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Masego continues to ‘study abroad’ while strengthening ties with J’can | Entertainment

He sings that he could “talk to himself in sacred places”, and in fact, this devil of a silver-tongued musician, who goes by the name of Masego, did just that with the collaboration with dancehall pop princess Shenseea, spitting out lyrics as softly as he played the saxophone.

He is part of the dynamic collective of musicians who, even though they migrated as children, still manage to connect with their ancestors, which in his interview, Masego explained, has always been the source of his experimentation. reggae and dancehall. genres.

“I still make music. I’m in tune with musicians and get along easily with them because we share a certain bond through music, and on my recent visit I was able to interact with live musicians in Kingston and Spanish Town . Everywhere in the world is my community. It’s that simple. There are also outliers in Jamaica, (so) I felt at home with that, and very welcome even though my patois isn’t a real fly or something. I’ve been working with Jamaican musicians since I was about 16, Masego explained.

But for the Virginia-raised virtuoso, returning to Jamaica wasn’t just about making connections, he said the gleaner, “I feel like it’s important to fill in that part of my story. My dad shared a lot of things he learned growing up in Waterhouse and around Kingston. His upbringing was definitely different from mine. As for where I was raised, it wasn’t about having to work but choosing to work…Jamaica and the United States is like night and day.

He added: “We had a photo shoot downtown where I watched men carpentry in the streets. I saw the market, and it [my father] used to tell me that my grandmother was in the same market selling everything from dresses to little trinkets. I don’t know, I guess you could describe the feeling as nostalgia.

SILVERTONGUE DEVIL

the Silver Tongue Devil the collaboration with Shenseea is on track to garner three million streams on Spotify, contributing to Masego’s more than six million monthly listeners, but the artist was nonchalant about it, as he said, “I don’t care the number of streams. It’s for my team, but YouTube is a big platform in Jamaica, so ultimately it should reflect who’s listening. I care about people tweeting and posting videos, dancing to the music,” noting that Jamaica is not a major streaming audience. The visuals, which premiered on YouTube on Thursday, October 29, with over 226,000 views and ranked in the top 10 trends for almost a month, hit 755,571 and 1.9 million. of views on its channels and those of Shenseea, respectively.

Masego shared, “Every musician should be on the path to undeniability, which means studying their craft at a very high level. I believe it will give you the best chance of fame, fortune, and discovery. I feel like if you get really undeniable to your craft music or your art, [or] whatever the study, whatever the resources available, your donation will make room for you”.

Masego released his To study abroad EP last month, sequel to 2018 debut album lady lady this positioned him on the map as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter and offered countless opportunities to tour across the seven seas to headline shows and work with a heterogeneous collective of producers and musicians – some of them descendants of Jamaicans or Jamaicans. Izybeats, first name Andron Cross who is responsible for Silver-tongued Devil, which is one of the six tracks on To study abroadis one such producer, and another emerging Jamaican-born producer is Jean-Andre Lowell Lawrence, better known as JLL, who worked on NavajoMasego’s second most streamed single, released around three years ago. Navajo received over 74 million streams according to the artist’s Spotify, but does not appear on the albums mentioned.

SOME DANCEHALL FAVORITES

Revealing that he had recently listened to 1970s reggae band The Congos’ Sinner record, Masego also named some dancehall favorites.

“When it comes to dancehall, there’s nothing that’s going to surprise you. I listen to Vybz Kartel and Dexta Daps…love it latest news piece, and I don’t even know what category you put that artist in,” he said. It is important to note that the music created by the “saxy” star is not classified in the reggae and dancehall category. And he doesn’t try to copy it either. Called traphouse jazz, it mixes several genres.

“Reggae music is very inviting. The artists or creators of the genre want you to sing along to it, with the call and response nature of it. It’s a big part of my performance style and it’s also in some of my songs. For me, it’s about the approach and the energy of dancehall music. It’s also an element of some of my songs,” Masego noted.

“I feel like if people listen to my whole discography, it will answer all the questions they have about me,” he continued, adding that “there’s no mystery for me. At least I don’t think so. I just make music about what I know.

Working with several Jamaican artists and producers since making his name in the business has been a musical rite of passage for Masego, and he looks to work with many more as he expands his catalog and, finally, its scope.

“I’ve done a lot of music with Protoje, tried to get in with Chronixx, and I’ve always enjoyed working with a lot of musicians in Jamaica, as I said before. So there’s bound to be a lot more. I may be back after the pandemic as I would like it to be a smooth trip. In the meantime, people can continue to ‘study abroad’ until they have had enough,” said he declared.

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