Farin, (pronounced Far'-in) is a truly unique artist. His story is a perfect example of how the disparate elements of modern life can combine to create distinct and sometimes unlikely creative expressions. Little Rock, Arkansas was the start of Monty Rateliffs musical journey. Growing up in middle America exposed him to classic Blues, Rock, Soul, Country & Western. It was only a matter of time before the revolutionary music of Jamaican Reggae artists like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh captivated him and provided an impetus to express conscious lyrics that provoke thought and inspire action. In pursuit of his musical vision, Monty went to Jamaica and was rewarded for taking his bold steps of faith. He found Love and got married; stayed in Montego Bay for a while before moving on to his wife's home of Kingston. It was in Jamaica that he was given the name Farin which is a patois expression for an American. Farin recruited the talents of Grammy Award winner Daryl Thompson (who has worked with Sly and Robbie and Peter Tosh) to expertly craft a solid foundation for the "Policy" Album. Completing the production team was David Ampong to handle the engineering and mixing. Farin produced all the tracks with the exception of 'One Miatellya" produced by David.
While the music is primarily rooted in Reggae, it incorporates a panorama of other worldy influences that give it a distinctive, cosmopolitan sound. Farin fuses traditional Roots Reggae instrumentation with the sequencers and samplers common to dance hall and hip- hop. At times reminiscent of Big Audio Dynamite, other times Thievery Corporation comes to mind. There is a layered texture to the recording that gives it an edge. The vocals have a more decidedly ragamuffin rubadub delivery It's a. sound you might hear on satelitte radio moving somewhere between Kingston and London.
The sound reflects the emerging synthesis of ideas and viewpoints with a musically eclectic aesthetic. Farin is currently based in Atlanta where he continues to push forward his musical vision to the next phase where the public gets the chance to experience the live show.
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My debut album 'Policy' is now available on iTunes as well as Amazon
Farin - Lead Vox
songs release date
Nice Lady 4/11
Battle Hot 4/11
Heir to the Throne 4/11
Legal Tender 4/11
Naw dis di Queen 4/11
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Naw dis di Queen
S.A.M. (Susceptible American Mind)
Heir to the Throne
heir to the throne- Farin
one miatellya- Farin
Nah go a jail again--Busy Signal
Pressure drop-Toots and the Maytals
Life we living-Vybes Kartel
Legal tender – Farin affiliate – Farin Set 2
I feel good-Beres Hammond
Tempted to touch-Beres Hammond
Surprises - Farin
S.A.M. - Farin
I am not afraid-etana
Realist song-Konshens Hold Yuh-Gyptian
time will tell-Bob Marley
Easy skankin'-Bob Marley Naw dis di queen - Farin Soon Forward – Gregory Isaacs battle hot - Farin