with Ashanti Selassie, Keithiopia

Herb 'N Organic Entertainment Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$40 / $100 VIP



Herb 'N Organic Entertainment Presents

Tuesday October 2, 2018


As one of Jamaica’s foremost Rastafarian reggae artists committed to delivering consciousness raising, uncompromising convictions through his music, I Wayne has fittingly named his third album for VP Records “Life Teachings”. “We are sharing life’s joys and messages, so that’s why we call the album “Life Teachings”, I Wayne explained. “Its an unlimited thing because I am working for life and will continue doing life works, that is what I Wayne is all about.” I Wayne built his reputation burning lyrical fire on a litany of societal ills from prostitution to child molestation to skin bleaching, although his dulcet, high-pitched vocals belie such thunderous denunciations. In 2005 I Wayne’s “Can’t Satisfy Her”, a gritty, cleverly told tale of a troubled young woman who began “strip dancing before she reached eleven,” was added into rotation on New York City’s influential hip-hop station Hot 97; the song reached no. 31 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

I Wayne is poised for similar success with this collection of blazing, contemporary reggae anthems due for an October release. I Wayne utilizes his penchant for detailed story telling and his haunting, exquisitely nuanced sing-jay vocals to impart various lessons throughout “Life Teachings”: he exalts Rastafari’s holy herb (“Herb Fi Legalize”), rejects materialism (“Wise and Fearless”), predicts the imminent downfall of Babylon (“Burn Down Soddom”), references the teachings of Marcus Garvey and Rastafarian deity Haile Selassie (“Change Them Ways”), rails against the violence associated with “Drug and Rum Vibes” and vociferously champions teaching the youths the truth on the title track.

Understanding the significance of creating a balance in life as well as in music, several songs on “Life Teachings” display a romantic sensitivity that offsets I Wayne’s otherwise blistering condemnations. “The Nile”, “Empress Divine”, “I Care For You” and “Life Service” each extol women who uphold natural livity (lifestyle). “Life Joy”, produced by Marcus “Icus” Deacon, is a hit bound, sultry R&B flavored duet featuring popular Jamaican songstress Etana. “I knew Etana could deal with the song in the way I would like, but she deal with it even irier than I thought,” I Wayne acknowledged. “I had to balance the masculine to feminine, to really make it sound irie and it’s more than just a joy, it’s a “Life Joy”.

Preserving the relevance of roots reggae’s proud musical traditions and lyrical integrity among a younger generation of fans is a primary objective within I Wayne’s work overall and on “Life Teachings” in particular. Twelve of “Life Teachings” fourteen tracks were produced by Patrick Z. Henry, who, along with Ronald “Sonny Spoon” Wright comprise Loyal Soldiers, I Wayne’s management team; intricately crafted, organic rhythms dominate, rife with rugged basslines and one-drop drumbeats punctuated by snappy horns and chiming keyboards, ingredients that have made roots reggae unparalleled in its influence throughout the world. “We decided we needed to make the music more rootical this time and produce our own thing,” explained I Wayne. “We went in the studio, the musicians made the riddim tracks and set the thing proper with a roots rock vibe for higher heights.” Some of Kingston’s finest players are featured here including percussionist Bongo Herman, drum and bass duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, keyboardist Ansel Collins, I Wayne’s uncle, who topped the UK Charts in 1971 with his (mostly) instrumental “Double Barrel”. The inspired interactions between guitarists Lamont Savory, Mitchum “Khan” Chin and Winston “Bopee” Bowen on “Do The Good” frame I Wayne’s simply stated sentiment to do all the good you can today.