Reggae act wants genre balance locally
Reggae artiste CP Ink believes that the gatekeepers of the music industry need to strike a greater balance between roots music and dancehall music on the nation's airwaves.
The artiste believes that in a society with fewer role models, music remains an important avenue to impart certain core spiritual beliefs and positive ideas to the general population.
"The majority of those young people who are doing music today, they don't know what it stands for, they don't understand the responsibility they have and that it is not just for hype, richness and fortune. Being a musician is the job of a pastor or a counsellor, must be somebody that you can look up to at some way, and some time," the artiste, whose real name is Wayne Fitzroy Rose, said.
He admitted social media has levelled the playing field in terms of creating a platform for all types of music.
"But radio is very important because it sets a national tone on current affairs and is a great forum for social commentary; so we can help to save our society," he said.
CP Ink has emerged as one of the most dynamic dancehall-reggae artistes on the local music scene. His latest single, Wash Mi Locks, is doing well in Europe and locally, and racked up thousands of views since its release eight weeks ago.
There are also plans to shoot a music video.
The talented entertainer grew up in Port Morant, St Thomas, before moving to Clarendon.
He journeyed to Kingston in 1996 to pursue his dreams of a successful career in the music business. But before that, he worked as fisherman from 1989 to 2000.
In 2001, he joined a group called CP Inc (Christopher Palmer Inc) which was founded by popular dancehall artiste Lexxus.
The group consisted of himself, Sean Reynolds, Lexxus and Melcito Melcito, but disbanded after two years.
CP and Sean Reynolds continued to perform until 2013 when he went solo, changing his name to CP Ink.
The versatile deejay is known for songs such as Basket Nuh Carry Water, featuring Rootz Revealerz, and Gun Thing Done with Bush Man.