On his forthcoming single “Trumpet Sound,” Jamaican reggae artiste OJ ThaGreat transposes the trumpet’s biblical significance into a contemporary rallying cry against injustice and systemic racism:
“Trumpet Sound” is based on the crisis that is going on now throughout the world with Black Lives MaNer and the struggle Black people have been going through.
“The song is saying, we wake up now, the trumpet sound, we are doing something about it. We are marching, we are rising above what is expected of us, to just keep quiet because we need to represent, speak our minds”
OJ ThaGreat was born ODs Newton Jr.; he’s the son of Tuffy of the twin duo Ruffy and Tuffy, who the world first saw as kids demonstraDng impressive karate moves in the 1978 landmark reggae movie Rockers.
Because his father was an entertainer, OJ (ODs Junior), who was raised in the hills of St. Andrew above Kingston, grew up around such legendary reggae arDsts as Augustus Pablo, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer, and Yami Bolo, as well as veteran actor Carl Bradshaw.
He received silver medals for two consecutive years for his performance of a searing dub poetry piece called “Get Up Wake Up,” (writen by Ms. Anne Marie Seefus) which he describes as an African pledge.
“Trumpet Sound,” and “1000 Psalms” are just two of the powerful tracks featured on OJ’s upcoming EP,