Armed with a new single called Only Ras Tafari which is already receiving, radio airplay nationally and internationally, Asante Amen is expecting his career fortunes to take a turn for the better in 2013.
"I have been a diligent student of spiritual roots reggae for a while now and people from all over the world have recognised my contribution to roots reggae and mi love that. But this year, I need to get that same stamp of approval from mi back yard" said Asante.
"A right here di music mek an a here we perform most a di songs dem, so we just want di highlight and the official Jamaican green light now," he added.
Only Ras Tafari was recorded for Street Kid Music Production, headed by Norman 'Street Kid' Richards, a close friend and now manager of Asante Amen.
"It was right for me to start off the year with a single that is not only dear to my heart, but from the camp," Asante explained.
Street Kid is being assisted by Kamau Janai (Jahnai Productions), also a long-time friend of Asante, in managing the artiste's affairs.
"Right now, with a new single and a new management team in place, my career is headed in the right direction, so a just the work fi put in now, although nuff work put in already," Asange said, optimistically.
To his credit, Asante has already performed locally at major shows such as Rebel Salute, St Mary Mi Come From and Tarrus Riley's annual Christmas concert, as well as overseas shows such as Irie Jamboree, a major annual labour day weekend concert in New York (USA). He has received international attention for singles such as Save Dem Jah, Not 4 Sale, Wipe Your Tears and Praises.
Asante is enthusiastic about his career, especially for 2013, as there seems to be a renewed interest and taste for conscious roots-reggae music, especially in Jamaica.
high hopes for music
"Bwoy mi confident seh my music ago pick up ina Jamaica big time now, cause mi see how di people dem a gravitate towards ones like Jah9, Chronixx and Raging Fyah and is the same message me did have from day one, so is just to turn up di campaign so everybody a hear mi ting one time, rather than a group here and a group there like in the past," said Asante.
With his new single receiving very positive feedback so far, a video to support the single in the works, and a slew of new singles slated for release this year, Asante Amen feels very confident that his time to shine has arrived.
"If is not this year, I can't see which one it is. Every disc jockey that get it so far love it and everyone that hear it a seh di same ting, so me well confident seh me ago get mi justice ina di music this year."
Only Ras Tafari can also be found on popular social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud and Myspace.
Asante is slated to perform next at the Dennis Brown Tribute on Sunday.