Monday, 28 May 2012

A MAN APART: Cover star Prodigal riffs on giving back, Junior Gong, and Tyler Perry

SOLO STAR: "I hate monotony. I choose music based on lyrical content."

The mission behind Freedom Fest: “It’s my charity. And the mission is triple R: Radikal reaching Radikal. I started out this thing years ago doing Recharge, but I wanted more than just a concert. So what I did three years ago was change the name to Freedom Fest. People are free to worship, free to enter and free to just have fun. It’s just as its name says. And we’ll have free health clinics all day. Last year we gave way about 300 reading glasses. This year we’re doing 400. This year the event is a three-in-one. We’re having the free health fair and fun day, we’re launching the new album, and it’s my birthday celebration as well. So we’ll be popping a little sup’m, sup’m. (Laughs).

What’s on your music playlist?: Right now I’m listening to Dwayne Murphy, who is a bad, bad likkle artiste, and Sean Lypher. I like John Legend, Junior Gong, Konshens, and Sasco. Those are the ones I’m listening to right, right now. I hate monotony, so I choose music based on lyrical content. I really like how Junior Gong puts his stuff together. The guy just sees things differently. Outside of black and white, you have colours. And that’s what I like.

Three things you can’t live without: My family, money, and God.

Latest fashion splurge: A Carlton Brown suit.

Travel essentials: Cologne, Bible, money and my cellphone.

Made you cry: Losing my grandmother a while back. I lost my mommy last year, so Mother’s Day was a bittersweet moment for me. I cried for almost the whole day.

Memorable concert attended: Beres Hammond’s “A Moment In Time,” the first one, at the National Arena.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?: Being able to give back to society.

What is your current state of mind?: I really want to achieve more so I can give more. I want to build a half-way house.

Who are your heroes in real life?: My grandmother, even though she’s gone. I really admire Tyler Perry. And God, of course.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?: I wish I could grow my hair longer. (Laughs).

What is it that you most dislike?: Prejudice

What is the quality that you most like in other people?: Honesty

DREAM TEAM: Prodigal, with Stephen Miller of Freedom Fest sponsors LIME.

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