Tanya Stephens - Reggae Rebelutionary
Monday, 18 February 2008
The queen of Jamaican reggae, Tanya Stephens, is finally heading our way this February. 3D asks for the word up.
Regarding your most recent album, Rebelution - does it tackle different subject matter to your last release, Gangsta Blues-
Rebelution was released toward the end of 2006. I take on different topics and continue in the vein of discussions and the sparking of discussions.
The press shots for the album have you in militant garb a la Che Guevara, do you feel an affinity with his politics-
I deliberately stay away from taking sides with revolutionaries because every side in a war has both foes and allies. When you do not have all the facts first-hand it's not worth possibly offending someone who was wronged. However, I do relate to the general figure of every revolutionary. I do stand for what they basically represent, which is change.
The Gangsta Blues track It’s a Pity was very commercially successful, hitting the radio, video outlets and critical acclaim. What do you think it was about this track that really spoke out to the world-
I don’t know. I'm assuming by it's popularity that there is way more promiscuity in the world than I even realized! :-)
Your lyrics are autobiographical - how do you find the right blend between the serious and the comical-
I don’t TRY to do anything. I just go with whatever comes natural - I'm naturally serious and naturally comical.
Your albums blend acoustic ballads and heavy dancehall riddims – is your live show a similar deal, or is it more on the party tip-
You’re coming to Australia very soon. What are you expecting from your visit-
That's always a hard question to answer. If I was coming on vacation I would say I intend to party and whoop it up, but I'm coming for performances so the boring truth is I wont really be able to tell one place different from another! I will enjoy being on stage and singing for people because I really, really love that and I'm happy for every chance I get to meet the people who support me face-to-face.
Finally, if you had to say one very important thing, what would it be-
Thanks is always the most important thing. Nobody owes me anything so the fact that people actually support me and love me is something I will be eternally grateful for! :-)
WHO: Tanya Stephens
WHAT: Playing the Great Northern / Oxford Art Factory
WHEN: Thursday 21 February / Saturday 23 February