Positive Contemplation Blackout JA & Luciano

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Blackout JA & Luciano - Positive Contemplation
Blackout JA & Luciano - Positive Contemplation

Blackout JA adds his rich vocals and lyrical toasting to Wilkswood Reggae 2018 as he brings a rich musical heritage to the Dorset countryside. Born in Portland, Jamaica, Christopher Hendricks grew up in a musical household; his mother sang on the church choir and his father played a sound system called Universe, from Portland. After winning many local DJ competitions, Blackout JA moved to Kingston, where he was spotted by local producer Collin Fat who produced his first single, “Question Man’. He then worked with other producers like Sly and Robbie, Castro Brown, Steven Stanley, Heavy D, Gussie Clarke and Sky High who recorded his first LP, ‘Blackout’.

Since moving to the UK, Blackout JA has worked with General Lee who became both his mentor and producer. He has performed at some of the major UK festivals like Boom Town, Shambala, Nothing Hill Carnival, St Pauls Carnival and One Love Festival and has worked alongside the legendary Ranking Joe, Big Youth, Tappa Zuki, Buju Banton, Freddy McGregor, Culture, Mighty Diamond, Sean Paul, Bounty Killa, Alpha Blonde and Daddy Freddy.

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The sound of Reggae is widely recognised because of its acoustically formed bass and drum downbeat, and its offbeat rhythm section. With such a diversity in style it is also considered complex enough to attract progressively minded musicians. A music that has a strong association with dance covering a variety of styles while also offering a background beat for those sharing Biblical chants of Zion. It is hard to ignore Reggae’s influence and how it interacts with our day-to-day lives. Shared as background music for films and advertising driving its heavy bass lines literally felt wherever rock and pop are played. Reggae has an affinity with mainstream British pop; recognised within the hip-hop culture and considered “cool” by those with no connection to Jamaica. As lovers of reggae my aim is to build a community of reggae followers that can share thoughts, news, events as listeners, artists, DJ’s and hosts.