02 May 2015

Jamaica #2: Burning hot music

Today Jamaica gets its second feature post. Not many countries have multiple feature posts in my blog (I think only just two before this), so at this point it feels a bit special to me whenever some country has its second post. Here is the first post about Jamaican music.

Wikipedia: Jamaica

I tend to get a bit carried away while looking for music from certain countries. Like ie. while I was planning for the first Jamaican post, I found also some music I wanted to feature in the second post. Now that I was finishing up planning for this post, I came up with even more Jamaican songs that I want to blog about, enough for two more blog posts already. This keeps happening with other countries too, which proves that there is lots of great music all around the world; You just need to find.

But Jamaica now...

In my previous I featured the Jamaican sister duo Brick & Lace and solo music from one of the two members, Nyanda. The song above is from the other one of the sisters, Nyla. Nyla, whose real name is Nailah Thorbourne, is the vocalist of Brick & Lace. I already introduced the band and the members in my previous post, so I am not gonna repeat things now. Plus, since Nyla does not have a website or a Wikipedia page, I do not have all that much interesting solo information on her.

Nyla's single Stand Up was released 2013. I have to admit that I originally did not get into Nyla's music at all, not even this song. But then the day after posting my previous Jamaican post, this song suddenly got stuck into my head and I listened to it again and that time I liked it a lot. I suppose it is that kind of song that need some time. I really wanted to feature it in my blog now that I liked it, but since I already had posted the Brick & Lace post, I had to leave it until later (meaning today).

I am bad with genres, but I would assume it is R&B and reggae like Brick & Lace's music. The song is super-catchy with its repetitive chorus and catchy beat. The lyrics are a bit common, but the music has some very interesting elements. Overall I find this very fun to listen to.

I do not know on which album this was released on, so I can not tell that. So, let's move on now, before all my Jamaica post will be about Brick & Lace.

Sean Kingston. His name is quite famous around the world and I believe he is one of the most successful current Jamaican artists. He became active in music already in 2004 when he was just 14 years old. His debut single, Beautiful Girls, in 2007 hit number one in multiple countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, meaning the song was number one on three different continents. He has had success after his debut too and he has worked with some of the biggest names in American music industry right now.

Sean's single Fire Burning was released in 2009 and it is within the top most successful of his songs. As you can tell from the beginning, it was produced by one of the most successful producers of the day: RedOne. Fire Burning is a electropop dance song. Many of Sean's songs are reggae fusion (it is hard to find a Jamaican artist who does not do reggae music), so this one is a bit different.

I am not very into his music, to be honest. When his name came up (almost immediately) while I was looking for Jamaican music late last year, I decided to give it a go. I honestly did not like much of the first songs I listened to; though they were definitely not bad, just not for me. Then I listened to Fire Burning and really loved it. It is so catchy and fun. It makes me want to dance and I hate dancing. It is quite powerful music-wise and even though I have listened to it many many times, I have not got bored, quite the opposite actually. It is a very good piece of electropop.

Fire Burning was released on Sean Kingston's 2009 album Tomorrow.

Last up is two songs from a singer called CéCile (I have also seen her name written as Ce'Cile and CeCile). According to Wikipedia, CéCile is one of the best known current dancehall artists. If reggae is the number one genre in Jamaica, then dancehall is the second (the roots of this music style are in Jamaica, but is has spreads beyond its homeland). CéCile has already a long career behind her, with her first album released in 2008. She has worked together with many famous Jamaican singers, including Sean Paul and Carl Henry.

CéCile's single Hot Like We was released on 2004. I always say that I am not embarrassed to admit I like something, but honestly this song almost got me: It is that kind of song that I would like to hate, but for some mysterious reasons it manages to make me like it. And it is hard not to listen to this.

The song is über-catchy and dancy. The lyrics are quite silly, but I suppose that is part of the fun of the song. Because that is what this song is: fun. I do not think that this song is meant to be taken seriously, but instead it is a very funny song and makes you smile. And dance. A lit bit of silliness of always welcome.

The other song from CéCile is called When You're Gone. [In the video towards the end the song switches into another song called Missing You, which is nice too.] The song was released in 2011. The other songs from this post are quite strong dance songs, so this is a nice switch to lighter songs. I am not sure if this is exactly a ballad, but a slower song at least.

When You're Gone has some interesting lyrics. The singer's boyfriend has other woman, but the singer wants to keep him even if it means sharing him. It hurts her, but being with him is too good. I myself would not agree with the lyrics, but it is an interesting story. You do not usually find this kind of theme from songs and I always respect originality of the lyrics.

The music is nice and even though it is slower, it is catchy. CéCile has an interesting voice, which sounds great in this kind of song. It sounds beautiful music- and vocals-wise, and the lyrics give it an interesting twist. It is a really great and surprising song.

Hot Like We is from CéCile's 2004 album Bad Gyal and When You're Gone from her 2011 album Jamaicanization.

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