Bratt and Kuko, two Spanish musicians/producers, are big time lovers of reggae music, and have come to Jamaica to hone their reggae skills to return to spread the art form in their native country, Spain.
Bratt and Kuko are devoted to reggae music. When Kuko was 16 years-old, he went to an African bar in Madrid, Spain to see an afro-reggae band play, and after that night, he felt helplessly, hopelessly in love with reggae music. And that affair has lasted 16 years.
But what about Flamengo music?
"Mi no like that! Fire pon dat! That is prehistoric music, bomboclaat!"
Talk about your die-hard reggae lover!
He and his friend Bratt have been to Jamaica seven times in the last decade, in search of that authentic Jamaican reggae feel.
"I am here to feel the vibes, and learn from everyone about reggae music, and feel the energy. If you want authentic Flamengo, you go to Spain, if you want authentic reggae, you have to come to Jamaica," Bratt said.
"Right now, reggae is growing in Spain, it may be bigger in Germany, and other European countries, but my mission right now is to spread reggae to every corner of Spain."
Four years ago, they got their band together called Canaman, and did an album called ‘Fronteras (Borders)’ that sold moderately well in Spain.
"We came to Jamaica to Anchor Recording studio and recorded all the musicians for the song, it was a big project, we had Nando producing plus combinations with Capleton, Marcia Griffiths, and Louis Culture, we really learned a lot," Kuko said.
Now, this time, they have flipped the script a little, and now have played their own instruments on their latest project, the 'Mad Sensi'.
"We have just brought it here now to have it mixed, we are doing combinations with Jr. Kelly, Frisco Kid, Lutan Fyah, Luciano, Mikey General and Bongo Herman The big producer, Fattaman is mixing the riddim to give us that real reggae feel," Kuko said.
Kuko is an accomplished reggae musician, and once shared a stage with Anthony B, Coco Tea and Freddie McGregor in a show in Jamaica a few years ago.
"Our backing band, Canaman is wicked wicked, and we perform all over Spain, and we use the money we earn and put it back into the music, trying to improve our sound, we record a lot of music in Spain," Kuko said.
The first volume of the 'Mad Sensi' project will be released in January 2006.
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