Miguel Orlando Collins, popularly known by his stage name Sizzla, a Veteran reggae artist stated that he was overwhelmed by the support for Jamaican music and culture throughout the world. He recently returned from his most recent tour of Japan. The reggae icon performed 13 gigs over the course of 14 days on the tour, which was titled Everlasting. Sizzla shared with the OBSERVER ONLINE that he was pleased to be reintroducing reggae music to the globe after a three-year break brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic.
The “Thank you mama” singer remarked, “It has been a very prosperous and enlightening tour. It was well received and the fans were appreciative of our efforts of getting here and doing the reggae dancehall concerts.” He continued, “The COVID-19 pandemic might have set back a lot of things in our lives, but the Japanese definitely got it going for us with the love for our reggae/dancehall music and this tour just re-energized us to take on the road again.”
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After completing his first tour since 2019, Sizzla stated that he felt reenergized and had a renewed appreciation for reggae music fans, particularly those in the Japanese market.
“The Japanese people have always respected our culture with high regard for our African, Jamaican nationals. Based on my observation over the years of coming here and doing shows, the Rastafari culture is well accepted and embedded in these people. The Japanese people see Reggae music as a part of their lives and well-being so much that they’ve started making brands out of our culture of red, gold, and green. They are learning the vernacular, making sound systems, entering clashes, and winning.”
Sizzla said that Jamaican music is regarded as global and elevated in nations like Japan, expressing the opinion that some areas of the entertainment business are not given enough credit. “We the people in Jamaica might not know how much the Japanese loved our music and lifestyle of something being neglected by our own government and people,” he remarked.
He said, expressing his gratitude for being a part of a culture that is so widely recognized and adored: “The music has sparked such a flame in the Japanese that they visit our country very often to learn of the characters of our people, culture and even the dishes of the Jamaican cuisine.”
He expressed his love for the genre as well as a display of gratitude towards the hosting country. “Music is life and I myself am so honored in being a part of such contributions. Reggae music is the biggest thing here apart from their own indigenous music and my team and I were treated well. If given the chance I’d visit more often.”