Review:The Courtney John Project’s> Black Cinderella


This phenomenal new track has just been re produced  on the Fiwi music label. This version carries with it a new fusion twist to the sounds of Errol Dunkley’s  1972 original version.

With the release of this single brings  the Courtney John Projects début album ‘Future’ one step closer to international release.

This version is just one of three hit singles, showcasing their ability to reach a broader audience.

The creative fusion of Courtney Johns lovers vocals with The Wizard and Lenky’s expert blending of contemporary dub-electronica, is tweaked so that it’s haunting mix enhances the original.

The listener has much to identify in the sounds of this new Roots-tronic fusion genre .

As the tune drops, quaking vibes enhance the narrative in Courtney John’s vocal style as the lyrics suggest loss beginning and throughout. the lyrics are heartfelt and reflective of Errol Dunkley’s version yet through their expertise the trio seem to make the tune seem like their own.

Mel Cooke a Jamaica Gleaner  writer published an article on Sunday the 28th of June  2009 about the origins of the song Black Cinderella.  Interviewing Dunkley he said:  ‘it developed from a poem his producer Jimmy Rodway had written for him,when they recorded it at Dynamic studios’. The love song was to appear on Rodway’s Fimi Time label. The song was initially a tribute to hardworking black women but after a few adjustments to the lyrics, Dunkley made it into a love song.

Courtney Johns lovers style of vocals is truly reminiscent of the initial feelings captured on the original.

It has the potential to draw in both young and old fans alike, with its rich tapestry of melodic sounds.

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The Courtney John Project’s long term super-producer, Nastassja Hammond better known as ‘The Wizard’ fuses sample sounds of aircraft and movement in time across a spectrum of dub beats, creating an astonishing fusion with Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsdens beautiful dub-style piano solo. The intermittent beat plates and subtle dub-horns take the listener on a personal journey from beginning to end.

The auditory feast on this track makes it a truly unique revive tune, one to gain momentum in the future  success of the album.


Feature Interview: The Courtney John Project

Courtney John                               ‘The Project is going to blow up big time’

Mr. Courtney John is set to release his most recent international album called, ‘The Future’ at the end of January 2013 on the FiWi Music Label.  According to the Official Courtney John Project Facebook Page it is described as an audio journey; one part Kingston mash up, one part euro-electronica & 100% provocative in its approach to contemporary music. It is a collaboration alongside 2004 ASCAP songwriter of the year and Grammy award winning Singer Songwriter and Musician, Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden and long term female super producer ‘The Wizard’ who is  accredited with producing work for the likes of  Nelly Furtado, Michael Franti and   Courtney’s Uncle, Mr. Beres Hammond.Courtney John

Courtney John, The Wizard and Steven “Lenky” Marsden.

Courtney John, The Wizard and Steven “Lenky” Marsden.

By way of a telephone conversation he begins giving some background on the current project. Courtney says:  ‘We have created a new genre of music called Roots-Tronic, it’s a platform to experiment with our music.’ Referring to the evolution of Jamaican music, he doesn’t think music should limit its traditional sound capabilities, he feels strongly about the importance of roots reggae music and its fusion within other genres.   This is a very unorthodox project and  as the Courtney John Project we have had to let go of inhibitions with our music, you have to understand the economics.’

He gives the impression that to him music is music and should be regarded as such, not limited by the categorizations of the respective  genre. He as a solo artist was often regarded as a purely Jamaican lovers rock style singer. Although he carry’s his lovers style vocals with him, this realization just allows himself and his colleagues  a platform to showcase the potential for a new and ever evolving genre which refers to the great traditions of roots reggae. He says look at the great work of Bob Marley and others who have placed our genre on the international stage. Musically, Reggae can stand up to anything out there without compromise. The Courtney John Project is looking to continue to develop the work internationally with other producers so that it can follow in the footsteps of its predecessors.

The sounds on the new Roots tronic genre could be compared to UK artists such as Tricky, Massive attack and Portishead. Courtney says that he relates it to the Dub era and although ‘ there are elements of Dubstep, not fully identifiable, he is humbled every time to be associated with these comparisons.  We are not making a conscious effort to cash in on the dub-step sound, but respect its association. Musically it is solid and at some point we have realized that we have stepped outside our comfort zone, it’s just a natural progression for me. Many of us Jamaican artists are classically trained in our traditional styles. We realize the importance of our image  so that it does not deflect from our ability to reference our back catalog, I will always continue to make core reggae albums, but for now this is what we’re focusing on.’  How the Courtney John Project will evolve is yet to be seen, but what is undoubtedly true about its uniqueness is their ability to be creative, we await to see what the future holds for the Courtney John Project in 2013.

