Dancehall artiste Bramma, anticipates the release of a new track he recorded hoping the fans will get excited about it the way he is, when they hear it. The song, “Rasta Gorilla” he said, was recorded in a “remixed, old school style of deejaying” a first for him as he explore his own possibilities and give more of ‘Gorilla Rasta’ image.
The fans Bramma said have been feeling his music for sometime now and the love and energy that is emanating from them has lead him to start sharing wholesomely his own perception of what Dancehall music is. “This particular track though hardcore, is fun, it’s crazy, it’s playful; Hopefully will appeal to younger Dancehall fans everywhere”said Bramma. “Even though we appear serious sometimes we enjoy a good laugh. When me an me bredrin dem a hang out, any little talk, slang can trigger crazy laughter an a dem ting deh build vibes” disclosing how he and friends hang out.
When asked about NIPnews #savejamusic campaign Bramma’s response was, ” da sum n deh me haffi endorse. Whey you sey, dis year we ago spend more time talking bout the fun things and the good tings whey a gwaan fi Dancehall? Yeah man, dat shat! As Bramma ‘Da Gorilla’ hang with NIPnews Editor and pal Sophia McKay, he shared his own concern about the future of Dancehall. Bramma believes that too much is read into the music and what the artistes are saying. While he acknowledges that music is indeed a powerful tool to educate, a lot is blown out of context and blame thrown at artistes. “As me sey before sometimes when me an me bredrin dem a hang out, we mek some talk and dem slap whey, every man a laugh crazy and dem ting deh build a vibe” he said which is carried forward into the music. “Yow, me nah sey yuh nuh have some real serious issue and dem ting deh whey artistes sing bout inna music but one a de problem wid Dancehall now is like everything the artiste sey now affects the kids. Explicit BB messages, pics an dem ting deh nuh affect the kids when dem inna dem house wid dem parents, twitter, instagram, youtube, porn pon de net? “Me just a ask” he continued.
As Bramma stroll through Half Way Tree in Kingston, people shouted, “Gorilla” or “DJ” and he would stop to shake someone’s hand, hug a female or knock shoulder to shoulder in a friendly embrace going about his business. One woman came up to the ‘Bad’ DJ and said, “Gorilla beg you a money fi buy something to eat?” and has he handed her some cash she said, “me see you pon TV wha day yah” that made him smile and as if speaking his thoughts aloud, he said “all dem ting deh mek we keep doing dis.”
Looking somber, Bramma entered his vehicle and drove off, turning up the volume on his track, “gorilla dread locks rasta, gorilla dread locks rasta, gorilla dreadlock rasta, sey what d hell d police can do, a step me a step dem fi mek me go through, dis a nuh flintstone, a nuh ya ba da ba dooo…