Micah Shemaiah ready to spark a musical revolution on Reggae's soundscape Image

by Biko Kennedy

Not very often do you come across artistes such as Micah but the moment you do you're almost always left excited for the future of music. Destined to break musical barriers while spreading the message of Rastafari, we caught up with Micah to find out more about his visions for the future and his promises of yesterday. 

Photographed b EL Puru (HIMages)

JAmusic: Music lovers globally will always be looking for that new, impeccable sound that can be looked upon as leaders of the new wave of vocalists. How would you define a musical genius that can eventually become a vocal leader?
MS: A musical genius to me would have no limit to his or her thinking as it relates to creativity. Also one that puts in the extra work needed to master ones craft. A vocal leader can only come from the heart of a spiritual leader. For the commanding spirit of the sound must come from the commanding spirit of the singer 

JAmusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the Reggae soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles?

MS: It is important to add new and fresh vibes to di great sounds given to us enuh. ,there is a lot of innovation these days as well as there are a lot of artiste using sounds from the past to reinforce there music today. As the music before our time is undoubtedly the highest in quality. I personally had made it a point of duty not to cover nor play too many of the songs I grew up listening to, I did this to give my self the best chance of finding my own original Sound

JAmusic: Your style seems to be a blend between vocalists like Kymani Marley, I-Octane and  Pressure. Is this intentional and are these artistes persons you try to emulate?

MS: I don't try to emulate anyone really. I don't even listen to those artistes. If you think I have a similar sound to these artistes that would be a first for me, where someone has compared my sound to others. Don't even think I have a style. I just write songs, don't try to sing in a style. I would say the artistes you mentioned are all artistes that try to maintain a particular style of singing. I just write to the vibe. No style  

JAmusic: What's the biggest risk you've taken artistically; one that went over surprisingly well and one that might've gone over people's heads?

MS: I don't see a risk in any artistic expression, because without pushing the boundaries its not really Art. taking chances and doing things different from the norm is a way of Art. 

Photographed b EL Puru (HIMages) 

JAmusic:  Who's the artiste that keeps you on your toes? Pushes you to go harder?

MS: No artiste really has that impact on me, only RASTAFARI. I am inspired by my bredren and sistren inna di music though. This question would be better served to an artiste who sees music as a competition. 

JAmusic: When you got into the music business where did you think you'd be today or where did you see yourself fitting in at the moment?

MS: Really I jus love music, my hope was for my original sound to be accepted, it's hard when your not regurgitating popular melodies and lyrics. So being accepted for what I have to bring originally was always my hope. And I do have some support now so I give thanks 

JAmusic: What's the purpose on your musical journey? What's the message you're trying to give?

MS: The message is revolution. 

JAmusic: What's one song that you hold close to you because of a particular line or better yet what's the most philosophical quote you've heard in a song that you hold close to your heart?

MS: "We Refuse to be, what you wanted us to be, we are what we are and that's the way is going to be" Bob Marley. 

Photographed b EL Puru (HIMages) 

JAmusic: We live in an era where the average person's attention span is limited to what they want to see or hear. What are you doing differently that will hold their attention?

MS: It's always been like that, just more variations of the same thing now. I stay away from the race and treat my music as how you would eat a meal without choking. A small portion at a time. Same way I read my Bible, one chapter a day. 

JAmusic: With success comes a lot of negative feedback, how do you react or deal with negativity?

MS: Its as useful as positivity, both energies negative and positive can be mistaken for each other at any given time. So I pray for guidance from RASTAFARI as to how I deal with both. 

JAmusic: What kind of future plans have you set for yourself as an artiste (to accomplish and maintain)?

MS: Just to live 

JAmusic: What insight can you give on the power of music and its ability to communicate certain messages verbally and non-verbally? And what do you think your music represent?

MS: Music is the heart and soul of us all. Always telling the stories of happiness and pain. Thus showing the common bond between all life on earth. My music represents both pain and happiness. It also represents the present, future and the past. Working to preserve the spiritual connection between all generations.

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