lifewithdamien interviews>Courtney John~ From Letters to words 2012

Born Courtney ‘Yogie’ John in the parish of Saint Andrew in Jamaica, Courtney John  is nephew of  fellow lovers rock singer songwriter Mr.Beres Hammond whom he credits much of his influence to amongst others. He has developed much of his talent recording songs with many prestigious Jamaican producers and labels such as Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrells X-terminator productions, Fat Eyes, Taxi (with Sly and Robbie) , Harmony-House and  for his own Fiwi music label.
In September 2007 , Courtney released his  fourteen track  debut album called ‘Unselfish’.
In June 2009, he released his hugely successful , second album named ‘Made in Jamaica’ which truly showcases his unique melodic vocals.
~Life with Damien communication with Mr.Courtney John~
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:53:36 +0000
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Subject: Divine Love and Greetings ,Courtney,My name is Damien O’Shea(reggae media journalist) we spoke  in connection with Live Messenger/Facebook/Skype chat the other day about putting together a typed dialogue interview for my blog
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:09:12 +0000Bless. You can send  questions through when you are ready.Bless

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                                            ~Life with Damien interviews Courtney John~

Life with Damien says: “Can you tell us who your musical influences are, and what inspires you”?.
Courtney John: [..”I grew up listening to Alton Ellis, Denis Brown,Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder among others”..]

 Life with Damien says: What is the tour/ recording  schedule  like for 2012 ?

Courtney John: [..”I  go to Japan in May, and Europe in the Summer and America in the fall”..]

Life with Damien says: Have you any collaborations in the pipeline that you would like us to look out for in 2012?

Courtney John:[..”I have my most recent album coming out at the end of March called ‘From letters to words’ and I am currently working on another album with me featuring a producer call the Wizard”..]

Life with Damien says: “Of all the songs that you have produced so far is there any one song that means more to you than any of the others and why is it that you choose this one”?

Courtney John:[..”I treat my songs like parents having kids, none is more special than the other”..]

Life with Damien says:”Have you performed much in the U.K. in recent years and how do you feel about the recognition your music has received over there”.

Courtney John:[..”I have not performed there much recently,but I do like the vibe the U.K. gives me. It’s a very special place”..]

Life with Damien says: “Have you seen an increase in single/album sales, for the song  ‘Lucky Man’ since it was used for the advert”?

Courtney John: [..”Yes and it just goes to show that good music has its place out there”..]

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The Best of Jamaican Film

Rockers is a film starring many well known roots reggae performers namely the lead character Leroy “Horse-mouth” Wallace,  Gregory Isaacs (R.I.P), Jacob Miller(R.I.P.), Robbie Shakespeare,Kiddus I, Big Youth, Burning Spear, Dr. Alimantado and bands such as the Abyssinians and the Mighty Diamonds.Plus Producer Jack Ruby. It gives insight into the  trials and tribulations of the difficult world of the reggae music business.The story feel is of a ghetto style robin-hood(“rob from the rich and give to the poor”) mentality,which the characters pursue as their only option to get their just reward.

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The Harder they come” starring well known reggae performer, Jimmy Cliff plays the character of Ivan a youth from the country who quickly discovers what life in the big city is like and through his resilience finds solace as a Rudeboy (gangster) in the ghettos of Kingston,this path eventually leads him to retribution in this unjust society. Look out for the music scene in the studio with  Toots and the Maytals performance.

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Countryman is a film about a young couple Bobby Lloyd and Beau Porter who take her fathers light aircraft for a spin over Jamaican airspace and are shot down by the army who are anxious to discover its occupants and embroil them in a web of conspiracy with actual reference to political propaganda of the time. The crash is witnessed by a Rasta fisherman called Country,who quickly rescues them from the burning plane and helps them escape the approaching army,providing a temporary sanctuary while he plans to get them safely home and away from the propaganda.

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One Love( the movie) is a film starring Kymani Marley son of the late great Robert “Nesta” Marley,Cherine Anderson who plays Serena, his love interest and Mutabaruka who plays an elder in their Rasta Camp. Kymani plays Kassa the central figure in the story;which is about a young band of reggae musicians who are struggling to find a break personally and professionally, when they discover a competition and become involved with a crooked producer who plans to manipulate the band for personal gains,when his plan backfires and the gang recover their mix c.d. and application for the event.The band alongside the choir group struggle to see eye to eye but quickly realise the collaboration can win the event.

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Shottas ( the movie) is an extremely violent film that gives insight into the Gangster Life which many youths now face in places like Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida.Starring Kymani Marley who plays Biggs a “Rudeboy” (Gangster) from a Kingston Ghetto; after being extradited from a Miami Jail and evicted back to Jamaica,he become acquainted with his old friend Wayne who re-introduces him to the Gangster -Life once more,only to be left the last man standing. This film does not promote violence it portrays the lives lived by these kinds of people and the definitive final outcome.

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Jah Cure~ New album: World a Cry 2011 and projects for 2012

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 Global Release March 2012

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