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Legendary Jamaican Reggae Singer-Songwriter Norma Fraser & Rayven Amani

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Fraser was born and raised in Jamaica and deeply influenced as a child by "Ska" music. According to Fraser, she and her playmates "revered the style, energy, and feelings we derived from listening to 'our' music.It all started for me at Studio One, the record label that was like the Motown label in America. It was owned by Coxson Dodd, the master mind behind us all. He signed me n the early 1960s, and i had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful performers and musicians who were also signed with him includng Bob & Rita Marley; Peter Tosh; Bunny Wailer; Slim Smith; Delroy Wilson; joe Higgs; Ken Boothe; and the Skatalites. I really liked Bob Marley because he was rather earthy,religious, and so very talented...we used to discuss our life as kids, our love for music, and the difficulties we faced trying to get our records out on a timely basis...not to mention getting paid for them.

Rayven Amani, who lists Garnet Silk, Sade & India Arie as some of her influences. This local adult contemporary vocalist from Montego Bay was restricted by her parents from watching television or listening radio because their strong religious belief had them think that such things are instrument of the devil used to influence persons to do wrong.

The liberated Libran driven by her passion for music did what many persons would consider the unthinkable, break the fourth commandment by disregarding her parents instructions and started doing voice training at Hat some Music Camp. 
Shortly after she recorded her first song “Wanna Be Free” for veteran producer Richard “Goofy” Campbell which received favorable rotation from must of the local radio and television stations.