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Positive Tracks From Jameik King, Teacha Dee

Published:Saturday | November 12, 2016 | 11:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
Teacha Dee
Jamiek King
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One is from the east, the other from the western end of Jamaica, but one thing they have in common is positive music, as heard on their latest tracks, One Step by Jamiek King on the New Step rhythm, and Teacha Dee's Rastafari Way.

Mentored by Tarrus Riley, Jamiek King, out of St Thomas, continues his association with Flydie Wise Production with a song that espouses the use of patience in achieving one's goal.

With a video directed by Wayne Benjamin, the song has been getting favourable comments on YouTube and its fair share of airplay on local and overseas radio stations.

"I've been singing since I was a little boy and I was fortunate to have Tarrus Riley as a mentor. He was one of the first persons who saw my talent and helped me to nurture it," said King, who is also a songwriter.

He continued, "I'm very happy about the success of One Step. It has opened up a lot of doors for me in the music business. The exposure that I've received from the release of this single and video has helped to introduce me to reggae music fans all over the world."

King is currently working on an EP.

CONFIDENT IN SONG

Meanwhile, former teacher at Glendevon Junior High School, Damion Warren, whose stage name, Teacha Dee, fittingly stuck to him after he made his stage debut, is placing a lot of confidence in Rastafari Way making his name a household one.

"This song is doing well internationally and I believe it has the potential to be a hit in Jamaica. Right now, my team is getting ready to put a massive promotional push behind it locally," Dee said.

Rastafari Way, produced by Giddimani Records/House of Riddims, is on the Horn of Africa rhythm and has received strong support from DJs worldwide since it was released in August.

It has registered on various music charts including Beatport.com's Top 100 Reggae Chart.

A big break for Teacha Dee would be just reward for his efforts over the 11 years since he recorded his first song, Life Goes On, for Popow Records, based in Germany.

Dozens of tracks have followed since, including Smoke and Fly, Smuggling Weed, Long Day, Jah Jah is Calling, Traffic Light Dread, What I Pray (featuring Determine), and Reggae Show (featuring Utan Green).

In fact, Teacha Dee appears more popular in Europe than in Jamaica, having toured the continent and performed in places like Germany, Italy, and Switzerland and having dozens of singles released there

"I'm very happy with the way my career has unfolded over the years. Since 2005, I've recorded for several top European labels and I've also performed at some of the biggest festivals in Europe," he said.

Rastafari Way, hopefully, could be his way to becoming a household name in Jamaica.