- Magazin: Artists - Morgan Heritage & L.M.S. Interview

Morgan Heritage & L.M.S. Interview
(Berlin, den 23.03.2000)

Morgan Heritage


am tag des konzerts im berliner pfefferberg treffen wir morgan heritage & lms im kreuzberger tonstudio trixx. anstelle eines gespraeches in einem chilligen hotelzimmer wird unser interview zwischen dubplates voicen und soundcheck geschoben. so gewaehrt uns denroy morgan, stammesoberhaupt des heritage-klans und 29facher vater, etwa 20 min. mit der morgan-family. das interview fuehrten wir gemeinsam mit dem hiphop/dancehall magazin mkzwo. die fragen wurden im wechsel von done (Sound Everest) fuer und von jan fuer mkzwo gestellt.

  • tell us about denroy morgan...
  • yeah well, denroy that's our father, you know what i mean? and as you know... and here he is too... yeah, he is our papa, you know, and the foundation of the music within the family started from him. he has been the root, yeah, and through him we have also been inspired to do music, carrying this vibration, this message that he has tought us the whole livity the whole foundation of life, which is the spirit of jah and show us the fullness of the manifestation of christ from that time to this time, you know, and god manifesting in flesh. so, our father, denroy morgan, is the anchor in the mids of everything we do, you know, if he's there or not. if we're on road and he is in jamaica or, you know, also he represents the business aspect of the whole morgan heritage movement and morgan heritage family movement because he is our manager. he takes care of everything, you know. so, it's a very important aspect to the whole movement.
  • when did his influence start? denroy left jamaica, coming back, but where have you been all the time, because...
  • we are born in america. he is from jamaica and when he moves to america... some of our oldest sibblings are born in jamaica, but all who are in music are born in america.
  • so how was his influence? denroy was not always with you in america?
  • yeah man, our father raised us, you know, we all grow together with our moms... and paps always beeing there.
  • alright, what i understood was he left and come back. i thought he come back to you.
  • he left jamaica move to america and then he moved back to jamaica after most of his children finished school. and when we all finished high school he moved back to jamaica in 1995.
  • denroy said: 'i come with a message and with a culture, and i need a team around me which are my children. but i had to wait on them.' when denroy could stop wait? when you were ready?
  • he had to wait for us to grow up and ensure within the whole aspect of life, you know, and in the aspect of music, aspect of consciousness. and when he saw that we are ready, ready to take the world on, we do what jah say.
  • was it his idea to have two bands? morgan heritage and lms?
  • is his idea for his children to do whatever they want to do as long as it's positive, you know. and he is there to support his children in everything, but it was morgan heritage growing up and in the past couple of years lms used to be called the dreadz, which was just lazer and shy-poo and a couple of years ago we realized that our sister could sing and then, you know, the idea came between paps and morgan heritage and we say: let's make them a group. and so you got lms.
  • how is the relationship between morgan heritage and lms? is there something like rivalry between brothers and sisters?
  • well, this is just one vibes. it's love. one livity. i mean, what happens in family is this: it depends on how you raised, because you may have a family of brothers and they can't get along, they fight, they are enemies, you know, and then you may have a family of brothers and sisters and they are the greatest thing to themselves, you know, they are loving. that's morgan heritage and lms. it's not about rivalry or competition or whatsoever. it's about helping each other to achieve this oneness, you know, to inspire the world through music, you know, in a positive life. teach the world about the spirit of jah and his manifestation in the mids of humanity, you know. so lms and morgan heritage is two groups but we are still one.
  • how does songwriting work? is there someone specialized in composings or putting up a drumset, writing lyrics?
  • it comes from... the inspiration comes in many different ways. but the inspiration most of all comes from the creator. sometimes it might be brother peter that might come up with a song concept or even a melody or gromps even come with some melodies and we just always come together. it happens same way for morgan heritage and lms. it might be lazer come up with a concept or one line and we just come together and put two and two together and we just complete it.
  • so it is not divided in special areas: one do the melody the next one the riddim...
  • it happens in many different ways even though lukie play guitar or memo play percussion and gramps play keyboards and peter sing. sometimes gramps might come with a bassline and peter might come with the cords and mojo might come with the guitar. it comes in many different ways and everybody is versatile in carrying different ideas to the table.
  • after growing up in america would you say you are more influenced by international music than if growing up in jamaica where you probably get more caribean style music?
  • a lot of foreign music is played in jamaica, you know. all musical aspects you find in jamaica. you find rock music, pop music, r'n'b music, hip hip music, reggae music, dancehall music, soca music. all of that's in jamaica, but reggae music and dancehall music is birth out of jamaica so as ska music, rocksteady, you know, mento and all those...
  • repatriation and a life in africa is theme of a lot of your songs. have you been to africa? what kind of experience have you made in africa? how was the response of the africans? did they see you as brothers or more as american tourists?
  • some of them see you as brothers, some of them see you as slaves. and it's the mentalitiy of the people there, you know. some of them welcome black americans or black europeans, some of them don't. and this is just humanity. our experience the world... africa was a great experience to us because that helped to confirm a lot of things that have been revealed to us through life and we go back to africa and say: wow, this is really a african heritage, this is really coming from our ancestors. so going back to africa is a spiritual goal for us, a great inspiration to us, and even it show us that africa to us is like a big time jamaica, you know, cause the same vibes in africa and the same vibes in jamaica. and the whole concept of repatriation... yes, we look forward to back to africa, but before you go back to africa you have to repatriate within yourself. and get rid of a lot of thoughts or whatsoever, illusions we have on our own minds and change ourselves to whatsoever means in life. we have to free ourselves from within. that is liberation and before you can go to africa and talk about you want liberate africans you have to liberate yourself from where you're coming from. and that's a great work in itself.
  • but isn't the africa described in the bible much different from the current situation?
  • of course! without a doubt!
  • i can't understand how someone living in jamaica which is a natural paradise wants to move to a country where you hardly find water...
  • you have islands surrounded by water and it's hard to find water. sometimes in jamaica we have water shortage. you turn on your pipes and there is no water coming out of it. it may last for a day or two days. this is just life on earth. and everywhere in africa is not like that. that's the whole thing that... going to africa made us realize cause we always felt that way but going to africa and seeing the modernisation that has taking place... it's like, what they tell us on television and through their media that's not what it is happening in africa. africa is just as a paradise as jamaica is. it's just a bigger paradise.
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