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Reggae expanding its reach, says Raging Fyah

Published:Sunday | September 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Raging Fyah Band (from left): Courtland White, Anthony Watson, Kumar Bent, Delroy Hamilton, Mahlon Moving and Demar Gayle.

Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

In recent times, many critics have suggested that reggae is on a steep decline, just barely holding on through a few fresh acts. However, at least one reggae group believes otherwise.

Fresh from their tour of North America, Europe and Russia, roots rock reggae band Raging Fyah believes that reggae is growing and will see continued growth on the international stage. Over the last two months, the band visited a number of countries, including Russia, The Netherlands, Germany and Poland, and has concluded that the reactions of the fans in these parts of the world are a testament to the genre's increasing impact.

Sharing sounds from their latest album Destiny, Raging Fyah expressed shock at how much of their songs the audience knew. They also used the growing size of the crowd at each of their events as an indication that reggae is far from dying. "The essence of reggae has not changed and it will only get better on a world stage," said lead singer Kumar Bent, while expressing gratitude for the support the genre continues to receive. The band also said they hope the international market will continue to experience live performances from new artistes, as they said Jamaica was the place where "reggae talent perpetually continues to bloom."

With the appreciation for their music confirmed throughout their recent tour, the band plans to continue its musical journey with the release of a new music video for the track, Brave, which is slated for release next month. Film-makers Nile Saulter and Kyle Chin will be the men responsible for shooting the video, and if their reputations are anything to go by, the video will be far from ordinary.

"Brave is a very powerful song loaded with emotions. It is spiritual, yet real at the same time. Composed of just piano and vocals, it is a constant reminder that the decisions you make will determine your destiny," they explained. The video will take the format of a short film.

shereita.grizzle@gleanerjm.com