Anastasia Cunningham, News Coordinator
Reggae singer Chayot is climbing to international fame with the new single Poor People Nah Nuh Food (Searching For Love), at the same time hoping to rehash the passion that reggae music represents when it was at its best.
Born Daniel Jones, the 31-year-old singer has now embarked on a mission to bring the plight of the poor and downpressed back to the forefront of reggae, and with the debut single, produced by veteran producer Ed Robinson, he intends to fulfill that mission.
The St Catherine High School graduate, who became a well-known songwriter in the reggae music industry, believes reggae will continue to be great no matter what state the music is in now because, as he puts it, "The Jamaican people are a smart set of people. You cyaah fool Jamaican people. Jamaican people invent reggae music and you can't come reinvent it wid foolishness. The people will continue to grow the music. Expect great things from reggae music."
PASSIONATE SPIRITUAL REGGAE
Describing his musical style as passionate spiritual reggae, Chayot is all culture, all clean, and all reggae.
Despite his passion and determination, however, he was once very reluctant to take centre stage.
"I was more comfortable writing music for well-known reggae acts and I enjoyed producing music for record labels," Chayot explained.
However, fate would have its way after years of hearing his childhood friend, reggae superstar Anthony B, continually telling him that he should really take the music more seriously and start delivering the message himself as an artiste. Chayot is finally heeding that advice.
The Cumberland, Portmore-based artiste has spent years travelling and working in different continents but would be the first to tell you that "mi nuh like fahrin. Mi nuh tink fahrin mek sense. You can go there go look a food, but nuh plan to live there".
Chayot thinks track and field megastar Usain Bolt made the right decision to stay home in Jamaica and launch his career from home. He also believes that artistes like Vybz Kartel were right to abandon the 'American dream' and do it from Jamaica.
"These decisions are what define you as an artiste or whatever," he said.
When asked what made him special as an artiste, Chayot made it clear that nothing made him special and that he would never be special.
"Too many great artistes already blaze the trail. I can't even begin to compare myself with Bob Marley - or even his seeds, for that matter. People like Stephen Marley make it clear how powerful and alive the music is today. Listening to Stephen and Buju Banton is like you open the heavens and joy just rain down … . God is great, star!" he said.
"Mi is not a big singer. Mi jus a deliver a message or three."
The singer cites his good friends Sizzla, Anthony B, and Determine as his personal influences and cites the Marleys, Buju Banton, and Bounty Killer as some of the most powerful minds in music.
Chayot is currently busy recording new tracks and is almost finished with construction on his recording studio, Monarch Studios, in his hometown of Cumberland. Chayot says his studio will only be open to ghetto youth and those who want to help ghetto youth.
"Our studio is not for no guy inna nuh khaki suit," he said, laughing.