Jahmiel’s Mission to Greatness Image

by Jordan Delahaye

As a musician in any genre it is imperative that some semblance of originality is introduced to your act. This is one of Jahmiel’s greatest triumphs in his career so far – his distinct sound. Up-and-comers like Jahmiel paint a positive future for Jamaican music that seems both interesting and propitious. 

The reggae and dancehall genres are growing exponentially and this young talent is on a mission to ensure that he can both channel and foster this growth in his own career.

“Mission” is Jahmiel’s latest release. The EP features Jahmiel’s one-of-a-kind delivery on a sonic backdrop that highlights a reggae/dancehall crossover. The musician labels himself as both a reggae and dancehall artiste and he seems to wear both hats on the EP.

To those who are keen to make a distinction between the two genres, “Mission” might sound like more of a contemporary dancehall blend than anything else. On the other hand, the compilation also seems to teeter towards a gospel-reggae hybrid sound which appears overtly in songs like “Someday”.

On the title track Jahmiel blurs the line between singer and deejay in a way that goes beyond the usual sing-jay routine and immediately sets the musician apart as authentic. The singer-songwriter also exhibits a knack for penning conscious lyrics. 

Even “Senorita”, the most glaring dancehall track on the EP, foregoes the typical derogatory remarks towards females typically employed by his peers in the dancehall industry for a more complimentary tone. Usually expletives go hand in hand with dancehall music, especially with the younger generation of dancehall musicians but Jahmiel has managed to put together a family friendly compilation.

The young musician is clearly a family man himself, a fact which he makes evident in the track “Real Father”. The track is not one you usually hear coming from any genre much less an urban one. Jahmiel, who only turns 22 this August and is not yet a father, sings about his love and respect not only for his father but all the “real fathers” who stick around for the role.

Jahmiel’s music displays a keen intellect and a talent for tuneful compositions. If his dreadlocks aren’t enough to convince you of his spiritual beliefs, Jahmiel’s Rasta influence is also clearly revealed in his lyrics which at times are heavily layered with tenets of the Rastafarian culture.

Buju Banton, Bob Marley and Sizzla Kalonji are a few of the musicians that inspire the rising star but he has a long way to go before he can count himself among these luminaries of Jamaican music. While he is still earning his stripes however, Jahmiel shows a lot of promise. He undoubtedly has the talent and with some hard work and proper guidance, Jahmiel has what it takes to write his name into reggae/dancehall history.

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