first impression you get of Jah Mason is that of a tall,
warrior-like man, but when he opens his mouth you hear the
humbleness in his voice.
Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Jah Mason released his first 45
record in 1992. At that time he used to be called Perry Mason, but
in 1995 it became Jah Mason because he began to "seek unto
righteousness" and decided he could not be called Perry Mason. He
changed his name to Jah Mason after linking up with the David
House family who's members consist of the Fireman Capleton amongst
others. He sees the name Jah Mason as his "Ethiopian name."
Along with being a part of the David House family, Jah Mason is
also part of the Flames family along with people such as Utan
Green, Lebanculah, Tony Rebel and Sugar Blacks. He sees Flames and
David House as "a family ting." As such he is also a part of
Determine's Zulu House family too.
Jah Mason's leaning towards the music business was 'an inborn'
concept. He states "from I know myself... I know music." He gained
early influence from people such as Capleton and Determine amongst
others as long as there was "righteousness, the influence is...
good" and Jah Mason found that whoever projected this righteous
energy, he had to look up to them no matter who they were.
Music to Jah Mason is not a business, he sees it as a mission
because if it was a business he would not be involved in it. He
doesn't see the music business as something that is stable and
classes it as "twiggy."
Since the age of 15, Jah Mason has been embracing Rastafari, but
he believes "Everyone, every black people, is Rasta." The actual
concept has to be realised by the person before they can embrace
Rastafari. He is committed to the Bobo-Shanti order.
Jah Mason writes all his own lyrics getting his ideas from "the
Almighty Haile Selassie I" and at the time of the interview, he
had an album due out on January 7th 2000 on the Reggaemuffin
label. He has had a few successful singles to date including a
combination with Jah Cure called 'Run Come Love Me Tonight' and
solo singles such as 'Hard Mama Work' and 'Money Dem A Run Down'.
Jah Cure is an artist who has recently been in Reggae and Jamaican
headlines as he was imprisoned for 15 years on an alleged rape
charge. Jah Mason believes "No that's fraud, he was set up someone
drove his car. His friend but when you're trying to play tough you
don't wanna inform on someone, you don't wanna be an informer,
that's what happened. You don't have to do that trus' me."
At his current age of 25, Jah Mason has appeared in all major
stage shows including Sumfest, Sunsplash, Rebel Salute, Blender
Salute and Zulu Salute. He has also toured extensively covering
England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Rome to name a few
places. His aim is to tour "anywhere I haven't been yet" naming
Africa as one such place.
The Motherland is a continent a lot of artists and sound systems
wish to tour, but for Jah Mason the feeling is stronger and he
would love to live there quoting "Ethiopia or Ghana" as countries
where he would consider settling because "Right yah now me live a
The direction in which Dancehall music is going right now courts
critics according to Jah Mason because of all the "sex an'
violence cah to me wha' really goin' on is nakedness." He doesn't
class Dancehall in the same bracket as Cultural music because
"nowadays you have fe say righteous music, cultural music,
upliftment" to differentiate the two.
Of his accomplishments as an artist so far, Jah Mason feels "Dat
de righteous energy really hit that point where I want it to
reach" and he feels great about it, even "kingly coz that's how it
is." If he was not in the music business, Jah Mason would leave it
in Jah's hands, "Jah make all those decisions." Humble to a fault,
he begs to clarify that he sees himself as a "chanter" and not a
DJ. A chanter is one who sees music as a way of passing on a
positive message of Haile Selassie I's teachings. More of a
mission and not a competition. You have to chant out of love and
not for money because the money side is unstable whereas love is
His fans are left with wise words to live by, "Show love an' know
love. Stay love an' be love coz love is overall. Without love
there is no life an' without life there is no love. With those
elements, it's all good you know." Jah Mason is obviously living a
life of love judging from his success so far.
To book Jah Mason contact his management in Jamaica on
876-905-3820 or 876-927-3008.