Mighty Jamma [2009jamma]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
Perform on the steelpans, & compose and arrange music
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I mainly work solo
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
Winner of the National steelpan soloist champion 3 times, Joint winner of the 2001 Nottinghill Carnival Calypso Monarch, first steelpan player to perform in the Bonni Island 1998. Founder of west Midlands first independent school for steelpan music " Birmingham School of Pan. Founder of First steelpan lead Caribbean Jazz Band in the west Midlands "Jamma Caribbean Jazz Band" Founder of UK'S first Steelpan MusicRecord Lable "Hearts Aglow Records" Founder of Birmingham first Cariibean Dance group, " Hearts Aglow Caribbean Dancers, Producers of UK'S youngest Recording Steelpan soloist "Jamani Stewart album "Party with Jamani"
Please list discography in which you have participated.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
At 9 years of age my elder brother "Barry Stewart" introduced me to the bass guitar, then at 11 years old
, my other older brother "Norman Stewart" Introduce me to the steelpans
What was your musical education?
Self taught studie of Harmony's Chord, melodies, scales, composing, arranging etc
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
After winning the first Soloist Competetion
What is your creative process?
creating music for the Masses
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Yes Many times
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
Just know when all is said and done, You just know
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
On the Road
What part of your job is your least favourite?
How often do you practice?
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
What I am about to perform and the feel of the audiance
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
World wide music
List three songs that are key to your life.
Pan Night and Day. Please Release me, Pan Redemtion
What should be done to stop piracy?
pirates should be made to feel guilty for living off other peoples hard work
What type of music do you detest?
Music with negative messages
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
very slow, to recondise mature new sounds
What other things have you done to make a living?
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
yes not much
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
follow your dream to spread great music