Ghetto Youths International’s (GYI) Joseph ‘Jo Mersa’ Marley intends to bring back the consciousness in dancehall music previously set by the stalwarts of the genre. The DJ who thinks that dancehall music was more conscious in the past would like to see the music get back to the state it was in as set by his mentors which include Beres Hammond.
The artiste, who was inspired by his love for music, his family and greats - Ninja Man, Admiral Bailey, Papa San, Capleton, Beres Hammond and Spragga Benz - is working on making his mark on the entertainment scene both locally and internationally.
“Dancehall music was cleaner back in the days. We have lost some of that consciousness so I feel that I would shine some light on that part of dancehall as a young youth just like the veterans have done. I want to bring back the consciousness in dancehall.”
He believes that dancehall got more recognition back then and added that some of the biggest hits were conscious tunes. Jo Mersa, along with Yohan ‘Dizzle’ Marley, Daniel ‘Bam’ Marley, Jesse Royal, Freddy P, Curt Q-Ban and others are on a mission to bring back the conscious music to the dancehall.
Jo Mersa, with the guidance of Stephen Marley, his father, and uncles, Damian and Julian Marley, is busy in studio working on his next single. He is slated for a California tour in late June for the compilation, Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol 1.
Jo lends his talent to the compilation with two dancehall singles, Bad So and Comfortable in support of the compilation.
The artiste looks forward to his performances in California
“I like working with my father and uncles and I have just started getting over the nervousness of working with them on stage. I used to get the feeling that I am performing next to my idols so I have to make sure I don’t mess up.”
Since its release earlier this year, the album, Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 1 has been blazing on the charts internationally. The 14 track compilation features talented GYI artistes including Jo Mersa and Daniel ‘Bambaata’ Marley, the third generation of Marley performers, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis and Marley Brothers-Stephen, Julian and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley. Also featured are noteworthy collaborations from the likes of exceptional musicians: Jah Cure, Bugle, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Akon, Tarrus Riley and T.O.K.