Jamaica’s Marlon Minott: exposing talents to the world

HIS LOVE for music, along with the ability to unearth new talent, is what motivates 43-year-old Marlon Minott, who is determined to showcase Portland’s musical minds, writes Gareth Davis in Jamaica’s Gleaner.

From the tender age of 16, Minott got involved in music while living in the United States (US), where he started out as a disc jockey, then to a selector, and afterwards a songwriter. The years following his musical growth would result in him being involved in several sound-system clashes with Jamaica’s finest, including Stone Love and Bass Odyssey.

“Back then, I was selector, “Music has been a part of me from as far back as I can remember. I have returned to Jamaica, and before setting foot back here, I made a pledge to seek out new talents and to have them exposed,” related Minott.

“The music industry is always in need of new voices or talents, and for one to become an international artiste, one has to start from the beginning. Portland is loaded with talents; however, one of the problems that I have identified is that these young talents are oftentimes exploited,” he added.

Minott, who is now a producer, since returning home, has worked with many artistes, including recording artiste and one-time member of shocking vibes, Versatile. He has also worked with Higher Rock, who is now a member of the alliance group headed by DJ sensation Bounty Killer and Mystic, Jamaica’s number-one female dancer.

But probably Minott’s biggest success to date and claim to fame is that of the role played in unearthing the first Digicel rising star winner Winston ‘Cavan’ Lewis, who was fashioned, groomed and guided by him.

Today, Minott is on the verge of a major breakthrough with the soon-to-be-launched album from one his new talents, Night Hawk. According to Minott, VP records has expressed an interest in the album, which so far has one of its recordings, Grow Mi Natty, being played in 13 European countries, including Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

Continuing Minott said: “I also manage the South Side Burns backing band in Hawaii, which will commence recordings for this album.

“Only three tracks are needed to complete the album, and this will precede an extensive tour of several states in the US, including Brooklyn, California, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Connecticut, respectively.

“I believe that persons only need an opportunity to showcase their talents, and I am willing to go to the extreme to do so.”

And Minott, who boasted about his inborn talent towards music, pointed out that his exposure to music was influenced by his father, Albert Minott, who is the leader of the Jolly Boys, a Jamaican folk group that is creating waves internationally.

“I am going beyond the skies. I am aiming for the galaxy, and shortly I will commence the writing of my résumé, with the intention of attraction investors to support this musical initiative of unearthing new and raw talents in Portland,” he concluded.

For the original report go to http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110910/news/news4.html

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