It grew in the narrow lanes of Kingston, Jamaica in the 1960s but reggae music has now developed into a universal genre and one of Gemany’s best-known exponents of the style, Jahcoustix will give a concert, by courtesy of the Goethe Institut, at the Alliance Francaise in Accra on October 20.
Jahcoustix, real name Dominik Haas, is one of Germany’s most consistent reggae musicians. The son of a diplomat, he lived for a while in Mexico, Liberia and the United States but he discovered his beloved reggae in Kenya.
He is considered as one of the pioneers who got reggae off the ground in Germany. In Nairobi he played guitar in the school band and together with his Kenyan friends, discovered the joy of reggae.
Later while leading the nomadic life of a diplomat’s child, he realised that reggae had grown into an international lingua franca.
It was that lingua franca which he took back to Germany in 1999. He settled in Munich and joined a reggae group called Dubious Neighbourhood. They recorded two albums, Souljahstice and Grounded.
In his songs, Jahcoustix retains a style peculiar to him though some of his material easily reflect influences from reggae giants like Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and Bob Marley.
In principle, Jahcoustix remains a faithful aficionado of Jamaican culture.Apart from a few songs that he has written in German, he writes and sings in English.
“That’s because I am not just trying to reach audiences in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but in all the other countries of the world,” Jahcoustix says. “It is my aim to travel the world with my music and you can only do that in English.”
The Programmes Manager at the Goethe Institut, Ms Kirstie Adu-Gyamfi told Showbiz it is the outfit’s policy to put on exciting cultural events and believes Jahcoustix will be appreciated in Ghana.
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