Hello Ras...how are you? long time no see on them heights, we meet sometimes
Ras P: Yes I man Toulu...greetings.
I cool y'know...come in and set up your equipment for us to start the talk.
TLL: O.K. so I'll just
plug into the current...everything well set up...( I must say here that
the interview is being videorecorded, so I had to check my camera foucus
etc..) just a few last minute adjustments, and then everything is o.k.
Ras P: What you have
now? Last time you had a small tape, but now you recording everything through
your handy or what?
TLL: No it's just a
small digicam that makes videos too... cool 'ting.
Yes man, the smaller the better...it seems nowadays.
TLL: check.. check..test...
Ras P:Garson stop checktesting
and let us start non?!?
TLL: o.k. we rolling..
Ras P: shoot...
TLL: So yes my first
question is what in your opinion has and has not changed for you and your
music, since the last interview donkey years ago.
Ras P: Well yes everything
change, but nothing really moved on. On the outside I see lots of differences
as compared to yesterdonkey year, but inside remains constant.
TLL: What do you mean
Ras P: What I mean depends
on what anyone can perceive as change. If I dress up like Lone Ranger and
you meet me somewhere unexpected, you would hardly recognise me. All I did
was change my clothes.
TLL: Kind of hard to
Ras P: Let's just say
that everything has changed but nothing has really changed.
TLL: Isn't that a contradiction
Ras P: Do
you want a concrete example?
TLL: If it helps clear
Ras P: For example the
way music is being made sold and/or produced is not the same as before,
but with all the new tools, computer expertise. internet and what have you,
life has not become more exciting or meaningful for most people.
TLL: So what should
be done? and by whom?
Ras P: Everbody can
and should work out whatever his/her contribution to betterness can be....but
life itself is so contradictory sometimes, it is almost impossible to ask
people to "play" a part and not to expect some kind of game to
TLL: It's still a little
heavy for the average mind to grasp.
Ras P: No man...humans
instinctively know good from bad, right from wrong and justice from injustice.
just that when one is led all along to believe certain things, it's hard
to even think that reasonable alternatives exist.
TLL: So do you mean
that belief systems...religions...should fix the world, or that they are
part of or the cause of the world's problems?
Ras P: I don't know
if it's religions, but the mental makeup of the individual determines the
final outcome. People should be trained to think for themselves and properly.
TLL: You mentioned the
internet a while ago.There was no such thing when we made the last interview.
What's your opinion regarding the...how they call it?....Information Superhighway.
I know you have a website.
Ras P: (chuckles)....inside
the internet,nothing fishy, but lots of mice!!anyway hah ha ha I don't think
that anyone knows where that superoad is going to lead to....too much everything...all
kinds of news and views just bombarding...still it's a good way for authorities
to check people...they can read e-mails easier compared to the problem of
having to open physical letters....so while we free to connect to our bredrens
and sistrens and let them see our videos or hear our songs, we must always
remember that there are those who use the net for nefarious purposes....instructions
to promote destruction and these kinda things...but like I said, it's up
to the upper boys to do their work and let peaceful loving people enjoy
TLL: Why do you have
Ras P: What kind of
question is that now?
TLL: Because everbody
Ras P: Everybody doh
have one and some people have more than one...so what?
TLL: You sounding vex.
Ras P: You looking confused...come
up with some good questions or let me just comment. You didn't prepare,
or you too stoned?
TLL: Nah man, I just
trying to make the interview differentish...not the same old questions that
journalists learn to ask.
Ras P: Any other good
TLL: Yes...tell me something
about Dominica today...what are your connections...and...Dominica and Grand
Ras P: Well...since
is long time I an' I been physically there, I can only tell you about the
news I get from the web.So as you know, they had a selection down there...
TLL: You mean election?
Ras P: What's the difference?
TLL: o.k ...o.k. go
Ras P: Yes...they voted,
and the government is there until 2010. Lots of bobol as far as I read from
both sides of the party lines. One accusing the other of incompetence...since
is online, everything goes...Lots of folks have moved to foreign lands and
just come down for Creole Festival or Xmas or Carnival...and they fly back
and come again for the next "fete" within a six month period.
TLL: Are you planning
to go down?
Ras P: Wise men always
think about moving upward, but next year could see me in Grand Bay.
TLL: Holiday stay or
Ras P: That depends
on a lot of things.Business and Finance are on top of the list, but it's
alaways better to check first and decide later.
TLL: What about the
DA bredren Berlin...are you guys playing together or do you have some kind
of project working upon?
Ras P: All the Sout'
men here cool, but to speak the truth, there is nothing going on as current
project between the I an dem.The vibes are o.k. but it's like boys doing
their thing....we meet sometimes, but it's not at the point where we have
something definitely working upon.
Ras P: Any amount of
reasons, but it comes down to time. If it ain't the time yet, then so be
TLL: Do you think that
sometime soon, you all will get together and do something for yourselves,the
public, DA, Sout'?
Ras P: I am always optimistic
about such realisations...only JAH knows what was, is and will come.
TLL: We make a small
Ras P: Yeah...leh we
chill out a little...you have wrappers?...
Hi...this is the second
time that I am going to interview Ras Perez. Lots of things have happened
since our first meeting, so I am naturally excited to hear what he has to
say today....what has happened or not? It is with great pleasure that I
get my equipment ready to do this....so just hang on we are almost ready...