Lazah Current is a former member of Juno Award winning band Messenjah. Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Lazah has moved to Jamaica to pursue a solo career. Recently releasing his a second album, Betta Tomorrow, Lazah is on tour doing concerts.
BCP: Why Dancehall reggae?
LC: I would not say that my music is dancehall reggae. I am more a sing-jay that does danceable and listenable music.
BCP: What is your process?
LC: If you mean the process in the creation of each track then it’s simply taking a rhythm, listening to it, formulating an idea, and then putting those ideas to paper. Ideas normally comes from everyday experiences.
BCP: How long have you been writing songs?
LC: I’ve been writing since about grade 10-11.
BCP: Who are your influences?
LC: RnB, Jazz, Rock, and of course reggae.
BCP: Please explain your stage name.
LC: Lazah Current means a spiritual light of musical energy.
BCP: Your songs are honest and provoke much thought. What do you try to convey to your listeners?
LC: I basically would like to see and hear a sense of understanding among humanity with love being the central theme irregardless of race, and it is a challenge to those in society who are in the position to bring about a better world to do so unconditionally.
BCP: Does your spirituality play a part in your writing?
LC: Yes it does; my spirituality is the basis for all my songs.
BCP: Do you see song as a form of prayer?
LC: Yes, I would say that most of my songs are prayers formulated from the everyday injustices that I see happening in the world and my wish is to see a greater and a better future for all.
BCP: You have quite a bit of love songs on Betta Tomorrow. Have you always been a romantic?
LC: Love is natural, life is natural, and love is the creation of life. My love for a woman is very spiritual in nature; love transcends generations; the expression of love between a man and a woman has been ever since recorded history; I think that it is very romantic telling a woman that she is beautiful especially when it is expressed in a song.
BCP: The songs on Betta Tomorrow focus on change. Is a lot of your music like that? How did you come about that consciousness?
LC: Yes, my music focuses on change as mentioned earlier. I believe that we are all born with a sense of consciousness, too many people however are material minded and that mindset will certainly lead one astray from their spiritual being. Nothing is wrong with being material minded but one also needs to be balanced spiritually.
BCP: Your lyrics challenge world governments. In North America it is easy to critique government via song and poetry and get away with it. You’re from a small island that has seen much political turmoil. Do you ever fear that your music will get you in trouble?
LC: I only fear when I am contrary to that which is right.
BCP: Dancehall has a bad rep as of late. Betta Tomorrow does not fall into the stereotype. Are you purposely trying to show a new face to Dancehall?
LC: As mentioned earlier I don’t think my music is dancehall music. It is, I think, danceable music with concious lyrics that is thought provoking.
BCP: You used to sing Roots reggae with Juno Award winning band Messenjah. Why did you stop? Would you consider singing Roots music again? Was it hard to switch from Roots to Dancehall? Why the switch?
LC: I don’t think that there is a difference between my music now and Messenjah music so I don’t think that I have switched from one style to the next. Roots music is lyrical and my lyrics represents roots.
BCP: What are you working on now?
LC: I am currently working on the promotion of the Betta Tomorrow album.
BCP: When do you expect to have a second album out?
LC: This album entitled Betta Tomorrow is my second album. The third one will be release at the appropriate time; I have enough recorded songs for the third album.
BCP: What do you want North American listeners to get from you music?
LC: I would love for them to feel the love that I’ve expressed in all my songs.
BCP: What advice do you have for other singers/poets out there who are having difficulties with their art or who are afraid to perform art?
LC: I believe that one needs to study the business of music; one also needs to be serious if the art is a career choice sometimes sacrificing for your career choice might be the only way to achieve success.
Tune in to Black Coffee Poet Friday April 29, 2011 for a video of Lazah Current singing for Black Coffee Poet.