- Magazin: Artists - Luciano Interview

Luciano Interview
(Berlin, 21.04.2003)



Meeting luciano, the messenjah after his show in berlin' 2be club was a honour for us and even the time was short we get some idea of how an artist can take a stand and have good ways and a good attitude in a business which is mostly dictated by money. and as long as man like him tour and teach and as long as the audience visit his concerts not only to enjoy but also to listen and learn, we are sure that babylon will fall! jah rastafari!

  • first of all: respect for helping this man who seem to have some trouble with the security. what was exactly happening?
  • well, i saw a kind of disturbance and i, you know, i was a little concerned so i decide that i would just intervene. apparently the brother was dancing and his hand must have hit the security. he was probably asking him to step away a little from the stage, you know, the brother became a little terrible and, you know, i just had to intervene and bring some positive vibes...
  • but he could be any troublemaker...
  • i feel that he was a little intoxicated cause he was asking for his beer and all dem ting deh.
  • him no even calm down to early.
  • fi real! it tek a time before he really...
  • i forgot to tell you something bout where mi ago put the interview: it's for a website called
  • so when you talk bout dancehallmusic what kind of music you play on it like?
  • it's not really like a soundsystem we just feature all kind of music because...
  • slackness?!
  • even some slackness... mi for example mi like slackness but mi no see it ina de bad way too much. i mean i don't listen slackness and later treat some woman bad. but when you have like admiral bailey 'punaany' i love such music. if it get too rude, too explicit i don't like it too much.
  • ok, once, yuh know, once yuh keep it... ca dat yuh have to remember now, as the messenjah mi have to be careful of the tings that i endorse because certain tings are just out of context... and i believe that most of these slack deejays are really destroying the music. cause the music is really intend on beeing a way of communicating with the people and educating the people... not too much to become to taken up ina we personal affairs. because mi see many of these people who come and sing about their life... it's like their life-story they come and tell people... they're bedroom bully and all dem kind ah ting deh [laughs] rasta! i and i have to educate the youths dem so as the messenjah i see that my duty is to bring forward a positive energy within this dancehall music... yuh know and within the dancehall beca even now at the end of the day if yuh see midnight they have to play a song like 'lord give mi strength' beca they can't just play all ina rags and going on, you know! so big up brother doob and brother mudds, you know! the messenjah this, you know, the messen-jah rastafari!
  • it might sound like a foolish question, but you as the messenjah where do you get your inspiration from?
  • well out of the tradition dem because coming out of the struggling i realised that i'm really blessed to be able to sing and to use my talent to the honour and glory of god because many people got them talent but they don't use it to the glory of god and because i was really given this spiritual background my father and mother instilling me certain spirituality this is the same vibe that come out of me cause i try to keep my music clean and remember most of what my mother and father have taught me and try to spread it in the music. so i could honestly say because i'm a spiritual person. i believe in spiritual life. i believe in eating right, drinking properly, living upright! and this also comes out in my music. so the messenjah really is one out of the tradition and scene that the people are in need and see that my people out there are really confused - especially the youngsters - i decided to use my song and my words to the honour and glory and to the education of the people. jah rastafari!
  • seeing you pon stage you're carrying a rod which comes in like a shepherds rod...
  • yeah man, actually it was given to me, you know, and i see where most of the tings we have acquired, for example spiritual people, we don't have to go for like mine or hunting for tings. this rod was given to me! and when it was given to me the thought came to me dat is really a shepherd rod and i see myself as a shepherd cause i'm really garnering jah sheep to the fore right now, you know! it's same way when i see how this opportunity was given to me beca many people can sing ina jamaica, y'know but not everyone of dem get the opportunity... and with my willingness to go to the last minute to find a way of expressing it jah has given me the know-how and has give me the inspiration so the same way which i apply the knowledge within knowing that this rod is a shepherd rod i continue to be a shepherd, you know!
  • still bout your outfit: you have one kind of unusual hat. where it come from?
  • when i went ot senegal. i journey to senegal on pilgrimage... this... i saw a couple of this hats because they make them on the ivory coast. lots of them. i got my first one was given to me as a gift by baba mal and then when i went there to senegal and i see the hats i was so impressed, you know. so i bought a couple of dem for myself. so it's really originated in ivory coast, senegal.
  • it looking really unusual!
  • yeah man, give thanks, man. it is really a all-season-hat, you know, because, if it's raining it serve as a roof, you know, as a umbrella and if it is sunny it act as a shade also so it's for all season.
  • but why these army pants and these military boots...
  • yeah man, i believe that the work of man is a serious one because i see many great messengers come and died, you know. i see how garnett silk how they burn him and all dem ting deh and peter tosh kill him certain way and, you know. and i see that the tradition of i and i work is a serious one so by dressing and keeping myself within this militant look it is sending a statement that i acknowledge my mission as a messenger and i'm on the tradition... and this is how i feel. i feel comfortable this way. i'm really not a jacket & tie man. i'm a more roots radical man. buffalo soldier, you know!
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