Monday, 25 November 2013

IN THE GROOVE: Two of our favourite musicians reflect on their soulful new projects -- and doing things their way

TRUE ORIGINAL: Florida-based reggae superstar Stephen Marley on the weekend co-headlined the Miami Reggae Festival, rocking a massive crowd at Coconut Grove. A week ago, as part of promotion for the festival and his new disc, The Fruit of Life, Marley had word with the Broward Palm Beach New Times. "Music is my foundation and way of life," he told the paper, "the only thing that comes close is soccer." Of life in the tropics inspiring some of his best tunes, he noted, "We love the sunshine, so the light reflects in our music." The Fruit of Life features contributions from guest acts like Rakim, Black Thought, Wyclef Jean and brother Damian Marley, who appears on the hard-hitting jam "Bongo Nyah."

IN FULL BLOOM: With your star on the rise, it's a given (for little-known singer-songwriters) that you'll attract new admirers who've started feeling your vibe. Ever-on-the-grind songstress Stephanie is certainly no exception. "My fanbase is definitely growing," admits the 28-year-old song stylist, whose latest effort, The Christmas Collection, comes fast on the heels of her debut EP, Real Woman (released only a few months ago) and ahead of her full-length first album and an inspirational disc, both of which are works-in-progress due out next year. "I think I'm definitely moving a little bit faster now," Stephanie says of her life in and outside the recording studio. "I do see things hitting off before I hit the big 3-0."

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