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20 Questions for rising Reggae artiste Jah Bouks

Jah Bouks was born Warin Shaw in Winchester, St.Thomas Jamaica. Last summer 2013, he recorded what probably was the biggest tune of the year “ANGOLA”.

Q: You premiered the song “Angola” at the Magnum kings and queens competition 2013, are you surprised you didn’t win?
Winning  was not the intention  the game plan was to gain the intense exposure that the competition has to offer I saw it as an opportunity to showcase my talent to Jamaica on a weekly basis                                                    

Q: How does it feel to have produced a big hit?
It’s a great honour and a privilege having a hit song that will be appreciated and loved by fans for my lifetime and beyond

Q: How long have you been in the music business?
I have been in the music business for over 25 years, been singing and writing my songs since I was 12 years old.

Q: Are you amazed by the popularity of the song?
I am very amazed by its popularity and very moved by the level of love the song is receiving from the fans(my fans)

Q: What are your plans to release new music in 2014?
Currently am focusing on my album and yes there are plans to release more new music in 2014 and beyond

Q: Are you planning any international tours/shows anytime soon?
Plans are being discussed at the moment for international appearances such as tours and shows, as soon as they are confirmed it will be released to the press.  

Q: Who do you look forward to collaborating with?

I have respect for all musicians and look forward to working with any artiste who is willing to work with me.

Q: Your inspiration and inner peace reveals words from the ancestors. Would you say the song success is testament to your growth as a Rastaman?
The inspiration of the song is based on spiritual connections between me and my ancestors and me being a Rastaman with a unconditional love for the motherland Africa, The song has helped me to grow more as a Rastaman.

Q: Who is your favorite reggae artist of all time?
The real big man himself Peter Tosh

Q: Do you think Rastafarians have gained more respect for their resistance music and social control teachings in the Jamaican society?
Yes I think Rasta has gained more recognition and respect in Jamaican society as the teachings of Rastafari is finally being recognized as fact and truth by the society and is being acknowledged the government, it’s a slow but sure process being driven by our messages in our positive music.

Q: What are your thoughts in response to the government move to free the “ Holy Herb?”
Time is the master of all things and what is to be must be, in the words of Peter Tosh “LEGALIZE IT”.

Give thanks for reaching out, more success and more Life Idren. Keep climbing the charts! Jah guidance!


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Phil Dinham