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Reggae Artist #Kappo Uses New Video To Join The Fight For Legalization Of Marijuana In Jamaica

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Contributed Article – Emerging reggae artist, Kappo, has released the official video for his fast rising track, “sensimillia.” In the video, Kappo indicated which side he is on in the ongoing conversation about the legalization of ganja, particularly on the island of Jamaica. He and his team made it a point of duty to include a scene which shows them publicly demonstrating for the acceptance of marijuana.

Several clips in the video were shot in Westmorland (in Jamaica), one of the parishes known for growing cannabis in abundance. Following the video shoot, Kappo had this to say: “I think the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana is of much importance. If you look around you’ll see other countries gravitating towards this, especially for medicinal purposes, so we as Jamaicans need to also make a move in this direction.”

 

 

The song “Sensimillia” is now getting serious rotation on reggae platforms worldwide. The reviews from experienced, established reggae DJs (based in different parts of the world) are overwhelmingly positive. Since its release, Kappo has been extremely busy doing interviews, dubs, appearances etc. Several members of his team believe that the release of the official video will now intensify his schedule and possibly propel him further in the music industry.

Kappo hopes to break into mainstream

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Having excelled on Jamaica’s north coast scene, singer Kappo is keen to make a similar impact on the wider market. He thinks his latest song, ‘Sensimillia’, can do the trick.

The self-produced song was released early last year when the marijuana debate in Jamaica was hot. Coming from the tourism circuit, Kappo admits it can be frustrating shaking his cabaret tag.

“It is very difficult breaking into the mainstream especially when you are an independent artiste that’s trying to promote yourself and doing all the groundwork with little or no help at all,” he said.

Most of his songs have got airplay on small radio stations in western Jamaica, but he is yet to enjoy that traction in Kingston where the influential media is based.

“I think sometimes when you’re not a household name they just play it (song) once or twice if you’re lucky and you basically never get any more play,” he said.

Born Andrew Hanson in Clarendon, Kappo has been a fixture in north coast hotels since 1999.

Sensimillia, his most ambitious project to date, is released on his Kappomuzic label.

Kappo pens ode to Sensimillia

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For almost 20 years, Andrew Hanson has worked the north coast circuit as singer, Kappo. He also records, with his new single an ode to ‘the good weed’.

The self-produced Sensimillia was released in March last year, but with developments regarding ganja moving apace in Jamaica, Kappo is still pushing it.

“I fully support the decriminalisation of ganja,” he boldly stated.

Since late 2014, the Jamaican government has eased restrictions on the use of ganja. Legislations include making persons with small amounts of ganja exempt from prosecution.

Sensimillia, Kappo hopes, will get him in the mainstream. Performing on the north coast, he points out, has its benefits and disadvantages.

“The advantages of been a north coast act is that you have the opportunity to perform for all different kinds of visitors from all over the world, and it’s a building ground for me as an artiste,” he said. “Disadvantages are, corporate Jamaica never get to see or hear you and can also limit your chances of being able to make contact with producers in the main hub for the music which is in Kingston,” he added.

The Clarendon-born artiste kicked off his career in 1999 at Breezes Hotel in Montego Bay. He has performed at Pebbles Resort, Sandals Whitehouse, and Goldeneye, among others.

Kappo made his recording debut in 2005 with the original Never Wanna See You Cry.