Local artistes should compose conscious lyrics – Luciano

Reggae artist Luciano has advised local musicians, particularly those who favor reggae music, to be conscious in their lyrics and sing about what is happening around them instead of attempting to follow the Jamaican trend.

Speaking at a meeting with the press last evening the reggae legend said originality is the best way to go. He further suggests that artistes use the mediums most readily available to them to market their product and step away from reliability on promoters and managers to get their message out.

Luciano will headline tonight’s opening of the 14th World Creole Music Festival at the Windsor Park stadium.

He paves the way for others like Jah Cure, Steel Pulse and several renowned zouk, compas and soca artistes from around the Caribbean, Europe and Dominica.

The festival runs through to Sunday.

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26 Comments

  1. coolrunnings i&i love D A
    November 7, 2010

    Dominica musician & artis sing to the ALMIGHT JAH tell JAH whats going on in the world & around.

  2. KOKAY THERE
    November 1, 2010

    @Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity: i agree with you, some of them saying dancehall they like. They singing like jamaicans stupzzz does upset me

  3. PAPA D
    November 1, 2010

    IT’S THE QUALITY OF YOUR LYRICAL CONTENT THAT WILL ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR MUSIC INTERNATIONALLY. LUCIANO KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT.

  4. sando
    November 1, 2010

    @Anonymous: Souse has been the number one mashup tune in Miami Carnival,St/Lucia Carnival,St.Vincent Carnival,Antigua Carnival,Toronto Caribana and New york Labor day weekend. This year and last year. So i think this shows that Our music does have a bit of regional support. It’s just that we don’t promote it well enough. Lyrics is a must Dominica have sooooooo many musicians and bands but no singers.. I mean no real good vocal leaders at all!! lol it is strange St.Lucia have Artists but wack bands Dominica has Bands but wack Artists lol.. No one goes to a fete for the artist we go for the band as a unit. It’s a beautiful thing. But we should take time to develop artists at home! we have the music and riddim on lock now we just need ppl to take the time to get vocal coaching and learn how to hold some notes. all that chant and shouting good u know but at times we need some vocals man. Sewo Island the land of 360 bands. Large up!

  5. sando
    November 1, 2010

    @DOMINICA MAN IN ATLANTA: Just like in St.Lucia they have the Jazz festival. They always bring in Hip hop and Reggae bands. What creole bands St.Lucia have that are internationally known that will pull a crowd? Not even in St.Lucia they can pull a good size crowd with their creole bands. I have been to a few gigs down there and it wasn’t anything. However I see what you are saying though. Maybe one day the comity will get it right and find ppl who actually know what they are doing when findings acts for the event. Every music festival in this world has some other music genre iin the mix. This is nothing new!.

  6. sando
    November 1, 2010

    @Fond st. Jean/ Bagatelle.: Umm mr fountain had been performing in Dominica. Alooot of time well mostly back in the Day when he was starting to blow up. If you want to see more of him ask the organizers of shows. You cant ask him lol. Remember this is his living he gets booked to other countries to perform

  7. Fond st. Jean/ Bagatelle.
    November 1, 2010

    @ Anonymous, Nasio is not trying to sound like Bob Marley, we all know that this is a big shoe to fit in, so when you are making your comment make sure it is based on facts. My only problem with Nasio is that he should spend more time in his country to give Dominicans a chance to familiar themselves with his music. Remember that time he sang in Creole in the park? i really enjoyed that and i’m sure alot of people that wasn’t familiar with his music saw how talented he was. We Dominicans are to fast with with our negative comments and support our local artist. There are so many Dominicans that are talented and that just go to waste, something needs to be done about that.
    BIG UP TO THE SOUTH!!!!

  8. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    October 31, 2010

    @DOMINICA MAN IN ATLANTA:

    I endorse that. It is a “Creole Festival” which should be restricted to the West Indian/Caribbean countries whose nationals speak Creole.
    I have taken good note of this. Through the years Jamaicans and Trinidadians think they are better than the smaller islands. Trinidadians because of their lavish costumes place their carnival celebration above the other smaller islands celebration as if they are the only ones who have carnival and better celebrations and that it orginated primarily form Trinidad.
    I do know some Jamaicans and Trinidadians and do not wish to exercise discrimination but I do remind some people that in bygone years to probably today (the latter if I am not mistaken), Trinidadians did not get two-day holidays on the carnival Monday and Tuesday. They had the joue ouvret which I also attended. I would think that some of them took time off to celebrate carnival. I am aware of that because I have visited Trinidad at their carnival time. I do not have any interest to re-visit there at such a time. Give me Dominican Carnival celebrations any day.
    Jamaicans speak a broken English which they call “patois”. It is not the same as French “Creole/Patois”. It is poor English.
    It is only a few years ago that Jamaica commenced having carnival celebrations. We must consider that these countries are more populated than the smaller islands and will produce many musicians as some people as themselves view it as a financially good career. What with Jamaica reggae.
    Dominican artists/musicians must strive to be local and natural and not immitate Jamaican artists or Trinidadians.
    What Dominican artists need are some good promoters and managers.
    When we think of Swinging Stars and others, their music is none to compare. Therefore, Dominican artists/musicians do your best and acquire some good promoters and managers to assist you. Do not be coycats of those nationals. You can excel and greater than those artists in Trinidad and Jamaica. I am all for being uniquely local. May you succeed accordingly.

