Jah Device shines with Ray of Light

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Jah Device shines with Ray of Light

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Even while recording his EP, Ray of Light, Nigerian singer Jah Device eyed Jamaica as one of the destinations he would like to promote it once released. Two months after its release in September, he made it to Kingston where he did two shows.

Jah Device's visit was sponsored by the his home state of Plateau, which is trying to foster a cultural exchange with Jamaica.

Ray of Lightis his second mini set, followingDevice The EP, which came out in 2016. Both are produced by British independent company Stingray Records.

“The Ray of LightEP was released in the UK but Jamaica is the right place to come and get some endorsement. I thought I would come here and promote it because my friend Natty King and others heard the songs and loved it,” Jah Device told theJamaica Observer.

On November 30, he performed at WelloFest, a show promoted by Natty King in east Kingston. Last Monday, Jah Device was headliner for a show at Kingston 10 Sports Bar And Grill.

Ray of Lightincludes the songShips of Tarshish, a collaboration with Natty King, best known for the 2003 hit songNo Guns to Town.

Jah Device (Vincent Kaweng Nyam) is from Plateau, the 12thlargest state in Nigeria. Though he has been performing throughout his homeland for almost 30 years, his reggae career gathered steam in the last eight years when he linked with British producers Stevie P and Peter Hunnigale to record the songsYou And IandIt's Gonna be Alright, respectively.

Strongly influenced by Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and compatriot Majek Fashek, much of his pre-reggae recordings were done to the Afrobeat sound made famous by firebrand Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Jah Device is not drawn to the more commercial Afrobeats which is popular with young Nigerians.

“Everybody listens to Afrobeats, it's on the radio, they're pushing it down our throats. But for the real people, they prefer Afrobeats what Fela does; if you party hard, they listen to Afrobeats,” he explained.

Howard Campbell


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