tv Pop Xport - Pop Xport Special Gentleman Deutsche Welle October 1, 2017 4:30am-5:01am CEST
a pretty cranky. maxim or it's a storybook success. forty five. w. . what does a football loving country need to reach its goals. we'll tell you how the german soccer made it back to the top. in our web special w dot com. football made in germany. 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 checking out his life credentials. and meeting some of his famous friends.
a gentleman is germany's biggest drag a performer he's shifted over a million records to date and has even made a name for himself in the birthplace of reggae jamaica. plain. the one i need some time in germany has been honing his radio style sound and vocals for over twenty years. gregg is in good faith rick is 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 name and you know if you listen to jamaican radio station you notice how varied the music is and the and shouted and when the fuser just to move the guy it's a gentleman's commitment has been rewarded with a string of hits. singles and albums the second album journey to john and i'm
a go disc and a german record industry award for best newcomer. the two thousand and four follow up confidence shot to the top of the german charts and sold a quarter of a million copies. it's kept on coming two thousand and seven is and other intensity delivered what the title promised. i think helped records development in germany he says but if i hadn't someone else would have it's just a joiner of music that has to be discovered sooner or later and. turn on auto whose father was a dickhead discovered the sound of reggae as a teenager in his brothers record collection. he eventually dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music. in the late nine hundred
ninety s. he started building up the following for himself at various festivals across europe . meanwhile jamaica became the second time. it's kind of all this know what the 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 just he kept returning learning to make impact and recording a series of songs he's one of the few european reagan musicians to have and respect in jamaica. this. man was a bit of info in jamaica was my music is now accepted in jamaica for a long time people knew the songs but didn't know who some it. but now i've become
part of the music here when it started when you type people know me they talk to me on the streets and i get a lot of love and respect. and all the respect. that . respect also from jamaican musicians such as barrington levy and the rings you performed on contact us down. jamaica is also often the backdrop for gentlemen's videos make. it look like a. 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 the jamaica remains my main place of inspiration and. there's nowhere else where i'm so focused on making music without destruction killing bin from the. candidates but it doesn't always have to be to my cat. the video for the single that you remember was shot over the rooftops of new york city that's next thing all the. you remember is a song with a message about returning to the essentials in order to look ahead with me new to determination your objectivist. gentleman is positive about the future i would. come closer to my goal of expressing my. musically i don't know if i'll ever
remember get there completely but this feeling of being on the right path. in a harmony. with. the gentleman that. continues. to. play. the. gentleman third album confidence comprised a whopping nine hundred tracks it debuted at number one in germany on its release in two thousand and four here's one of the hits it produced the love song intoxication.
in twenty gentlemen was granted a stint on the high profile m.t.v. unplugged show he was joined on stage by no ray of all the big name artists here's a look behind the scenes of the life recording in cologne. but just like. your dad. m.t.v. unplugged was a superior opportunity for gentleman and one he clearly reveled in. he's played over a thousand concerts in the last twenty years but this was a very special gig. since a few days 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. they've told us. they are going to look at the old us a crucial element of the unplugged concept is to perform with friends so gentlemen invited jamaican superstar shaggy to cologne. told. us. it was a. german folk pop duo milky chance were also invited. to a little bit take say yes to that at. the
time. but. since jamaica is gentleman second home he knows a lot of reggae stars personally including christopher martin. that. i am 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 jamaican . such from slavery. let's bring our. panel. 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 television homes and the old punk bands always used to play with the way about and the clash got all the good to know so it will be a reggae fan kind of synonymous a pleasure to be. had to. be done by. 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 singer tommy ko seen here on the left. the resulting album subsequently made it into the german top ten. a few years before appearing in that light performance christopher monckton collaborated with gentleman on the single to the top of the two men evidently had plenty of fun shooting the video in morocco.
intent. with neither kind of the base project that campaigns for clean water world wine. he went to the village of soda where this was a pump installation has improved life considerably. i moved but there's a very different intensity when you go to the parts. i also visited a school that receives funds from the german charity. that. i never thought it. was still an ethiopian he wrote a song about his impressions today. still. trying. to. gentleman shot to fame in nine hundred ninety
eight when he performed on top with german hip hop group for his cause first at the time he still went by the name mr gentleman on the track reached number thirteen in the german charts. show. in two thousand and five gentlemen teamed up with turkish musician most of us sound old to record which means rebels. the song stayed in the german charts for twenty four weeks and peaked at number six. again. and gentlemen worked with a german hip hop band beginner on. the single reached number one in the german charts and sold for one hundred thousand copies making it gentleman says most successful release ever. got the two thousand and fourteen so the release of
a documentary called journey to job for seven years two filmmakers a company gentleman and italian reggae singer all below sea into mica with the film says 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 music story songs and the latest from the music scene. join us in the universe of pop on facebook to 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
huge was. that last. in twenty sixteen a dream came true for gentleman he got to record an entire album with one of the sons of it's great to start all. the resulting work written and performed with kimani money it's called conversations. with. good guys just. gemini's biggest reggae star and 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 for must. you know it was recognized teamwork and it has been very natural
and what i like about this project is very very surprised i like it was what you cannot define it no you know really music is always the first love or the last love but you know so the sun is a killer the frame and you cannot put it in there so it's got to go to the second set. pricing her role as backing singer from the original recording jamaican reggae stan griffith. the red mercer 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 giving your child. i don't think the money was even born at that time when simm a donor was recorded and i was one of the persons who will embrace that song that bob did his dad and. i had no preacher at that. i would be
here. you know doing a remake of the song with. my son. they make us a chum for a man the first man says a festival and twenty fourteen they perform together at gentleman's m.t.v. unplugged show in cologne says a mutual respect in their work together. has been from a gentleman so you can learn from the way he writes me. from the heart to kill it's from the sounds of i've learned a lot in this process it's so much joy to work with. which. tracks were recorded in miami and. not
just covers but also a regional material such as mama. grizzly. is what keeps us alive you know it's. just. you know it you know and and their words with you kind of. you know. we can remember. they allow themselves plenty of freedom playing roots reggae as well as. they see that collaboration is much more than we were last i believe the thing in life is coincidence nothing just happened there's no such thing as something. it's written and so therefore this album was just
a manifestation of that there was a part of our story there but it. was a top ten hit in some of twenty sixteen. went on to wow the crowds at major festivals across. and to round up this pop explode special here's a veritable classic from gentlemen different places its message. and wherever you hail from think positive and enjoy life. the.
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