This Interview is recently published in Irie Magazine Issue #8 which is available for download here:
Danny Creatah caught up with Lutan Fyah on a sunny day in Amsterdam for a short reasoning about his latest Album ‘Get Rid A Di Wicked’ which dropped on june 10, 2014.
IRIE. Its summertime again, that means touring a lot for you to promote your new album Get Rid A Di Wicked produced by Richard “Breadback” Bramwell. Would u like to tell us a bit more about producing this album. Did u make it with a special message in mind?
LUTAN FYAH. Well this album was freely made without an idea of what we want to do. We were just recording songs.
IRIE. The album dropped only 8 months after you released the wicked Life of a King Album. Do u plan to drop an album every year? You seem to be on a roll…
LUTAN FYAH. Well from the music is made I won’t hold it back. This is a lifetime music, the millennium music. It keeps coming.
IRIE. You included an 11 minute interview on the album as a bonus. What was the reason behind this addition to the album?
LUTAN FYAH. The interview was Breadbacks’ idea and it was something I wanted to do so I used the opportunity to speak a little about me. Just to reason a bit with my people who may want to hear me more in reasoning.
IRIE. I noticed there are a lot of ‘Love tracks’ on this album, like Baby I’m your love, Jamaican Girl, ‘Enchanting Smile’ and ‘This Love’ with Lady G. Is there a special reason for you to record songs like these?
LUTAN FYAH. I always love to sing about a woman and what a real woman stand for. As a cultural minded artist I have to sing to defend and uplift the female, even though sometimes it may sound like a love song. And most times it’s for special reasons.
IRIE. How did the collaboration between you and Lady G for the track ‘This Love’ come together?
LUTAN FYAH. This song was put together a weird way, I did my parts and went on Tour and then Lady G did the rest. There wasn’t a concept or real idea as to what we want to sing about, I just sing my lines in that way and go. A few months after Lady G did her parts .
IRIE. The song ‘Get Rid A Di Wicked’ has a very strong message. Why did you choose this title?
LUTAN FYAH. Only one reason and its the upliftment of real life and good people In a way where we can organize and utilize the good of the earth the right way. Humanity is drifting more and more from it’s real state, we know not whether we drifting backward or forward, we never realize because we are so distracted. Now we might end up on the wrong path. ‘Get Rid A The Wicked’ means get out of the physical and mental trap that was created .
IRIE. In Irie Magazine Issue #5 we featured the track Rebel Warrior, which is not on your new album. Can u tell us a bit more about this track?
LUTAN FYAH. Rebel Warrior! I rebel against negative stigma that the system place on some of us due to the place that you were born and grow.
IRIE. You were also working on the Music Never Dies project with I Grade Records, when can we expect this to drop?
LUTAN FYAH. Music never dies… it’s in the making!
IRIE. I recently saw you perform at Summerjam Germany and again you gave an energetic performance. This time you called Iba Mahr on stage during Life of a King… how do u look at these talented upcoming youths that managed to rebrand jamaican music into conscious music again instead of all the slackness.
LUTAN FYAH. I say Jah Live! This will always be when youngeryouths is there to continue the journey of a positive message via music. It was never a surprise to me when new talent rise. And I give more thanks when consciousness is on a rise.
IRIE. Your first album was recorded at Buju Bantons’ Gargamel Studios, are you still in contact with Buju now that hes in prison? Is Buju the kind of person that inspires you?
LUTAN FYAH. Buju music is a inspiration. I think reggae misses Buju.
IRIE. If you look back in history which other artists did inspire you to do what you do today?
LUTAN FYAH. The Music that I heard when growing up is my inspiration, never normally had a favourite artist. I love music! The songs I heard back in the ‘80s. When sound system was in the time. I was keen to learn everything about music. Be a DJ ,singer, Sound Owner/studio, dancehall, technician etc.
IRIE. Appearantly, when I listen around, there seem to be a lot of ways to interpret being a Rasta, what does it mean to you?
LUTAN FYAH. Rasta is prince and princesses of the highest noble, With Haile Selassie the nucleus of our humanity. The King of Kings of Ethiopia. Pure and original in our life of living. Rasta mean life to me the life I live is what I call Rastafari Way.
IRIE. Are there certain goals or dreams that you stil want to achieve?
LUTAN FYAH. I have goals in life yes… My goals are one that is paramount for Rasta movement and culture. I would want in this lifetime that I do some significant development in Africa: School, Medical Centre or Some part in the industrializing process. That’s what I really really want to be involved in … With my family by my side.
IRIE. As i said earlier, Festival Season has started again. Where can people expect to see you this year?
LUTAN FYAH. Just a few shows around Europe; Reggae Jam Germany, Chiemsee in Germany, Garance Festival in France and after that a Promo Tour for the album in the US.
IRIE. Is there anything that you would like to share with our readers, which you think they should know about?
LUTAN FYAH. Just keep in tune to the music! Blessed love.