tv Pop Xport - Pop Xport Special Gentleman Deutsche Welle September 30, 2017 1:30am-2:00am CEST
child's play but he did it with passion. now it's time for his life size lego house to open its doors to. your romance in sixty minutes on d w. t take personally. with all the wonderful people in stories that make the game so special. for a true fan. club i. got more than football on mine. welcome to this special edition of pop export this time around we take an in-depth look at german reggae star gentleman. we'll be following the evolution of his
career his life credentials. and meeting some of his famous friends. a gentleman is germany's. he's shifted over a million records to date and has even made a name for himself in the birthplace of reggae jamaica. like. the one. in the germany has been honing his reggae sound and vocals for over twenty . years so diverse that i can find a song for every atmosphere so i never tire of it and that's the biggest misunderstanding about reggae that it always sounds the same if you listen to jamaican radio station you notice how varied the music is and the and shouted and. just the music i. just commitment has been rewarded with
a string of hits singles and albums the second album journey to john and have a disc and a german record industry award for best newcomer. the two thousand for follow up confidence shot to the top of the german charts and sold a quarter of a million copies. and it's kept on coming two thousand and seven is and other intensity delivered what the title promised. i think of health records development in germany but if i hadn't someone else would have. it's just a joy in rock music that has to be discovered sooner or later and. ten auto whose father was a dickhead discovered the sound of reggae as a teenager in his brother's record collection. eventually dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music. in the late ninety nine
he started building up or following for himself the day his festivals across europe . sing with. me well to make up became a second time the. kind all there's no other place where i can feel music like in jamaica. he was seventeen when he first visit to the island and its music scene was apparently so polite that some locals nicknamed him gentleman he kept returning learning to make impact and recording a series of songs he's one of the few european record musicians to have and respect in jamaica. this. man was a bit of info in jamaica it was my music is now accepted in jamaica i don't need for a long time people knew the songs but didn't know who some it is. now i've become
part of the music here when it started when you type people know me they talk to me on the street and i get a lot of love and respect. and all the respect. that i. respect also from jamaican musicians such as barrington levy and daddy rings who performed on khan told us down. jamaica is also often the backdrop for gentlemen's videos notably. gentleman has been commuting between cologne and kingston for over twenty years now . and twenty twelve he recorded some of his six studio album new day join in jamaica it's been called his most intimate amateur record.
that jamaica is from jamaica remains my main place of inspiration and there's nowhere else where i'm so focused on making music without destruction up killing bin for the most is nothing. but it doesn't always have to be jamaica. the video for the single that you remember was shot over the rooftops of new york city the next thing. you remember is a song with a message about returning to the essentials in order to look ahead with my new determination your objective is a gentleman is positive about the future. and
come closer to my goal of expressing myself musically i don't know if i'll ever really get there completely but this feeling of being on the right path gives me an you know harmony. determine the journey to continue. to. play. the. gentleman third album confidence comprised a whopping nine hundred tracks it debuted at number one in germany on its. released in two thousand and four here's one of the hits it produced the love song intoxication. how to.
in twenty gentleman was granted a stint on the high profile the m.t.v. unplugged show he was joined on stage by an array of all the big name artists here's a look behind the scenes of the life recording in cologne. but judging. by. your. m.t.v. unplugged was a superior opportunity for a gentleman and one he clearly rattled and. he's played over a thousand concerts in the last twenty years but this was a very special gig. sophy that there are so many good m.t.v. unplugged albums it's an absolute gift to be able to do this in such
a venue venue with. the concerts was recorded and colognes renowned garden in august twenty four teams the two dozen musicians involved rehearsed for two weeks before the big day. for let's have a fantastic reggae party fire. it was. a crucial element of the unplugged concept is to perform with friends so gentlemen invited jamaican superstar shaggy to cologne. german folk pop duo milky chants were also invited. and i was always. a little bit taken say yes to that i.
would like. that. since jamaica is gentleman second home he knows a lot of reggae stars personally including christopher martin. that. make it. up to him self in reggae music in such a way that if you didn't know he was german you would have thought he was just making. stuff from slavery he was bringing. a tonic and one of the high points of the show was
a cover of bob marley's redemption song gentlemen performed with marley son kimani as well as camp you know from german punk rock veterans to total holes and the old punk bands always used to play with the way about. the clash good old are good to know so it will be record found one of the moments a pleasure to be. to have to. leave. the m.t.v. unplugged concert was one big party and joining the family of friends for the occasion was gentlemens wife and regular backing. tom eco seen here on the left. the resulting album subsequently made it into the german top ten. a few years before appearing in that live performance christopher monckton collaborated with gentleman on the single to the top the two men evidently had
intend to travel to ethiopia with the. project their campaigns for clean water world why. he went to the village of soda with this water pump installation has improved life political consideration. i moved by that there's a very different intensity when you go to a party. i also visited a school that receives funds from the german charity. every. i doubt i never thought it. was still an ethiopian he wrote a song about his impressions today. but . gentleman shot to fame in nine hundred
ninety s. when he performed on top with german hip hop group for his first. at the time he still went by the name mr gentleman the track reached number thirteen in the german charts. in two thousand and five gentlemen teamed up with turkish musician most of us on the record which means rebels. the song stayed in the german charts for twenty four weeks and peaked at number six. and gentleman worked with a german hip hop band beginner on. the single reached number one in the german charts and sold four hundred thousand copies making it gentleman says most successful release of.
the two thousand and fourteen so the release of a documentary called journey to john for seven years two filmmakers accompanied gentleman and italian reggae singer albert mostly in jamaica with. how the two have made the caribbean island nation their spiritual home and how they've been most themselves into american culture and. everything from the vibrant world of pop music on facebook at news a. story of stars and the latest from the music scene. join us in the universe of pop on facebook send us a message we love hearing from. new dawn from twenty thirteen was the first gentleman album with all tracks penned by the artist himself. including the single you remember which recalls the days when
people used to write letters to each other. that good things that many of us know every day and jabber about it was good to see them out everybody one rebel without . a low down south. pole. into. the sky which i get to our landlady. would love. to listen to the know that i never look at each. end user. but you. don't know that you. can stick to it it's.
such. in twenty sixteen a dream came true for gentleman he got to record an entire album with one of the sons of his greatest title. the resulting work co-written and performed with kimani mommy it's called conversations. gemini's biggest red. money money on a joint journey back in time as they sing their version of bob marley's similar down to just one of them many conversations. now you are reaching. you know it was
a lot of noise to work it out very natural and what i like about this project is bill gross i like he was what you can look to for you know really music is always the first love for the last love but you know so the stars are going to be framed and you cannot put it in the sort of. the second set. pricing her role as backing singer from the original recording jamaican reggae stahmann griffith. the grandmaster griffin is the only guest on the album yes and it's such a she really made it and she came to join us on the get your child. i don't think i was even born at that time when simm a donor was recorded and i was one of the persons who embraced the song that bob did his dad and. i had no reaction at that time that i would be here.
you know doing a remake of the song with. my son keep me i make a stage i'm playing the team and the first man has a festival and in twenty fourteen they performed together at gentleman's m.t.v. unplugged show in cologne says a mutual respect and their work together and then why in. the world has been the form of gentleman so you can learn from the way he writes means. he learned from the articulated this. from the sounds of i've learned a lot in this process is so much joy to work with every day appreciate it yeah. i know.
the tracks were recorded in miami and not just classic covers but also a regional material such as mama. oh. yeah the female energy is what keeps us alive you know its mother. is mostly. you know it women you know and and their words with you kind of keep everything together. you know i. like them sound can protect them. just so we can remember this when it came to style they allow themselves plenty of freedom playing roots reggae as well as ballads they see that collaboration as much more than work and it was a blast i believe that nothing in life is coincidence nothing really changes happen
there's no such thing as not some things it's written and so therefore this album was just a manifestation of that it was a part of our story different. conversations was a top ten hit in the summer twenty sixteen gentleman and kimani mani went on to wow the crowds at major festivals across. down. to round picks more special here's a veritable classic from gentleman different places its message. and wherever you hail from think. and enjoy life.
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