REGGAE HISTORY MADE: MISTA MAJAH P FIRST JAMAICAN REGGAE ARTIST TO RELEASE PRO GAY 13-TRACK REGGAE ALBUM
Mista Majah P has just released his new reggae album, marking a huge step in the career of the multi-talented singer-songwriter. The lyrical focus of the album is to liberate the homophobic and celebrate the LGBT (lesbian gay bi-sexual transgender) experience. The release of this album will hopefully build his fan base and get his music heard by more people than ever, especially in his native home of Jamaica.
The CD, ‘Tolerance’, consists of 11 original songs, each providing a combination of his melodious vocals and heartfelt lyrics. The rhythmic undercurrent bears treatment to roots-reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, pop and r&b.
The album was recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered at Shaolin Studio in Hayward California and all songs are written, performed and produced by Majah P. The theme of the album underlies the changes he has gone through in recent years with marriage, a new son and becoming an American citizen. It was these changes of status that allowed him this opportunity to explore, through his music, the experience of all who have suffered hate, intolerance, discrimination and bullying because of their sexual orientation.
‘Tolerance’ reveals raw lyrical emotions, pulsating drum-and-base reggae rifts, plus the stunning array of influences that have found their way into his music. He was already soaked with the red gold and green roots of reggae music when he migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1982 and carried with him the new sound ‘Reggae DanceHall Roots”, which he unleashed on the Canadian reggae music scene. He was nominated 10 times for the Canadian Reggae Music Award, winning on four occasions, including ‘Entertainer of the Year’ in 1997. He has performed all over the USA, Canada, Jamaica and England and brings to the live stage his special brand of total entertainment.
Also an accomplished actor, Mista Majah P has appeared in three feature films including the highly acclaimed “Cop and a Bad Man” performing on screen and writing and performing one of the sound tracks. He has appeared in over ten music videos and released over 12 music CDs.
He does not shy away from including political references in his music; this can be deduced from the samples of his songs in ‘Tolerance’, which include sound bites and excerpts from news broadcasts relating to homophobia.
With the release of ‘Tolerance’, Majah P has broken new ground by taking on the cultural intolerance of a section of his native Jamaican society, and the LGBT rights debates in the halls of the US Congress.