June 6, 2022 | By Supa Pea | Jahazeil father Buju Banton is no stranger to the Grammy awards. They both shared the same stage when some 30,000 musically-hungry fans decided to experience his father’s Long Walk to Freedom Concert at the National Stadium on March 16, 2019.
The man beside Buju Banton is his son Jahazeil who would also want to taste stardom at some point in his career. Jahazeil Myrie at 25 years-old does not sport dreadlocks like his father do, but to him that doesn’t take anything away from his dreams.
“I don’t have to be a rastafarian to sell my music; yes, Bob Marley did a great job for reggae with his rastafarian image, and helped to open the door for other reggae artists,”
He is not likely to sing anything close to, Boom Bye Bye or Browning which led to a fiery backlash. I really don’t want to comment on certain things; I told you that from the beginning. I have my unique flavour and style. Jahazeil is me and no one else.
“I am not in music to ride on anyone’s victory or success. I keep telling people the same thing all the time. ” I am building my own musical mansion.”
So what are Jahazeil’s foundations which he hope will make his music stands out from the rest? “I am all for positivity; to inspire people.
My music helps people to keep strong during these terrible times of COVID- 19 pandemic, the rising cost of living; the sudden tragedy when a man comes home to find his house burnt flat to the ground, or his only child killed by a stray bullet.”
Jahazeil begins to sing the words of one of his inspiring song, Keep Strong.
“Be brave, be bold Just know that God is in control We can survive in these times Just hold the faith, be stronger… Why worry when you can pray Fi one bag a stress pon yuh brain From there’s a will, there’s a way.”
His thoughts comes out in this song produced by Grinch Records in 2021.
Jahazeil has done what he considers to be a fitting collaboration with Spragga Benz titled “At My Door” which is loved by a lot of radio disc-jockeys, including Jamaica’s Nikky Z host at The Bridge 99 FM.
His latest song “Born Star” is certainly one to meditate, but why? “You know one of our problems.We don’t see ourselves as stars. The black man, for example, continues to bleach out their natural skin colour because he is ashamed of being black.
“But hear this. I am black and I am a born star. So, i am going to show this through my music. I want the thousands of black suffering youths to start thinking positive. Yes, and to do so with attitude and self-confidence.”
His song came when over one hundred thousand students are preparing to sit their Secondary School Examination Certificate(CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).
The Kingston-born who attended Liberty Academy is not ever going to bed without thinking about Left To Right- a song which made it to the top 10 Johnny Wonder Caribbean Pool chart.
” This is what I call moving to one’s dream. Taking charge of your future . Hitting your goals with the right foot.”