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April 5, 2013
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Chayot hopes to rehash the passion of Reggae music


With the new single 'Poor People Nah Nuh Food' (Searching For Love) climbing to international fame, emerging Reggae superstar Chayot is hoping to rehash the passion Reggae music represents when it was at its best.

Chayot has now embarked on a mission to bring the plight of the poor and downtrodder back to the forefront of reggae. With the debut single, produced by veteran producer Ed Robinson, he intends to fulfil that mission.

The St Catherine High graduate, who became a well-known songwriter in the reggae-music industry, believes reggae music will continue to be great, no matter what state the music is in now, because, as he puts it, "The Jamaican people are a smart set of people, you cyan fool Jamaican people, Jamaican people invent reggae music and you can't come reinvent it wid foolishness. The people will continue to grow the music. Expect great things from reggae music".

Describing his musical style as passionate spiritual reggae, Chayot is all culture, all clean and all Reggae.

Despite his passion and determination, however, he was once very reluctant to take centrestage.

"I was more comfortable writing music for well-known reggae acts and enjoyed producing music for record labels," Chayot exclaimed.

However, fate would have its way after years of hearing his childhood friend, reggae superstar Anthony B, continuously telling him he should really take the music serious and start delivering the message himself as an artiste. Chayot heeded that advice and has now taken centrestage.

The Cumberland, St Catherine-based artiste has spent years travelling and working in different continents, but will be the first to say "mi nuh like fahrin, mi nuh tink fahrin mek sense. You can go there go look a food, but nuh plan to live there."

Chayot thinks track and field megastar Usain Bolt made the right decision to stay home in Jamaica and launch his career from home. He also believes artistes like Vybz Kartel were right to abandon the 'American dream' and do it from Jamaica.

"These decisions are what define you as an artiste or whatever," he said.

When asked what makes him special as an artiste, Chayot made it clear that nothing makes him special and he will never be special. "Too much great artistes already blaze the trail, I can't even begin to compare myself with Bob Marley, or even his seeds, for that matter. People like Stephen Marley makes it clear how powerful and alive the music is today. Listening to Stephen and Buju Banton is like you open the heavens and joy just rain down ... God is great, star," he said. "Mi is not a big singer, mi jus a deliver a message or three."

The singer cites his good friends, Sizzla, Anthony B and Determine, as his personal influences and cites the Marleys, Buju Banton and Bounty Killer as some of the most powerful minds in music.

Chayot is busy recording new tracks and is almost finished with construction on his recording studio, Monarch Studios, in Cumberland. He said his studio will only be opened to ghetto youths and those who want to help ghetto youths.

"Our studio is not for no guy inna no khaki suit," he said.

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