TO COLLABORATE WITH?
-There are people that I knew for a long time, that I had met in Jamaica and that I had already invited. For example, Max Romeo, I met him during a festial. Due the title “Is it because I’m black” it was logic to invite Ken Both. They were sympathetic meetings, we were all very at ease in the studio, in a good working atmosphere.
-WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BRING WITH THIS NEW ALBUM?
-They are titles that are on point, that awake the mind. “It is because I’m black” has awoken minds in 1968, it is unfortunately still relevant. When I see how the world presents itself, it is important to create songs that wake people up. Titles such as “Get up, stand up” reminds people to stand up and claim back their rights. The goal was to pay homage to the golden age of reggae, to revive these songs, give them the strength they had so that when they leave again they reflect on people around them and raise awareness.
-HOW DO YOU POSITION YOURSELF WITH THE NEW WAVE OF ARTISTS THAT ARE APPEARING?
-I wish to learn with them. We are engaged in the same fight with reggae music. It is the younger people who have things to say on what they live through in the society of their generation. We need to learn from them, we need to change with them to move this fight further forward.
-WHAT COULD YOU SAY TO EXPLAIN THE POWER OF REGGAE AND TO SHOW THAT IT IS AN ENTIRE ART?
-The Reggae is fight music, it has always expressed what the population has wanted to say. We talk about the realities of living in our homes as a Chinese or a Russian would talk about the realities of their country. The reggae since Bob Marley is music based on the message, the words and allows awakening to the minds of people.
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