Artist Interview: Lion Tafari
Tell us about yourself and your music
Lion Tafari – Birth name Demetrius Durand was born April, 22,1980 on the Island of Dominica. Music was forever apart of his life, as a youth he played various instruments from the flute, guitar & harmonica at various church functions. While growing up his interest lead more towards singing, taking part in school talent shows or simply being in the hallways with friends, at recess chanting a few reggae tunes.
In his mid teens he relocated to the U.S. Virgin Islands, St Croix. After settling he made new friends who shared the same interest, music was not Lion’s only interest, he also loved playing cricket and football, known to some as soccer. But his first love will forever be his music.
The roots, behind his Revolutionary style of singing stemmed from becoming a sole member of the Nyabingy Tribe, of the Rastafarian family on the island of St. Croix. Giving birth to the inspiration for his music. It was only when he came to Atlanta Georgia, his love for music grew even stronger. The endless opportunities of being a professional reggae artiste were promising.
Having numerous performances and interviews such as The Lightening Show with Danger Marcus for www.daflavaradio.com in his independent career, he is on his way to the major leagues. The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, in Los Angeles California, has nominated Lion Tafari for Best Reggae Artiste twice in the year 2012 & 2014 also the 2014 International Music & Entertainment Association Awards Ashland Kentucky Recently elected
Lion Tafari the Winner for Reggae Song of the year he is also the Winner for Best Reggae Song of 2014 by X-Pozing Music Awards Chicago in 2015 he won two Awards at the Akademia Music Awards Los Angeles California Best Reggae & Best Rap/Southern a collaborative track with Hip Hop Artist MCJ. In 2016 He was Nominated for Best Reggae Album, Best Reggae Song, Best Reggae Music Video and Best Reggae New Act by Skunk Radio Live Independent Music Awards United Kingdom he was Nominated for 4 Awards but only walked away with one Best Reggae Album Award.
Lion Tafari’s mission is spreading the message of culture and awareness to the world; he hopes to graduate from an independent artiste to a major international recording artiste.The Future is bright!
Talk to us more about your latest release
My Latest Release is song titled “Remember The Dayz” which is actually a revised version it was Produced by Michael Olive CEO of VIBEATSPRODUCTIONS Orlando FL
MIXED and MASTERED by Multi Platinum Award Winning Audio Engineer IRKO STUDIOBEAT of Audio Nutrition Los Angeles California Recorded at Dark Alley Studios Atlanta Georgia the song is all about my life growing up and how life used to be back then Remembering how simple and less complicated it was people were more cultured …..
What inspired you to write this release?
What you should know about me is I sing about reality it was about my life growing up the inspiration came naturally..
Any plans to release a video?
Yes!! for sure, in the making in due time..
Any plans to hit the road?
No tour dates are up yet, fans!! look out for them pretty soon..
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
My Music is Revolutionary it’s about empowerment upliftment reality culture a voice for the voiceless as for me as an Artist I’m very cultured militant my style is in a class of its own..
Who have you been listening to lately?
Aside from myself here is a list of a few Artistes that gives me inspiration..
Tell us about your passions
My Family.. Kids, Wife they motivate me give me the confident to break down barriers my number one fans…
What else is happening next in your world?
Just continuing doing great work for my fans keep on Promoting my brand and seeking new ventures that will elevate my music career..
Thanks for an awesome interview, Demetrius!