Papa Biggy

There’s something about Papa Biggy. Perhaps it’s his imposing frame or the stage presence highly reminiscent of the late Notorious Biggie Smalls. Papa is a powerful performer on the stage. His voice carries the weight of struggles long past and rising above adversity. Papa is a veteran after getting his first big break in 1982. Nowadays he’s returned to prominence with with outspoken content on the Buju Banton defence song “Set Him Free”. One thing is for certain Papa is here to stay on the music scene with plenty more to come!

Tell our readers a bit about yourself

My name is Courtney Anthony Porteous aka “Papa Biggy” born on Dec.10, 1964 in Kingston Jamaica. I am a very humble easy to get along with person whom music has been my life in particular Reggae music but not limited to just one genre.

How would you describe your music?

My music is cultural entertaining, inspirational and educating at the same time.

How did you get started in music?

I started singing in the school then found out I had the ability to write lyrical contents which enabled me to start singing my own songs on local sound systems. My break came in 1982 by the way of winning the Jamaica national DJ competition that awarded me a scholarship in music and rhythm at the Jamaica school of music.

Tell us about your song on the “Kindah” collective

YOUR DREAMS is an inspirational song written by me to keep hope alive in the hearts and minds of people struggling to achieve their goals.

Why do you think it’s important to have Child Friendly Reggae?

Like any other music genre reggae music plays an important part in the development of a child’s mind so we need the songs to carry positive lyrical contents that will stimulate the minds of kids positively resulting in better adults.

How did your environment growing up influence your music and style?

I grew up in an impoverished community where music was the healing power of the people and at that time it was the primary way out of poverty which includes both roots reggae and dancehall reggae.

What/Who inspires you?

Bob Marley among other reggae artistes in my early years along with my own desire to rise up out of poverty, inspired me.

What do you want to be remembered for? What will your legacy be?

I want to be remembered for my loving, jovial, Charitable ways and my undying love for children.
My music will be my Legacy because it will live on for generations inspiring people positively.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years i will still be doing music because i am music and music is me.

What can we expect from you in 2012?

In 2012 you can only expect more conscious music.

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