Saturday, December 01, 2012
FRENCH singer Hosny Gmb, a self-described Rockers' man, is getting ready to release his fourth album which is another serving of roots-reggae.
In a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer, Hosny spoke of his desire to perform in Jamaica which he last visited 10 years ago.
"I'd love to play in Jamaica in a big festival tribute to Bob Marley, so Jamaican people will see what is a true roots singer, even though there are great singers there," he said.
Hosny, who is in his 30s, says he has listened to reggae since he was a child. The first song he heard was Marley's Is This Love and he has been hooked to Jamaican music since, with a preference for Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller and Hugh Mundell.
For the Paris-born Hosny, waving the reggae flag in France is a challenge. He says mainstream media there is not open to roots-reggae.
"The proof of it is, I have international promotion, but not in France. Record companies, they told me 'we don't sign music talking about Jah,' whereas Bob Marley spread Jah music in the whole world," he said.
Hosny's previous albums are Radical Fighters (1997), Unité Universelle (2003) and Rasta Rebel (2007).
Most of his recordings in Jamaica were done in Kingston with stalwart roots musicians like bassist Aston 'Familyman' Barrett, trombonist Vin Gordon, saxophonist Glen DaCosta, and drummer Benbow Creary.
Although Hosny is critical of media's indifference to reggae in his country, many Jamaican roots-reggae acts from the 1970s retain their strongest fan base in France which has several reggae festivals.
French Reggae artist HOSNY drops by the ALL AXE-S radio show this week. Hosted by Heike Wollenweber, ALL AXE-S is a dancehall reggae show featuring special guests and all of the latest dancehall singles and riddims. Find out all you need to know about the new artist called Hosny! Tune in this Wednesday, June 19th! Showtimes: 3am, 9am, 3pm & 9pm EST.
About HOSNY: Hosny Good Morning Babylones is one of France's upcoming reggae band. The band leader is singer and composer HOSNY. His first album, “Radical Fighters”, launched the Reggae movement in France, and was on the top of the charts in France and in England. He recorded his secondalbum “Unité Universelle” and his third album “Rasta Rebel” between Kingston, Jamaica and Paris with the Wailers, Bob Marley’s musicians
This week we interview French reggae artist Hosny. He is the leader of the upcoming band French reggae band, Good Morning Babylones. Here is our conversation with Hosny.
Question: Can you tell us about the first time you heard reggae. What was that experience like?
The first time I’ve heard Reggae Music I was 3 or 4 years old and it was Bob Marley’s song “Is this Love”. It was a very deep powerful impression inside of me, a feeling, a vibe.
Question: Was it then that you decided to be a reggae artist?
I was too young at 3 or 4 years old! After I became naturally a Rastaman. Jah decides
Question: What is life like for a reggae artist in your country (France)?
The life for a reggae Artist in France is hard. When you come from ghettos, from a tough life, like in Jamaica or everywhere in the world, it’s more difficult for us.Reggae Music makes feel the sufferings of people.
Do you do alot of concerts?
Not now because for the moment I just finished my 4th Album, I put tracks on my website to promote my new Album. I prepare the launch of this Album and after the release in September or October; I will make concerts of course.
Question: Have you performed outside your country?
Yes I’ve performed in England, Switzerland, Portugal, and Tunisia. I’ve never play in America, but I hope I will do it
Question: Tell us about your first reggae album?
I made my first Album naturally. I didn’t know I was an artist who makes powerful roots reggae music felt by lots of people.
Question: Is it in your native language, French?
It was in English, it’s called “Radical Fighters”. I make this Album with musicians like Tyrone Downie, keyboard player for Bob Marley, different musicians from London, Paris.
Question: When will your next album be released?
In September or October 2012.
Question: What first drew your attention to Reggae?
It’s music of fight, to spread Love all over the world. Its strength comes from Kingdom of JAH. Only the true Rastaman can feel it but everybody can feel the musical strength of Reggae. Reggae Music is for all the people.
Question: What was the first Reggae song you ever heard?
“Is this Love” Bob Marley
Question: Who and what are your influences?
I’ve listened lots of Reggae bands like Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Israël Vibrations and others…. But for me Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Hugh Mundell represent truly the real roots of Reggae Music
Question: What style of reggae is played often in your country?
It’s “French” Reggae. Some artists distinguish themselves from the others.
Question: Was the fact that Reggae is English and Patois a barrier? Is there French Patois..lol?
Not at all, there are any barriers in Reggae Music. There is a French patois, in the country, but we don’t use it in Reggae!
Question: Is Reggae mainstream and is it played on the radio there?
Yes Reggae Music is played on radio.
Question: How is Reggae influencing your culture?
Reggae is a culture. It’s Rastafari Culture
Question: If someone traveled to visit your home and wanted to hear reggae music what would they have to do?
It’s easy, people can look in specialized magazines, newspapers, on internet, and find different Reggae events in Paris.
Question: How would you describe your country's reggae sound and development?
