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Interview with Jah Creation
By Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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We were advised in the beginning of the second quarter of 2001 that the then number one clashing sound Killamanjaro had received a surprise defeat from Jah Creation. Many people have disputed this, but Bramganja's reaction to the outcome was simple, "it was a great feeling to topple the No1 sound." The historic occasion happened on the 16th April, 2001, at the Black Star Lawn in Shiloh, St Elizabeth, Jamaica.

Abraham Lincoln (selector) aka Bramganja, Dwayne Noad (selector/mic man) aka Dwayne Pow, Courtney Ray Montique (engineer, selector) aka Fingers and Ewart Lawson Dunstan (selector) aka Johnny Knooks formed Jah Creation in late September 1998.

Anthony Rollin Wright (mic man) aka Bad Ras, Francios Pascwal Stewart (selector, mic man) aka Fresh Cut, Mortan Gammom (mic man) aka Jubbie Speng and Little Killer later joined the sound.

The sound members are committed to King Haile Selassie I and this is reflected in the sound name.

Jah Creation consider themselves to be able to hold their own, whether they are called upon to juggle or clash. Their first clash opponents were Rock Star and Delta Force in February 1999 and they say although they came out on top, Killamanjaro was their most difficult opponent to date.

Many people, including Jah Creation, consider Stone Love to be the number one sound, although Stone Love don't actually clash. Therefore, were surprised when Bramganja advised that Jah Creation have beat Stone Love twice.

They were fortunate to play at the last stage show that Dennis Brown attended, Reggae Latium. Jah Creation plays out every weekend all over Jamaica and the major events they have featured on include Champions In Action at Fort Clarence Beach, Fire In A White House, Sumfest, Luv You Fest in Bermuda and Loaded on the Beach.

Jah Creation's best response was received when they played to around 15,000 people at Steven "Shorty" Malcolm's tribute at the UDC beach in Montego Bay. They have also played for the Prime Minister. Playing the sound has taken Jah Creation out of Jamaica to Bermuda and they hope to reach Africa and Alaska.

Their ideas for dubs are a joint effort and they cut dubs in Jamaica, New York and Malawi in Africa. "Every week there's a new artist, new songs, new riddims, so it's hard." Most soundmen find it a difficult task to choose one dub out of their collection that stands out. Jah Creation say one of their favourites are Bob Marley and Ziggy Marley's "Bad Card," where they played Bob Marley's original and got Ziggy to sing along with it.

At a time when many artists are being pulled up on their use of profanities and every other artist seems to be in some sort of conflict, Jah Creation have decided to take a different direction and they feel that they are the start of a great era for good clean music.

Bramganja advises, "look out for more Jah Creation in full gear we try not to play as other sounds play with the heap of cussing we just keep it clean."

He feels that "right now dancehall is in a slump because people are tired of the negative results coming from most sounds to the people, but I think there's a light at the end of the tunnel because sounds that want to make it they must come clean. Less talking and more music for the people."

Bramganja's advice to up & coming sounds was for them to strive to be as different as possible from other sounds, but most of all he wants them to keep the music clean.

Jah Creation have their own studio and over the coming months they are planning to launch the Jah Creation record label to showcase the best of cultural music. For the future they wish to continue to push out a positive message.

For bookings contact Bramganja on Tel: (876) 952 8540, (876) 770 3734 or via email.

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