Thursday, 28 March 2019

A quick insight into artist Zeener!

Hi Guys. As some of you may know I occasionally write artists bio's and recently wrote the bio below which I have chosen to share. Zeener (formally Zeena) is a Dancehall artist who impressed me the very first time I heard her sing; which was at one of Michael Arkk's events for The Heritage of Ska. Since then she has continued honing both her performance and songwriting skills, resulting in some exciting opportunities as you will see!

As this is a mini bio focusing on Zeener's musical talents we omitted mentioning her natural acting ability, which is excellent, so I'll mention her key achievement here. Zeener played Denise in the popular comedy show 'Double Trouble,' touring with internationally known actors Charles Tomlinson, Devon Morgan and Lovena Brown. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience however decided to concentrate on singing rather than directing her attention elsewhere. Now we'll move onto Zeener's bio.


Meet Zeener! Original Solid Gold Posse daughter of the first Dancehall Kings and Queens! Bursting with energy, this authentic Jamaica artist catches people’s attention. Since Beenie Man called her on stage at the Pan Head Festival, she has opened for Lady Saw, Ishawna, Bunny Striker Lee and Fleur East in the UK. She has performed with Peter Hunningale. Owen Gray, and recently, Levi Roots at his Smokehouse and beloved Rastahouse. Other notable Venues include The Jamm, Hootananny, Boisdale- Canary Wharf, M.M.C.O. Emporium, Jazz CafĂ©, Kensington Roof Top Gardens. 

2017 Zeener made history. She won the first ever Song4JA with her original song, ‘Who Run De World, Jamaica.’  Zeener flew to Jamaica, courtesy of competition organizers UKunsigned/Song4Ja and JamIn_UK. Thrilled to leave ‘foreign’ and return to her homeland for Jamaica’s 55th Independence celebration, Zeener debuted her winning song on CMTV, Sunrise Live, broadcast internationally, and sang at the National Stadium during the standing ovation ceremony! She loved touring Jamaica as guest artist of the JCDC (Jamaican Cultural Development Commission;) especially her visit to Maxfield Park Children’s Home near her old primary school.

Zeener recently completed her album, voiced in Jamaica, under Midnight Rock Records and is currently working with Mad Professor, Ariwa Records, on a DJ-DUB Project which will result in a few single releases. She has a track on a Reggae Compilation Album called ‘Reggae United’ available March 2019 and is busy stamping her mark on the industry.

Jaz Mckenzie

Sunday, 3 March 2019

The secret to life- Perfect Timing!

'Don't play with your Food!' Maurice Sparrow- photographer
You may not appreciate times when life seems to go wrong but it really is a matter of timing. I'm sure if we asked photographer Maurice Sparrow, he would tell us that for every perfect shot he has taken a succession of shots not to his liking. I know from back in the day when we had a modelling agency that you can take over 100 shots to find the one you're looking for- not a waste of time, more, a necessity.

This Kingfisher is inordinately beautiful. He is relaxed and as Maurice says, playing with his food. That fish is being skilfully tossed around prior to the big swallow! Isn't this what life does to us when it's busy lining something up? How many frogs do we kiss before finding the prince? How many interviews before the big job offer? How many jobs before we realise our destiny lies in a different direction? None of it is wasted time, it is preparation or 'schooling' so that we are in a position to cope at the right time, or able to recognise  a person or situation for what it truly is.

Timing is an art. Very obvious where music, dance, engineering and other such things are concerned. But we are emotional beings so we constantly question things- which is good and part of the learning process. Some questions are rhetorical, even pitiful; 'why did that have to happen to me?' Being spoken without thought, reactionary questions. But there usually comes a time when you have to ask 'why,' especially if patterns repeat themselves. We cannot necessarily improve our timing but we can improve our use of time. We can use it: to learn new skills, for emotional education, to explore opportunities, possibly counselling and so forth. We can work towards our goals knowing that if we do our part with dedication and consistency everything will fall into place at the right time.

Maurice is an excellent photographer and if you care to go to his webpage you will see famous faces. What you will not see are these beautiful, delicate shots. A love of birds is clearly his passion. When we take time to acquire talents they can serve us in many different ways. Maurice's passion feeds into my inspiration. This is not the first picture to captivate me so I'll share my previous little Kingfisher blog. Last time through poetry, this time an idea. Both blogs were written immediately as thoughts flowed but on other occasions blogging has taken several hours; it just depends what is being presented.

Back to the now- enjoy every minute of your day and understand that we all have perfect timing in our lives. Ahhh more inspiration!

Don't play with your food!
And Mama said, 'Don't play with your food- it's rude
Be a good boy, eat it up like you should.
So you don't like peas? 
I see them squashed between your knees!
Is that broccoli in the fish tank? Oh no! that's rank.
From the plate to the fork and the fork to the mouth
Pop it right in before it goes south
And lands on the floor- what was that?
You want more- chips? Huh, fast food goes fast
Healthy is a no go, but you'll have to eat your fish
and your PEAS right now or No NO NO
What Mama says is how it's gonna go
Mama knows best. Finish it now- go.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician