The singer and songwriter of reggae music known as Judah Metaphysic XVI has released his latest LP record album, “Tell Me Why.” It contains 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes.The record has been proudly published on the Mind Music Production independent record label, entirely without financial or managerial support from the corporate music industry. Brimming with heart and soul, and pulsing with warmth, spirit and righteousness, “Tell Me Why” is a reggae record coming from the true roots of the traditional sound.
Judah Metaphysic XVI cites as main artistic influences such legends of the roots scene as Bagga Judah, Jackie Mittoo, Pablo Black, Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, and many more. He also considers musicians from other genres as important to his sonic creativity, musicians like John Lennon and the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Celine Dion and Julie Andrews. The upshot of all this music is that Judah Metaphysic XVI has a well-rounded, top-shelf style of reggae with a highly polished production and a raw, natural tone.
Speaking of the aims of his new record, Judah Metaphysic writes, “After many sessions of making feel-good music, we have created an album that we are proud to present to our listening audience and our ever-loyal fans. 'Tell Me Why' will capture your imagination and ears with rapture and rhapsody that will lift your spirit and warm your heart.”
Judah Metaphysic XVI was born in Kingston, Jamaica as the youngest of five children. His father having been killed as a result of political unrest, Judah was raised by his mother from a very young age.
“I was saddened and I felt helpless,” he writes of this. “But despite all the challenges that I faced, I always had a love for music.”
He found a broken guitar and glued it together. It had four strings. He took it to 12 Tribe Headquarters (of the Rastafari movement) where it was tuned by Bagga Judah himself.
“I started to rehearse with Sangi Davis and Nipty Napty,” writes the singer. “I began to hone my singing skills with the 12-Tribe band. Rehearsal was moved to Bob Marley's home. After several rehearsals Bob Marley identified me as being ready for the 12 Tribe Show.
Judah came to California on tour with the band in 1982.
“I decided to settle down in the United States and to start a family. In 1984 I started to perform with the Jubenites group of the 12 Tribes. Many reggae shows took place with this group. I performed with several musicians namely: Sister Carol, Ninja Man, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, and many other local artists. I also performed alongside the Steel Pulse band and Visionaire.”
Judah's life has been based and founded on music, particularly in the form of roots reggae.
“I always hear a song in just about everything I do. Without music I could not survive. I can distinctly remember all the song that healed me when I was in a moment of mental anguish.”
The following is taken directly from Judah Metaphysic XVI, himself.
“Music is the very essence that builds me up. I can hear the sound of music vibrating in my head. I often vibrate these rhythms in my music like that of a mocking bird making musical beats. Writing and singing music is like indulging in a cooking exercise. I used this metaphor of someone cooking a special dish because one has to put in special ingredient to bring out a special flavor.
“Music is a life force. The very tone of the music is life. The message of my music is for my fans to embrace the love of all human beings. They should cast away all fear, keeping in mind the adage: why gain the world and lose your soul? Realize that there will always be a brighter day. My hope is that peace and forgiveness will preside. Stop pointing your fingers to lay the blame on others and look into yourself and behold the inner beauty of your courage and forthrightness. One Love and Jah Bless.”
“Tell Me Why” by Judah Metaphysic XVI is available online worldwide.
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