Yes I. Blessed Love. I was born in Zurich and grew up in Guadeloupe and Switzerland. That really made my home multi cultural as you can say. I grow with my mom, dad and Sister and music was always very present. Also Everything that includes Rastafari I and African culture, African music and food of course. My father is a musician that always teached me about music and always let me be a part of his musical journey. I always loved music and played instruments, sing and loved to spend my time in sound-checks before shows to see how the show is set up. Watch the show's from the engineer table to see what the engineer is mixing. Things like that are my childhood memories.
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By the time you were 14 years old, you were known as a talented singer and writer of Reggae, Dancehall, Jazz and other genres. How did that diversity come about?
Growing in the 80's and 90's as a youth makes you automatically a part of what they call the MTV Generation. hahaha!! The first music in my house is like I said reggae music, and African music but also American RnB, Hip Hop, Jazz even rock music. I heard everything and always loved the different styles of music. I play drum too, so it's Interesting for me to play a lot of different music.
Since your debut single, Forward was in 2005, you emerged as a reputable Reggae act, releasing several noteworthy singles later culminating in your 2008 debut album. How much did this boost your career?
I think my first album "Lyrical Faya" where forward was a part of what helped me very much. It helped me in the sense of making Cali P be know to real music lovers. It was not a commercially successful album although it sold more copies than a lot of big artists sell right now!!! I still perform songs from this album today ...And sometimes people inna Jamaica get to hear some of these songs and say wow. Brand New Cali P. hahaha
Where do you get your inspiration for your songs?
My inspiration comes from everyday living, experiencing life you know, all good and bad. All the love and my faith to the ''Most high Jah Rastafari I.''
''My Inspiration is life''
With your multicultural upbringing and an obvious love for African and the Rastafari Movement, how much has your music been able to translate so well with so many different cultures?
Music is a riddim. My culture is very huuuge so there is much things to tell the world. Africa is most royal so there is sooo much to talk about. Apart from music I always stay real to myself and that makes it possible for me to represent and stand up in all genres of music because i don't need to change my personality to change a music style. U know what i mean?
''I keep my roots fire everywhere i go''
Is there a preferred genre that you feel most comfortable with?
I love reggae music because it makes me meditate and relax. But really and truly i love all kinds of music. So when the music talks to me and i catch the vibe then i'm good to go. I love music very much
In 2012, you’ve become a household name, performing across various continents and on stage shows such as Rebel Salute while releasing hits like Jah Rule The World and Free. Do you feel that you’ve reached your desired level on the mainstream level?
Mainstream level is a big word. I think i have succeed to show the world that I can work on the same level and quality like any mainstream successful artist. Wether it is in recording or stage show. But i don't feel like i had a mainstream break through yet with my music. This can happen anytime thought. It's the people who will choose this. But i am happy how my work is developing and i hope to make many more steps in the music in order to uplift the whole Reggae/Dancehall Movement. Worldwide!!!
What projects and stage shows can we look forward to seeing you on in the near future?
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