Bushman

 

"Reggae Roots & Culture continues it's journey from the heart of Jamaica, inspired by Africa, crossing all boundaries and communicating a positive message internationally".

At a time when the International need to focus on positivity, creativity and harmony is paramount, Roots & Culture and the Jamaican artists who continue to support the traditional Rastafarian teachings and beliefs is breaking new ground and developing International artists and worldwide recognition. Playing an integral part in the development of Jamaican Roots & Culture, BUSHMAN is back with his third album "Higher Ground".

"Higher Ground" is a quality recording of the purest Roots & Culture produced by the legendary King Jammy. "Higher Ground" is an inspirational album that sees BUSHMAN emerging as one of Jamaica's leading singer/songwriters.

Now 28 years old, Dwight Duncan aka BUSHMAN is an artist carved out of the same musical tradition as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Luciano, who he quotes as being his dominant influences. Hailing from the small rural parish of Prospect Beach, BUSHMAN was raised as a Rastafarian. By the tender age of nine he had grasped his musical potential and his passions for football and cricket were fast overtaken by a commitment to the local church choir.

Moving into his teens and now known as Junior Melody, he kicked off his career proper as a selector (selecting the records played on a sound system) on the Black Star Line Sound System. Taking his talent to the next stage meant travelling seventy miles to Kingston, as there were no studios in St. Thomas. Being poor he would have to hitch-hike before waiting around all day for the opportunity to record. Months passed in this way until he happened to meet top Jamaican producers Steely and Clevie at Arrows Dubplate Studio during an impromptu game of football. Steely immediately invited him to audition for his studio, Studio 2000.

Their first song together was "Grow Your Naty", a remarkable debut, which was swiftly followed by "Call The Hearse". Steely renamed him BUSHMAN, although not without a certain amount of resistance from the singer. He thought it derogatory to his country roots until discovering that Bushman was an African term for 'Medicine Man'; "Muisc", he later wrote "is the original medicine"!

This confirmed BUSHMAN's vision that music was capable of inspiring love, unity and self-awareness. "Call The Hearse" became a big hit in Jamaica, followed up by some live dates. BUSHMANE received a rapturous welcome on a short US tour, and headlined a show at Kingston's hottest venue, The Mirage Club.

After the release of his debut album, "Nyah Man Chant" in 1997, BUSHMAN reached a natural hiatus in his career. An artist with true integrity, he chose to take a year away from the music business and spent his time "from the outside looking in". His search for perspective and musical direction proved fruitful.

BUSHMAN's newly enriched creativity then lead him to Lloyd James aka King Jammy. He says of their working relationship, "Jammy listens to my ideas and knows what I want, so he gets the best results." The combination of his year out and the mutual respect of artist and producer resulted in a mature and focused second album, "Total Commitment" released March 1999.

Adding to the successful partnership with King Jammy, "Higher Ground" sees BUSHMAN continue to bless us with his inspiring lyrics whilst King Jammy rates "Higher Ground" as "one of the best albums I've ever produced" which is quite an accolade when you consider the history of King Jammy's studio and the legends with whom he has worked.

He cites country and western, R&B, Jazz and Blues as major influences and this spectrum of musical taste is evident in the way he places more traditional Roots and Culture tracks side by side with Dancehall rhythms. Never one to compromise his beliefs, BUSHMAN's faith, honest and observation of the world around him leap out of his emotive lyrics. He is keen to capitalize on music as an instrument of education and sending his message far and wide.

Despite the ever-increasing recognition of his talent, BUSHMAN remains a humble and down-to-earth figure. He still lives in St. Thomas, frequently taking to the hills with his Bible and meditating in the lush Jamaican countryside. He sticks to a strictly Ital diet comprising of natural juices and vegetarian dishes. He bathes in the hot water springs of his native parish and considers his Rastafarian faith a "levity" (total lifestyle, as opposed to a religion or convenience or fad).

Outstanding production and the most compelling Rasta chants to be heard from Jamaica in years, make BUSHMAN a force to be reckoned within contemporary Reggae.

BUSHMAN has arrived and the Rastafarian tradition continues.......

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