Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Sean Paul pledged his allegiance to dancehall, after facing harsh criticism from fans, for not representing  the Jamaican culture or music.

The last few years have seen a plethora of R'n'B artistes straying from their musical roots to take a more commercially viable route. United States stars Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo and Usher are just a few acts who stepped away from R'n'B and began experimenting with dance music in order to keep up with the industry's current trend. And all did so with relatively little scrutiny. But apparently, it's not that easy for a dancehall artiste to do the same.

Having shot to fame in 2002 with his award-winning album Dutty Rock (can you believe it was 12 years ago?), Sean Paul heralded a new wave of dancehall success in the United Kingdom, with album tracks Get Busy, Like Glue and the smash hit Gimme The Light enjoying mainstream chart success.

Follow-up albums The Trinity and Imperial Blaze saw the Jamaican star continue his trend of energetic deejaying over dancehall beats, many of which were created by Jamaican dancehall producers.

Now, the 39-year-old has exercised his right to experiment musically by enlisting a number of 'foreign-based producers' to create new album Tomahawk Technique, an album with more mainstream sensibilities."It's a fusion of sounds," says Paul as we chat in his London hotel. Read more

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