EDITORIALS

Exclusive Interview with Saritah

Saritah, pronounced, (sa-REE-ta), is a Korean born, Australian raised artist-turned-global conscious roots singer-songwriter. Saritah has released three full-length albums and one EP in her career, which spans over 12 years. Saritah insert

Anticipating her latest single, “Inner Wealth” and accompanying music video, The Island Sound had the pleasure of speaking with Saritah. The topics include her new music, world travels, collaborations, working with producer Mario C (Beastie Boys, Manu Chao, Jack Johnson, John Butler Trio), how female musicians and artists in the reggae genre are presented and portrayed, as well as her new project, Del Corazon.

In celebration of Saritah’s new single and music video for “Inner Wealth”, the aforementioned topics and much more are available for your viewing pleasure below.

Take a look at the exclusive interview with Saritah…

The Island Sound: As a female artist in the reggae touring circuit, what is your take on how female singers in the genre are portrayed or perhaps even portray their image while on stage?
Saritah:
It’s interesting, still to this day you see the lineups of every festival are 85, 90 to 100 percent male dominated artists and bands. Let’s be honest, I think women are nicer to look at, you know? There is a fine line between being beautiful while playing music and portraying beauty before the music. You still see those flyers with boobs and girls. Personally, I don’t like seeing flyers like that. That’s not going to make me want to go to the show. I want to go to the show because I like the music. I’m a woman, so I can’t speak for the guys, but I think it would be nice to see flyers for shows that didn’t have artwork that were objectifying a woman’s body. There are some artists, that no matter what a woman wears, their music will outshine the image. I do believe, each woman has the freedom and choice to present herself how she wants to be presented.

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Lyrics to Live By: SOJA – “Open My Eyes”

Inspiration can be found in all forms, including the music that we love. A chorus in our favorite song can be the light we need.

At the heart of reggae music, the lyrics in place have focused on the themes of uplifting, hopeful, loving and faith based inspiration. Think of the power of Bob Marley’s ubiquitous image, music, and lyrics so many years after his death.large

The reason Bob Marley lives so strongly in the public imagination today is because his music and lyrics had a meaningful and positive message. Marley’s music was transformative, aspiring to make the world a better place, and inspire those that listened to his music to achieve a better way of life.

Hope is powerful because it energizes and propels people forward even when the odds are against them. It helps people find innovative ways to work around their constraints. Hope helps people rise above their circumstances.

Both positivity and negativity can help people get through tough times. The difference is that positivity can lead the way toward positive action for a better future. For all of this world’s different cultures, positive lyrics provide a motivating soundtrack.

No matter where you are or at what state of life you reside, begin your week with Lyrics to Live By.

SOJA – “Open My Eyes”

I open my eyes, each morning I rise
to find the truth I know that is there.
I’m lucky to breathe, I’m lucky to feel,
I’m glad to wake up, I’m glad to be here.
With all of this world, and all of it’s pain,
all of its lies, and all of its let downs…
I still feel a sense of freedom
So glad I’m around.

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Backstage Story: Rootz Underground

The Foundation…

Listening to the introduction: “All the way from Kingston, Jamaica…” plenty of memorable reggae pioneers come to mind. This list or musical icons truly is endless. Beginning with Bob Marley and The Wailers, the island capital became common knowledge in the past, the present, and will certainly remain fit in the future. Reggae music sprouted from Jamaica over fifty-years ago, and to this day, the beat Rootz Underground2still goes on stronger than ever.

With The Wailers continuing to tour, with lone original member Aston “Family Man” Barrett on bass, there is still a standard to hold in traditional Jamaican roots-rock-reggae. One band that is climbing the ladder approaching that renowned status is Rootz Underground. All six members joined together in the musical manor of Kingston Town. The same streets walked by Marley, Peter Tosh and dancehall kingpin, Yellowman, Rootz Underground are leaving their own footprints.

Beyond their beautiful reggae sound, Rootz Underground comes complete with the look, as well. Lead singer Stephen Newland has a striking resemblance to the great legend, Bob Marley, going far beyond the recognizable dreadlocks. Newland’s onstage showmanship could be placed side-by-side with Marley, and the only difference would be grainy film and high definition quality footage.

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Revival of Female Vocalists in Reggae

Throughout the lifespan of reggae music, male talent has dominated the genre. In the recent years, there has been a revival of female vocalists in reggae music.

From the early days of The I-Three, singing back up vocals for Bob Marley and The Wailers to solo stars like Sister Carol, Diana King, Sandra Cross and the “Queen of Lovers Rock,” Janet Kay, the aforementioned singers have all cemented their legacy in the foundation of female reggae artists. However, there has been a gap within female talent over the last ten years, until now.
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Recently, the island chain of Hawaii has been a hotbed for up-and-coming and main stage female reggae artists. The trailblazer that has prompted this revival is Anuheake’alaokalokelani Jenkins, known as simply, Anuhea. After being a self-taught guitarist and writing original tunes, Anuhea began performing locally in Hawaii. A year later, Anuhea performed at the world renowned South By Southwest Music Showcase in Austin, TX.

2010 was Anuhea’s breakout year as a performer, playing alongside Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley at the Waikiki Shell on Oahu, as well as releasing her first studio album titled, Anuhea. Soon after, Anuhea received two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy’s), one for Contemporary Album of the Year and the other for Most Promising Artist, among both male and female artists.

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