Records companies and journalists are not very open on reggae music, But I think it’s gonna be better, it’s gonna be cool.
Question: Who is your favorite Reggae Artist?
Bob Marley by the strength of his musical technic and the power of his vibes.
Question: Where do you think Reggae will be in 10 years time in your country?
I think reggae Music will always be there in France and everywhere. It will be nice.
Reggae Music is a Culture, a way of life and the Rastamen will be there forever
Question: Do you think there is anything preventing Reggae from flourishing for you and your fellow artists in your country?
Yes in every countries because Reggae Music tell the true and Babylon don’t like it!
Reggae Music is a Music of Love
Question: In some countries you might see people wearing a Jamaican-style hat with fake dreadlocks attached when they attend reggae concerts and other events. Do you see anything that you see in your country?
Of course there are lots of Rastamen in France, lots of Reggae events.France has a musical Power, Paris is a city with lots of musicians.
Question: Have you ever been to Jamaica?
Yes I’ve been to Jamaica to record my second Album and my third Album in Kingston studio, Peter Black studio, with the Wailers such as Aston Familyman Barrett, Vin Gordon, Glen Da Costa, Bembow Creary (first drummer of Bob Marley)….
And I love Jamaica a lot!
Question: Do you have many/any Jamaican people living in your country?
Yes they are some Jamaicans living in France, especially in Paris.
Question: Do you eat Jamaican food? Can you get it in your country?
Yes I eat Jamaican food, African food and French food!
Yes we can find Jamaican food in Paris! Paris is a big city, very cosmopolitan, with lots of people from all the countries.
Question: Thanks for the interview. Do you have any final words?
Big hello to all the Rastaman and all the Jamaicans. I wish them a Good Life and Good Vibes God Bless You All and I Love Jamaica. Thanks to Jamaica I’m a Rastaman
I’m also Jamaican in my heart
Découvrez le clip de Day after Day, morceau tiré du 4e album de Hosny. Sa musique authentique, moderne et rebelle, diffuse un message positif d’Amour et de Paix pour tous les peuples.
Hosny no es sólo el nombre de la banda sino también el del líder de esta banda de reggae francesa que te presentamos en esta ya clásica sección de Surf & Rock FM.
Autor, compositor e intérprete, es el líder carismático del reggae grupo Hosny Good Morning Babylones.
Su música autentica, moderna y rebelde, difunde un mensaje positivo de amor y paz para todos los pueblos.
Su primer disco, “Radical Fighters”, fue el encargado de iniciar la nueva ola de reggae francés y, actualmente, esta rankeado dentro de los más vendidos en Inglaterra.
Sus siguientes trabajos, “Unité Universelle” y “Rasta Rebel”, fueron grabados tanto en París como en Jamaica, donde participaron en la grabación los Wailers, banda que lideró Bob Marley.
Hosny Good Morning Babylones esta conformada por Hosny en voz, teclados y percusión, Frank Montegari en batería, Michael Sene en bajo, Vivi en guitarra, Christian Moor en teclados, y Kali Mamen Kamga Pascale y Marie Do Luce en coros.
Mirá el video de “Day alter day” de Hosny Good Morning Babylones
HOSNY POWERFUL ROOTS ROCK REGGAE MUSIC. HOSNY HAS RECORDED 3 ALBUMS WITH THE BOB MARLEY'S WAILERS BETWEEN KINGSTON JAMAICA AND PARIS.
NOW RELEASING HIS 4TH ALBUM HOSNY BRINGS GREAT VIBES FROM FRANCE!
Hosny Good Morning Babylones is one of France's upcoming reggae band.
The band leader is singer and composer HOSNY. His first album, “Radical Fighters”, launched the Reggae movement in France, and was on the top of the charts in France and in England.
He recorded his second album “Unité Universelle” and his third album “Rasta Rebel” between Kingston, Jamaica and Paris with the Wailers, Bob Marley’s musicians.
The 4th album of Hosny is now ready You can see all informations, video clips, 3 MP3 songs of the 4th Album, lots of MP3 of the others Albums, pictures HERE
Its time to start paying attention to our French neighbours it seems. Former Wailers' organ player Tyrone Downie already has, and he's but one of a number of quality musicians on show here. Keyboardist Ras Tea has played with Jimmy Cliff and bassist Junior MclcLear with Aswad, whilst singers Kali, Kate, Levy and Akiba backed The Wailers on their '97 tour.
Not unexpectedly The Good Morning babylones are a live band, complemented by a full horn section and led by singer/songwriter Hosny, whose urgent Marley-like remonstrations we'll assume deal with a mixture of roots and political themes.
As they're sung in French, I can't understand a word! Music like this shares similar aspirations to that of past British roots bands like Aswad, Steel Pulse and Black Roots. They too were heavily influenced by Marley and sought to make roots rock reggae for an international audience, relying on skanking, precise musicianship and Rasta polemics to carry them through.