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Black or White?... Gentleman - Respond To Yourself

Okomfo Anokye Bajan
2008-03-22 13:52:31

This is one of the sweetest reggae tunes ever... some of the purest roots reggae vibes you will hear anywhere.

Gentleman - Respond To Yourself

Although it sounds like it comes straight out of Jamaica, Gentleman is actually Tilmann Otto (born April 19, 1975 in Osnabr?ck, Germany), a reggae musician of German descent. He sings not in German or even in English, but in Jamaican. He has adopted the Jamaica style so much that when I first saw him on a darkened stage, wearing a cap, I thought that he was a light-skinned Jamaican.

Gentleman's story is a tale of two successes... his own personal music career and also the worldwide influence of reggae.

The global success of reggae music speaks for itself. The Caribbean man has certainly been successful in promoting our music to all regions of the world... we invented reggae, yet our African brothers (from whom our culture originates) have failed to make a similar impact with their own music on the international stage. I believe that much of this has to do with the language being used. Ghana produces some excellent music but it is almost all in Twi... Gentleman is German but he sings in what is a version of English. When will Ghanaian musicians realise that there is a huge international market out there for your music once the lyrics are sung in English? Or will you wait till a white man comes along to sing highlife in English, and a white woman comes along to sing adowa in English?

Respond to it!

Nuff Respect, Okomfo Anokye Bajan.

[This is an authentic posting from Okomfo Anokye Bajan (Registered User)]
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