Artist of the Week: Garnett Silk

Garnett Silk

Garnett Silk (born Garnet Damion Smith), April 2, 1966 was without question one of the greatest voices of Reggae at the end of the 1980’s. Garnett Silk had brought with him the rebellious sound with him from his home parish of Manchester in Jamaica and brought it to the forefront of the 1990s Reggae/Dancehall scene.

He had always known his path would be paved by the rhythm of the music and the bandwidth of radio as Little Bimbo( completely different from what you are thinking) as he was affectionately called when he began his music career at 12 years old. As Silk matured into adulthood his craft grew ever more professional, the lyrical themes and production became more immersive and it had become clear to the masses that he was it, the next big ting from Jamrock.

It’s Growing (1992)

Its Growing was release in 1992 amidst huge critical praise with AllMusic awarded the album 4.4 stars out of 5. The piece was a triumph. More important than the critics opinions was the fact that Silk stayed true to his belief in Rasta which guided him musical and directed his themes and lyrical delivery. Check out the review here, http://www.allmusic.com/album/its-growing-mw0000113108

Songs from the album include:

The artist career had seemed destined for the stratosphere when he sign a distribution with international label Atlantic and had began working on tracks with legendary producers  Steely & Clevie, Sly & Robbie among others. However his faith would take a heartbreaking turn for the worst when he went on a routine trip to visit his mother in the country. While he and his friends were reasoning one allegedly offered to demonstrate his skills and the firearm went off hitting a gas tank in the home. Silk, his brother and friends made it out unharmed, but they soon realized his mother was still inside the inferno Silk dashed back in to save her and the burning flames engulfed the house with them; killing both December 9, 1994; he was just 28 years old.

It is a truly sad end for a man who may have been the new ambassador for Reggae music. Regardless like Marley his music still lives on in dance hall sessions and parties in Jamaica, however he didn’t gain much popularity internationally and hence is largely unknown on the global scene.

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