May 22, 2024


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Tamo J delves further into Afrobeats – Shares how he keeps his head above water | Entertainment

Many dancehall entertainers have experimented with Afrobeats, the start pad for a new generation of artistes from Nigeria, Ghana, and other English-speaking international locations in West Africa. Popcaan, Demarco, Hectic Signal, Beenie Person and Tarrus Riley have contributed a track or two to the genre. The one of a kind mix of syncopated dancehall, R&B and Afrobeats has exposed numerous a Jamaican artiste and producer to the African viewers, which includes fast-mounting innovative Tamo J.

Tamo J, in a modern job interview with The Gleaner, disclosed that the reception from African international locations like Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe to his tunes has been too much to handle.

“The African viewers is actually tuned into Tamo J. I get a large amount of comparison to Chronixx from these spots and I know they are thrilled about the product or service,” Tamo J stated of his rising acceptance in Africa.

The fusion recording artiste, whose musical mantra is ‘quality around amount, only the greatest will are living on forever’, has been highlighted in numerous initiatives, which includes Appleton Estate’s 2018 Coronary heart of Jamaica reggae album, spearheaded by producer Mikie Bennett of Grafton Studios. The very same calendar year, the recording artiste released the tunes video clip for his dancehall-infused Afrobeats single, Oh Mama. He returns with a further monitor praising the ‘African undesirable gyal’, which, by the way, is also the title of a collaboration with Nigerian star WizKid and R&B/hip-hop hitmaker Chris Brown.

“The track is properly titled African Undesirable Gyal, impressed by the sensation of the rhythm and matched with the lyrics,” Tamo J stated. He thinks it can contend with the productions of seasoned Afrobeats megastars like WizKid, Afro B, Davido, Burna Boy and Mr Eazi.

“It’s all about internet marketing and obtaining people knowledgeable of the new tunes. When it comes on to the sound and brand name that I deliver to the desk, it is in a position to contend, without having a doubt!” he exclaimed.


He notes that recording artistes are naturally competitive beings, but he is not a single to put on a challenging deal with if he has to work with the opposition.

“I will be undertaking a large amount far more Afrobeats and international tunes creation, for the reason that my sound is of that way. Tamo J is a ball of musical strength waiting around to explode, (so) I undoubtedly see myself founded globally, representing Jamaica and the tradition to the fullest, at the highest degree, in the up coming 5 a long time or a lot less,” he stated. “I admire the likes of Nigerian producer and recording artiste Maleek Berry as an all-round creator (like myself) that has a one of a kind type and sound, and I would like to collaborate with him on a undertaking.”

The fusion recording artiste has numerous vibrant collaborations with veterans, these as Burning Up with Qraig (Voicemail) Get Gal Straightforward with Singer J and Feeling Herself with Beenie Person. However, his highest-streaming single to day is his 2019 solo monitor, Victory. Supply Me, released only a single thirty day period ago, is also creating its streaming figures.

Supply Me is actually a gospel-reggae monitor, so numerous people have been touched and impressed all around the environment. I foresee it will be a further a single from my catalogue that garners superior streams. I realise people appreciated the message in Victory, so I kept the very same formula that is, produce from the heart,” he explained to The Gleaner.

With his concentrate on creating far more Afrobeats-sounding tunes, he extra, “As quickly as we are in a position to function entirely again, people can hope a colourful video clip for African Undesirable Gyal, total of wonderful African undesirable gals.”

Tamo J, who generally goes for a vintage appear, standing out on phase in a tailor-made go well with or blazer and jeans, claims he is all set to throw it down for his tunes video clip.

“I check out to preserve it natural and playful but nevertheless cleanse and sharp, and it’s possible people will witness me enable loose with a bit of Afro-dance moves for the tunes video clip. 1 far more detail at the leading of my listing to do as quickly as the pandemic is around, which will help with exposing the brand name and tunes, is host a further ‘Tamo J Live’ concert. The initial was held in December and was nicely obtained. The strategy is to make it ‘Tamo J and Mates Live’ for the second staging,” he stated.