  9. mannn
    October 31, 2010

    yah and tell those fellas in Dominica like the last padna who commented to stop tryna talk like they from Jamaica, they come off so fake, Jamaican all you wanna be… pathetic

  10. mac thomas
    October 31, 2010

    Him wah tell dem, dem mus sing bout de direction DA is heading. sing bout de Crime,de drugs and the killings. how life so hard we have to emmigrate to make a living. police relax dem nah do nothing. all de politisions just hot air they blowing. always calling on god after they finish sinning. obia man on saturday. church sunday morning, I know what he means Da people cant sing jamaican slangs it sounds funny stick to cadance and zouk. and another thing i dont see why we have to have all those fail stars coming to perform in dominica. they only come when they cant go anywhere else let the creole fes be only zouk and similar music

  11. Jayson
    October 30, 2010

    The earlier years of WCK were really original and entertaining. What happened?

  12. DOMINICA MAN IN ATLANTA
    October 30, 2010

    ONLY THE FRENCH COUNTRIES SUPPORT OUR MUSIC AND ST.LUCIA,AND THEY ARE THE COUNTRIES JUMP IN THE FERRY COMES DOMINCA SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL.I HAVE’NT HEARD A ST.LUCIA GROUP IN LINE UP FOR WORLD CEOLE FESTIVAL IS A SHAME ,I WILL NEVER SUPPORT WORLD CREOLE FESTIVAL,WHY THEY SHOULD’NT INCLUDED REAGGAE ARTIST,REAGGAE IS NOT PART OUR CULTURE,WE JUST IMITATING,SO HE SHOULD’,NT BE IN LINE UP FOR WORLD CREOLE FESTIVAL,SO THIS STATEMENT HE JUST READ THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD CREOLE FESTIVAL COMMUNITY.SHAME SHAME SHAME.

  13. well said
    October 30, 2010

    Well said Luciano. Let them follow jamaican style still because a lot of the so called conscious jamaicans are fake. Buju ….drug charges (cociane) Jah cure… jail for rape. Conscious my….

  14. GRANDBAY MAN LIVING OVER SEAS
    October 30, 2010

    This is Good advise for the Dominica Musicians. Well saiid.
    Garford

  15. ROOTSMAN
    October 29, 2010

    true vybz my luciano i ck,kkk an the rest

  16. Tyhee
    October 29, 2010

    Jah Messanger…Luciano..Totally Agree With You…

  17. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010

    @Bumble Bee: so agree with that Luciano. WE in Dominica still don’t realize we are unique in our way there is not need to copy any other! Like Nasio.. he don’t need to be BOB MARLEY.. he need to sound like himself and stop tryna sound like Bob.

  18. Watcher
    October 29, 2010

    @soufriere lady in the uk: Is Luciano Pato – Alfred Lewis? Need some clarification.

  19. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010

    We in da always think we are the best. why would jamaican artists copy our lyrics. down in your sous and wood them? we must admit we do not produce internationla standard lyrics in our genre of music. the only artists who since good lyrics are our reggae artists a la aima, atunya, caribbean vibes, natural vibes etc. what luciano is saying makes sense. reggae music has put jamrock on the world map .” how can a big music come from a little rock.” we need more conscious and original lyrics in the jamaican mold and maybe we in turn can broaden our impact on the world as little as it may be.

  20. FIRE
    October 29, 2010

    HE SAID SING ABOUT THE THINGS HAPPENING AROUND US.NOW,YOUTHS STEP UP AND BUN DEM.

  21. soufriere lady in the uk
    October 29, 2010

    good luck to all special mention of my brother Alfred Lewis AKA PATO am wishing u all the best bro make soufriere proud

  22. Bumble Bee
    October 29, 2010

    True dat Luciano.Too like to copy other’s music. Be original.

  23. anonymous
    October 29, 2010

    he should not even be in the line up goood for u all

  24. nature
    October 29, 2010

    i agree 100 % with luciano

  25. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    October 29, 2010

    Keep it local! Why should Dominican musicians copy Jamaican reggae? Do Jamaican musicians copy Dominican lyrics?
    Dominican musicians stick with your own local songs and tunes which are unique. I am confident that you can be the best.

  26. ras Iwa
    October 29, 2010

    Originality is the key…as spoken by the greats…big-up Luciano..!!!

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