In “Crown Princess of Reggae Picks up Her Father’s Mantle,” Janelle Oswald (The Voice) interviews Marla Brown, who speaks about her musical journey, her life, and love for her family and late father, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, reggae’s late Crown Prince—on his Earth Strong (he was born on February 1, 1957). Oswald writes:
Fresh from her first headline tour in Costa Rica, where she was greeted by screaming crowds, The Crown Princess of Reggae Marla Brown is in Jamaica to kick-start the island’s Reggae Month. The Princess shares with us her own musical journey and how her father Dennis Brown, fondly dubbed The Crown Prince of Reggae has inspired the world and her along the way.
Q: When did you realise you had a voice, and wanted to be heard?
A: My initial reason for singing was pretty much to tell the world how much I love my dad, not so much me choosing to be a singer. My family are my world and the best way to express love, to me, is through song.
Being dad’s child has given me a platform to express my worldly loves, these being – faith, love and unity. These factors have always been a passion of mine growing up. Through my journey of life I have always been communicating this through my art forms such as dance, drama and music, which have taken many stages of life to elaborate upon. However, I’ve been doing these things not so much to be heard, but to be received. [. . .]
[. . .] Where do you most feel at home – London or Kingston?
A: London is where I feel at home mainly because this is where I was born and raised and all the Browns are within proximity. We all live very close to one another, which is the best thing in the world for me. They are the Earl to my Grey [laughing].
I go to Jamaica to spend time at my dad’s grave, which is located at The National Hero’s Circle. The day he was buried was the last day I got to see his face.
Dad’s birthday falls on 1 February which is also the first day of Reggae Month in Jamaica. It is somewhat my mission to always celebrate with friends of my dad in his hometown and to let the people know his children are still here so, they can feel his presence through us when they miss him most. It is important to get involved with events in tribute to dad as I always want to learn and embrace what my dad has done for and in other people’s lives other than family.
For full article and interview, see http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/crown-princess-reggae-picks-her-fathers-mantle