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Garnet Silk Interview with MPeggyQ Highlighted in Jamaica Observer

By Howard Campbell, Observer Senior Writer

The Jamaica Observer continues its 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. This month marks 20 years since his death.

M. Peggy Quattro did not know what to expect when she arrived in Kingston to interview reggae star Garnet Silk for her Reggae Report magazine in February 1994.

The last time she saw the singer was five months earlier. He was being helped off the stage at a New York City nightclub, unable to complete a show due to what doctors later diagnosed as exhaustion.

He had not performed in concert since.

When Quattro showed up at Silk’s home in the St Andrew hills, his mood was completely different.

garnet silk with publisher m peggy quattro
Garnet Silk shares his life and family with publisher MPeggyQ in Feb 1994.

The last time she saw the singer was five months earlier. He was being helped off the stage at a New York City nightclub, unable to complete a show due to what doctors later diagnosed as exhaustion.

He had not performed in concert since.

When Quattro showed up at Silk’s home in the St Andrew hills, his mood was completely different.

“He was gracious, he was funny. He was just being himself,” Quattro told the Sunday Observer.

The Ohio-born Quattro spent most of the day with the Rastafarian artiste, who she said was prepared to discuss everything. Even rumours that his absence from the music scene was his addiction to hard drugs.

“He told me why he was not on a lot of shows and spoke about the drug stories. He said every man has faults but his wasn’t drugs,” she recalled.

Quattro and Zap Pow bassist Michael Williams started Reggae Report in 1983. It grew from a small newsletter into a monthly glossy that was, arguably, the biggest source for Jamaican music news in the 1990s.

Getting the Silk interview was a coup. He kept a low profile and had not done any interviews since the New York club breakdown.

He enjoyed an outstanding 1993 when he recorded a string of hits. He moved from a dancehall artiste to doing overseas dates in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and the Caribbean.

Quattro said talk of cocaine use was still doing the rounds when they met. She didn’t believe it.

“Personally, I couldn’t imagine him on cocaine. He was all about Rasta,” she said.

At Silk’s home that day were his partner, Novlyn ‘Lovie’ Banton, some of his children and close friends, including dub poet and mentor Yasus Afari.

“What struck me was how real he was, there was nothing pretentious about him. You could see he loved his wife, he loved his children and his friends,” Quattro related.

Along with Afari and deejay Tony Rebel, Garnet Silk ushered in a new day for dancehall/reggae in the early 1990s. The genre had been dominated by controversial acts like Shabba Ranks and Ninja Man whose risqué and violent songs ruled the roost.

Silk came to the fore with a succession of culturally strong songs that won many youth over. Zion in a Vision, Nothing Shall Divide Us, Lion Heart, and Bless Me (Mighty Jah Jah) were some of the tracks that established him as a bona fide star.

Quattro believes he had the goods to go all the way, just like Bob Marley.

“With the right management and guidance, he could have been the next messenger,” she said.

He never realised that lofty mission. Silk and his mother died in a fire at her home in Hatfield district, Manchester, on December 9, 1994. He was 28 years old.

M. Peggy Quattro ended the print edition of Reggae Report in 1998. The following year, she launched the ReggaeReport.com website and has plans to establish the Reggae Report Archive, an online operation that revisits the publication’s vast catalogue of stories and photographs.

Read full issue at http://issuu.com/reggaereport/docs/reggae_report_vol_12_no._2_1994_gar/1

Limited hard copies available – email mpq@reggaereport.com

ONE Caribbean Music Fest Makes South Florida Debut

ONE Caribbean Music Festival Debuts in Ft. Lauderdale!
ONE Caribbean Music Festival Debuts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida! 

Broward 100 welcomes the inaugural ONE Caribbean Music Festival as part of its centennial activities. This star-studded event will feature multicultural cuisine, sounds and fusion of Reggae, Kompa, Salsa, Jazz, and Soca at Central Broward Regional Park, Dec. 13 & 14, 2014

Music, art, and Caribbean cuisine will provide an assortment of multicultural delights as world-class talent takes center stage at the ONE Caribbean Music Festival, Dec. 13 & 14, 2014, inside the Central Broward Regional Park. Recognizing the season of giving, patrons are encouraged donate one new, safe, unwrapped toy to the ONE Toy Drive, benefiting Angels of Hope children’s homes throughout the Caribbean.

Presented by Art of Music Productions, the award-winning team has produced Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival for the past 18 years. In addition, they have contributed to some of the finest Caribbean music festivals, including the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Turks & Caicos Music & Cultural Festival, and St Kitts Music Festival. Plans are to bring a swanky and sophisticated festival, delivering a musical genre for every taste – from Reggae, R&B, and Latin, to Kompa, Caribbean Jazz, and more.

The event’s title sponsor is Scotchies, Jamaica’s premier purveyor of authentic Jerk cuisine. Scotchies’ Village will offer their signature succulent jerk chicken, fish, pork, roast yam, festival and more.

This year’s event will feature Grammy® winner and Jamaican superstar Sean Paul. Having sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, the Dancehall DJ has become the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts. His most recent number one single and collaboration with Enrique Iglesias, “Bailando,” has garnered much success, reaching #1 on various charts in 35 countries including Belgium, Finland, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, and the Latin-based charts in the U.S. Also on stage will be the UK’s most well known Lovers Rock singer Maxi Priest, along with Jamaica’s Richie Stephens, Peter Lloyd, and the Queen of Reggae Marcia Griffiths, who will be honored for her 50 years of singing and performing.

The driving sounds of Kompa will be showcased by award-winning Haitian duo T-Vice, whose musical influences – Reggae, Merengue, Flamenco, Rock-n-Roll and modern synthesizing – have revolutionized the genre and made them one of today’s most innovative duos. Also from Haiti, the acclaimed group, Tabou Combo, will also be on hand to light up the stage.

Ragga Soca King, Bunji Garlin is representing Trinidad & Tobago. Known as the Lyrics King, his high-energy performances include a blend of Soca and Dancehall. Coming from a lineage of Soca royalty, his wife Fay-Ann Lyons will join him to perform their numerous award-winning hits “Catch Me,” “That is Carnival,” “Truck on D Road,” “Differentology,” and “Carnival Tabanca.”

Latin Grammy® winning Jazz flautist Nestor Torres has enjoyed a career that has taken him around the world and collaborations with Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Kenny Loggins, Tito Puente, and Gloria Estefan, among others. Barbados’s celebrated Jazz saxist Arturo Tappin is set to join Torres for a memorable performance.

ONE Caribbean Music Festival’s mission is to recognize and celebrate the diversity of Caribbean people in Broward County, and the ONEness of culture through food, art, crafts, and music. Attendees can expect a safe, secure, fun, family-friendly environment with first class entertainment, services and facilities. ONE Caribbean – come share the vibes!

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