Feeding Africa - Reggae artiste seeks different rewards from his music
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
International reggae artiste Kwabena Nip plans to feed Africa. The Jamaica-born singer said he left Jamaica at a young age and has been on a spiritual journey, taking up residence in several countries in the process. It was as a result of one of his sojourns that he became passionate about the African continent.
"I was born in Jamaica but I have spent periods of my life in Gambia, Ghana, England, anywhere the music takes me, so I would say I live nowhere, I am an all-rounder," he said.
According to the artiste, he doesn't do music to become rich, but to contribute to a greater cause, which is to empower Jamaicans and the people of Africa.
"I look into Africa and the things I see in the east, with hunger, skinny babies and suffering have made me aware that money is not the thing, but spirituality and kindness," he said.
The spirituality and kindness that Kwabena Nip speaks of is represented in his latest song dedicated to Africa and the African diaspora.
The song is called Bloody River, and represents what can be defined as a musical revolution.
"Let us rob those sons of a riches and give it to the poor always pressuring, asking us for more while the children are crying, mama bawling out for more," sings the artiste who describes himself as a lyrical messenger.
Kwabena Nip says he wants to facilitate African consciousness, and Jamaica provides the perfect platform to do so.
"The whole world has a part to play, but it starts with Jamaica because the country has so much power, but the people aren't aware of their power," he said.
The artiste believes that Africa rules the world through the island of Jamaica.
"The world wants to be like Jamaica, I have travelled the world and people are trying to speak like us, it amuses them to be in our presence ... and that is what is kinda puzzling to me. It's like Africa is ruling the world through Jamaica ... we are here for a purpose," he said.
Since his subscription to a more Afrocentric way of thinking, the artiste says he has dedicated much of his musical earnings to charity.
One such charity is the Just Help Africa Charity.
"I take part in charities and this is just one of them. If you search for my song Bloody River on YouTube.com, you will find a link to the charity if you wish to donate. I link my music to the charity because my life and my music are to help people," he said.
The artiste calls on radio disc jockeys and the media to promote his song and help to re-socialise Jamaicans.
"We don't want your money because money alone can't help, but every time you play the song or share it on the Internet, you have contributed to making Africa a better place," he said.
"If we don't do the work somebody will do it for us, and they will not do it in the right way, and the ancestors are crying because they believe we have betrayed them," he concluded.
The artiste also believes that every established artiste should adopt at least one child and finance his/her educational development, instead of wasting money in other less important ways.
Kwabena Nip is slated to leave the country for England at the end of this month.