Dancehall Tours - hosted by Pantason - Episode 14 - T'Jean

Published May 9, 2020 01:05 p.m. ET

Welcome to Dancehall Tours a series where we interview artists about how cannabis plays a part in their music. ⁣

Today our host Pantason interviews T'Jean Bennett. T'Jean is to the music born. Son of acclaimed music producer Mikie Bennett and brother of singer Nicky B, music production, singing and song-writing run in the family. When it came time to choose, T ‘Jean chose production, working with almost all the top dancehall artistes at Grafton, the studio founded by his father. A practicing Rastafarian, T ‘Jean Bennett has collaborated with Chronixx on Selassie I Way in 2013, Prayer with Tarrus Riley and Ark of the Covenant with Sizzla, Bugle and others.

A desire to create the kind of music he wanted to hear drove T'Jean to master sound engineering so he could build his own riddims. Finding there was something missing from the current musical offerings and unsatisfied with the kind of songs and lyrics local DJs were putting to his riddims he started moving away from dancehall towards ‘conscious’ music young people could vibe to. He realized that if he wanted to hear the music his heart and soul were signaling, he would not only have to write his own lyrics, he would have to literally voice them himself, something he certainly had the pedigree to do. Thus was born T ‘Jean Bennett, the singer of tunes such as Dry Bones and Brainwashed.


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