Jamma started playing music at a very early age, jamming on pots and pans etc. When he was nine years old he started playing the bass guitar. When he was eleven he started playing the steel pans. Since then Jamma has never looked back.
The pan is such a wonderful sounding instrument, which gave Jamma a burning desire to play it to levels of excellences.
Hours of practicing and dedication certainly paid off with the winnings of three (1987 1988, 1989) National Steel Band Soloist Championship of Great Britain.
After winning the soloist title three times, it inspired him to take a more commercial look at his musical career, at that time Mighty Jamma was performing at many corporate events such as weddings, parties, cruise ships etc, even though he was getting a lot of work he was still looking for a bigger and more challenging outlet for his musical talents.
The 1990’s saw the birth of the Jamma Caribbean Jazz Band. Using the steelpan as a lead instrument, mixed with the sounds of double bass, piano and saxophones giving a new flavour to UK’s Jazz festivals.
Jamma would regularly perform at clubs like Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Cafe, The Cork Jazz festival, performing with some of the greats such as Courtney Pine, Richard Bailey, Wayne Bachelor, to name a few, this brought his performances to another level. Pan In Flight, Barcelona, album is a great demonstration of some of his compositions performed by great international musicians.
By the late 1990’s The Mighty Jamma was expanding his musical compositions and skills with vocal tracks, that he was penning and singing. In 2001 Jamma entered the Nottinghill Carnival Calypso Monarch competition with his song entitled “Ignorance” this song was so well received he was announced joint winner on the night adding another title to his bow.
Other vocal compositions like “Bumcy Party”, “Dancing”, have proved to be real party hits, with many of the music being played on national TV and radio stations across the world.
Jamma’s music has open the doors for him to perform in many different countries, Trinidad, Japan, many places in Europe and the UK to mention a few.
Most recently he composed a song with The Original Defosto who is one of Trinidad’s top Calypsoians, this composition entitled “We Come out to play” was performed by ten of Trinidad’s leading Steelbands for the Panorama Completion, 2013 Trindad was celebrating Panorama’s 50th anniversary so this was a great feeling to know that his composition has made history in such a significant year.
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