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Buzzz Magazine, Kingston Jamaica


Humanitarianism through music has established and has set apart a number of musicians from their fellows, resulting in their ascension to iconic status.

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Michael Jackson and Jimmy Cliff are among those who have uttered mighty words, pleading the cause of the afflicted and the oppressed, resulting in world-wide adoration from those who hear them.
Irish man Owen Casey, born in the west of Ireland in a small town known as Portumna, is a musician in this present era who has the same approach. He has that fire in him, similar to the kind which made many culprits very uncomfortable, due to stinging messages from the likes of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh which exposed works thought to be unkind, unrighteous and unjust through music.

This Buzzz Magazine journalist sat down with Owen while he was in Jamaica for the purpose of networking within the local music industry. It did not take me long to recognize that this was not another musician who would boast about wealth, riches and having many concubines; but one who does music geared at helping to uphold what’s left of the goodness in the world.
Today, he is a Reggae musician, having been drawn by what he calls the “uplifting nature of Reggae”. To be specific, he revealed it was Bob Marley’s and the message of Peter Tosh that gripped him.
His cogitations which translate into his words, reflect why the music of both fire-brands inspire him.


Jamaica Observer Article

New dawn for Owen Casey
Monday, February 29, 2016 

OWEN Casey and his iManclan band showed reggae’s global reach with a heart-warming performance at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew recently.
Performing songs from his recently released album The Dawning, the Irish-born guitarist/vocalist, who lives in Hamburg, Germany, delighted his audience.
“I always loved reggae, the conscious message. And I enjoy writing and playing the positive vibes and uplifting nature that free ourselves from mental slavery,” said Casey before taking the stage.
He also explained the concept behind The Dawning.
“I believe we are in a new era, the age of awakening. Humanity is going to start taking responsibility for its time on this planet.”
With songs like Invisible Prison, In The Hands of The Enemy, Running From Reality, Game Is Over, New Vibration, Me And Mary Johanna, as well as Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, Casey left his mark on Redbones.
iManclan’s members include Jamaican bassist Sanjay Gooden, who lives in Ethiopia; drummer Michael White Lion from Germany; and producer/guitarist Rudy Valentino, who worked at Anchor Recording Studio in St Andrew as an engineer from 2000-2004.

 

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Album review  Owen Casey
“The Dawning”
(Owen Casey – 2014)
by Gardy Stein-Kanjora


ENGLISH VERSION:
Ireland! The sound of this name quietly arouses a slumbering wanderlust with images of majestic stone castles, foggy valleys and chubby sheep grazing on endless green hills… palm trees, sandy beaches and Reggae did not feature in them – until now! Owen Casey, son of said island, is shaking up pretty much every single Irish stereotype I’ve held and reinforces my belief that Reggae is truly international. His debut The Dawning is a sophisticated Roots album that joins the ranks of high quality music made in such un-Jamaican countries as Italy, France, Holland and Germany.
There are eleven titles to it, none of them dispensable. The musical finesse is safeguarded by small and big celebrities of the local scene here, among them Martin Kernegger on keyboard, Michael “White Lion” Pahlich on drums and Nigel Asher on bass as well as guitar god Rudy Valentino, who has taken on the role of the producer too. A good thing when such a collaboration leads to feel-good-tracks like Sweepstakes Winner!
Apart from said instrumentation, the whole creation impresses with clever lyrics far removed from phrase-mongering. A fine example of Owen’s metaphorical language is found in Eternal: “Eternal is the furnace that burns to keep our love alive” – it’s a joy listening to that! And even when he thematizes the herb so popular in this genre, he does so from within his own frame of reference (reminding us of Jim Morrison in Me And Mary Johanna), without Rastafarian ingratiation. The young man strikes a softer note in the appellative piece Running From Reality, but is not bound for dreaminess alone. He finds clear and critical words about current world affairs as well, as in New Vibration: “It’s amazing how enough persuasion turns an invasion into a liberation.”
The singer’s voice stays pleasant throughout the release, is never too loud, too high or too strained – a little melancholy resonates in it at times, a certain tristesse, but he does not strain it. To the contrary, this pain gleaming through now and then brings us closer to the artist, makes his songs palpable… all in all a very congenial experience.
In case you are in for building up a stronghold against cold and grey winter days, enjoy The Dawning at home: (http://www.amazon.de/The-Dawning-Owen-Casey/dp/B00JNKFG2U) or watch out for a live gig!

Irland! Der Klang dieses Namens weckt ein leise schlummerndes Fernweh mit Bildern von majestätischen Steinschlössern, nebelverhangenen Tälern und pummeligen Schafen, die auf endlosen grünen Hügeln weiden… Palmen, Sandstrand und Reggae kamen mir dabei eher nicht in den Sinn – bis jetzt! Owen Casey, Sohn besagten Eilands, erschüttert so ziemlich alle Irland-Klischees und festigt meine Überzeugung, dass Reggae wahrhaft international ist. Mit seinem Debut The Dawning legt er ein ausgereiftes Roots-Album vor, das sich in den Reigen qualitativ hochwertiger Musik aus so unjamaikanischen Ländern wie Italien, Frankreich, Holland und Deutschland einreiht.
11 Titel sind drauf, keiner davon verzichtbar. Die musikalische Finesse sichern kleine und große Berühmtheiten der hiesigen Szene, unter ihnen Martin Kernegger am Keyboard, Michael “White Lion” Pahlich am Schlagzeug, Nigel Asher am Bass und Gitarrengott Rudy Valentino, der gleich die Rolle des Produzenten mit übernommen hat. Schön, wenn dabei solch Gute-Laune-Tracks wie Sweepstakes Winner herauskommen!
Das Werk besticht neben besagter Instrumentierung durch clevere Texte weitab jedweder Phrasendrescherei. Ein schönes Beispiel für Owens metaphorische Sprache findet sich in Eternal: “Eternal is the furnace that burns to keep our love alive” – da macht das Zuhören Spaß! Und wenn er sich dem in diesem Genre beliebten Kraut widmet, tut er das in seinem eigenen Bezugsrahmen (der in Me And Mary Johanna lyrisch an Jim Morrison erinnert), ganz ohne Rastafari-Anbiederung. Der junge Mann schlägt in dem bezeichnenden Stück Running From Reality zartere Töne an, ist aber nicht nur verträumt unterwegs. Er findet auch klare und kritische Worte zum aktuellen Weltgeschehen, wie in New Vibration: “It’s amazing how enough persuasion turns an invasion into a liberation.”
Die Stimme des Sängers bleibt dabei stets angenehm, ist nie zu laut, zu hoch oder zu gepresst – ein wenig Melancholie schwingt manchmal mit, ein bisschen Wehmut, aber er überstrapaziert dies nicht. Im Gegenteil, der ab und zu durchschimmernde Schmerz bringt uns den Künstler näher, macht seine Lieder greifbar… insgesamt also sehr sympathisch.
Wer den (übrigens nicht rothaarigen) Sänger und die Band iManClan live in seiner Wahlheimat Hamburg erleben möchte, der komme am 21.11.14 um 21 Uhr zu einem kleinen Akustik-Set in die sichtbar (Bartelsstraße 65) oder gleich zur offiziellen Release-Party am 24.11.14 um 20 Uhr ins Rock Café (Silbersackstraße 27).
Wer das nicht schafft, kann The Dawning natürlich auch daheim genießen (http://www.amazon.de/The-Dawning-Owen-Casey/dp/B00JNKFG2U) – das Album macht sich gut als akustisches Bollwerk gegen graue Herbsttage!
Gardy Stein-Kanjora