Of course it's all due to The Musical Ambassador - Trevor Elliott. All Thanks and Nuff Respect Mr Bassa. ya "bigga than big and tuff ta tallawah"
Interview took place by phone to Kingston JA. on May 09, 2007; as Ras
Edi was preparing to do his own radio show in Jam Down - Cultural Explosion; Which airs on Roots FM 96.1. His most recent musical release is "Hold the Vibes"; available from The Musical Ambassador's One Stop Hit Shop;
Ras Edi is the BEST. His devotion to reggae spans 3 decades and dozens of global hits. his world travels and tours have only served to enhance his standing as an "Icon of Foundation Reggae".
We Suggest You get a cool drink and kick back for this trip down memory lane; and into the vortex of todays madcap world of "Playola, Studio Politics, and Production Lags"..
Ras Edi puts it on the table. he doesn't hold back on his views of todays music crisis; as well the BadGal backs him up on the CRB Playola Issues and Ras Edi Responds Like a True Veteran.
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Edi Fitzroy was born Fitzroy Edwards on November 17, 1955 in Chapelton, Clarendon; the son of a sound system operator Vasco Edwards and Kathleen Robinson. After leaving primary school he went to live with his mother in Whitfield Town, Kingston and he attended the West Indies Commercial Institute and studied Accounts.
The album included such hits as “Check For You Once”, a number one single, “Youthman Penitentiary”, “African Queen”, “Work On Mr. Farmer”, “First Class Citizen”, “People Dem A Suffer” among others. Alligator Records, a Chicago based label also released the album in the U.S. and Canada under the title “Youthman Penitentiary”.
To fans of his unique vocal stylings and conscious lyrics, it seemed that Edi Fitzroy had suddenly become a "where are they now?" candidate.
The erstwhile accountant, who got his break while in the employ of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC), seemingly disappeared in the mid-90s after racking up an enviable string of hits, dating back to 1978, with Miss Molly Collie.
with Splash, Fitzroy revealed that he had in fact never been out of
action from that time, but had actually spent much of the interval
recording and touring overseas.
But the past, as
was once written, is prologue. In the now, Edi has renewed his presence
in Jamaica, firstly with a single and video, Rappa Pam Pam to be
followed, shortly thereafter, by the release of his latest album, Hold
"I always speak as the voice of the downtrodden, the voiceless," he says. "Bongo Herman told me once, he said 'Edi, you never come, you was sent, and that's why them can't stop you, and it always stay with me."
Indeed, the catalogue of albums and singles reflects this single-mindedness and strength of conviction: cautionary tunes like Prison Life and the Gun, inspirational songs like Love The People Want, and Not Giving Up and then there is the anthemic salute to women, Princess Black.
Given all of that, Edi says he harbours no ill will to any of today's music practitioners or even to the media which has largely overlooked him these past years. "Well, is the media I get my start in and they have supported me,except for the recent period, but I don't get into any bad vibes - it would be nice to get some more air time, but we continue."
Of the current musical scene, he says, "I don't fight the deejays, that's the language and pulse of now and they are dealing with their experience - is just how you choose to deal with it. I can't get into the 'unda woman ting' and I can't 'big up' the gun culture because I see the destruction that it bring which is what I was talking about from over twenty years ago when I do like The Gun and Prison Life, but I don't swear off the deejays them".
On the resurgence of roots music he is equally sanguine. 'The music have to come back to the one-drop because that is the source of the power, the message and that whole vibe, like I say, of representing the people who either not represented or misrepresented. That is and has always been the core of the thing, so is just time that bring it back around."
Upon the release of Hold the Vibes, he will again be hitting the road, but will be more directly conneced to the "rock" than previously.
"I am of the people and for the people. If any one don't see or hear me is not the case that I am not doing anything, but is part of the cycle. We been all over with this music and this messgae and the times demand it more than ever so we going to be all over, but home is home. We going to continue to be focused, to be positive and treat people the way we would want to be treated. That will carry us through."
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