Launch day tomorrow for De Lovell’s album
James De Lovell’s album Interpretation of Traditions will be launched tomorrow.
His travels over the past 20 years as a performer and teacher saw him studying with increasing fascination, the many different styles of music from around the world, and by extension, their associated religions and cultures.
We Barbadians say that our culture is a mixture of several cultures interpreted in our own way. It was on this popular premise that the album Interpretation of Traditions was conceptualised.
2012 marks a decade since his debut album First Born was released. Therefore the album Interpretation of Traditions reflects in James’ words, “…10 years of rhythmic and cultural experiences… A fusion of musical pop influences and Barbados’ rhythms & dialect.”
James uses his musical skills as a drummer, percussionist and DJ to produce a musical blend of Barbados and the rest of the world. Definitely a wicked drummer’s album … but with a certain sweetness that creates an irresistible urge to bounce and say “yeah B!”, no matter where you’re from.
Like the artist, the album features strong positive attitudes, deep reflection, a zest for life, respect for traditions past present and future, and the certainty that the audience will love it, as his fans love him.
The album calls on the energies of some the musicians with whom he gained much of his experience over the years including Grammy Award winning Jimmy Senja Haynes (Steel Pulse & Aswad), Grammy Nominee and creator of Ragga Soca Nicholas Brancker, Elan Trotman, Leonard Griffith (Ngoma), Darien Bailey (Machel Montano HD), and DJ Hurricane to name a few.
The album meant as a tribute to “the Ancestors” comes after months of the artist teasing fans with pre-releases Humbug Communication, Get up Stand up, Ancestors and Favorite Things created a stir on local radio stations.
De Lovell, known for his precision, dynamic performance and stubborn dedication to Caribbean culture proudly presents the album as a fully Bajan product in preparation for his return to the stage after almost a decade. He is promising fans several live performance dates over the next few weeks.†