Akila Barrett

Akila Barrett

 Kingston, Kingston, JAM
BandRockReggae

ERROL BARRETT is a member of the second generation of Jamaican reggae pop,rock artists. Son of Wailers foundation musician Carlton Barrett, Errol is a multi-talented performer who plays several instruments on the songs he writes and composes. Errol Barrett's music is of the conscious and joy.

Biography

‘AKILA BARRETT’

Jah Is A Light Man Salvation
There Was A Voice From Creation Say how do we Earn Our Bread

ERROL BARRETT (a.k.a. Akila Barrett) singer, musician and songwriter, is the son of the late CARLTON BARRETT, drummer with the original WAILERS band that backed BOB MARLEY, and nephew of ASTON Family Man BARRETT, also of the WAILERS.
Music has been in Akila’s blood since birth. Much of his knowledge of life and learning came from growing up surrounded by his father and uncle in the center of the most famous creators of Jamaican Reggae music. With such an upbringing, it was clear from an early age that Akila was destined to be a musical force to be reckoned with.
He began his career in 1994 as drummer with Julian Marley’s backing band.
In the past 6 years he has developed his multi-instrument talents, song-writing and performing skills to great advantage, earning self-confidence as well as in-depth knowledge of the music business in the process. Akila spends a great deal of his time with his acoustic Guitar strapped by his side, discovering his own unique voice and sense of style. He soon began boxing a riddim on his guitar to assist him with singing and writing lyrically redeeming songs about personal views and recent life experiences. Akila’s first release ‘HUMAN RACE’ got him considerable airplay and interviews on radio shows and music magazines as far as Jamaica, South Africa, Ghana, London and France. The single is distributed on his own label ONE DROP MUZIC and features an enticing electric guitar solo by Junior Marvin.
Finally, it was time for Akila Barrett to pour his lifetime experiences and talent into an album. To spearhead this potentially enlightening CD, Akila selected Tuff Gong Studio as the highly spirited training ground for him to expose the breadth of his talent and perfect the texture of his voice. At Tuff Gong he gathered around him some of the best veteran musicians Jamaica has to offer, including the renowned Wailers Band, Earl Chinna Smith, Leroy Horsemouth Wallace, Desi Jones, Ibo Cooper, Dean Frazer and Glen Brownie.
The album features evocative and at times provocative conscious lyrics with an overall sound that rocks to the strong hypnotic Roots/Rock/Reggae grooves including elements of DUB true to this genre of music. The improvised guitar tactic of the title track CHANGING PEOPLE works well with Earl China Smiths wah-wah pedal used as a device to emphasize certain parts of the lyrics. Errol’s uncle, Family Man delivers his authentic touch on BABYLON IS BURNIN and Akila himself expands his creative flair by playing the rhythm guitar and the Kette drum on MOTHER OF CREATION showcasing his talent and displaying the Rastafarian consciousness of this young musical artist.
Akila BARRETT singer, writer and bandleader custodian of Vintage Cultural Reggae is dedicated to making ROOTS/REGGAE music. He is bound to generate success on several levels simply because he has a keen sense of motivation, creativity and business knowledge, making him the ideal Artist to become a significant contributor in the music scene today. By drawing on his Rastafarian faith at the forefront of his vision for mythical themes to create seeming interpretations of the reality he witnesses, he takes us on an entire circuit of his personal being composing songs that sound not only fresh but startling.
On his self-produced debut album ‘CHANGING PEOPLE’, Akila Barrett emerges to display a talent that continues the tradition set by his distinguished family and the world-famous musicians they played with.
Akila’s recent musical and promotional achievements have included opening for UB40 and Matisyahu at the Argentina Summer Fest, March 17, 2007, which gave him international fame in Argentina. He also performed at Reggae Punkie Party as the main act that closed the festival concert January 19, 2007 in Cordoba, Argentina and did 3 concerts in Latin America as a solo artist in 2006-2007. He was interviewed live by MTV in THAILAND on September 17, 2005. Also by BBC Radio News in April 11, 2006. And by lain America ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine’s May 2007 issue.
He has also performed as a lead singer with the Wailers Band for 1 month in April 2006, on their USA tour, including their appearance at the House of Blues, Chicago, and many universities. His song ‘Babylon is Burning’ was licensed by ABC NETWORK TV for a television series called ‘JAKE IN PROGRESS’ which was aired March 2006.
In 2003 Akila Barrett was web cast live on the Internet when he performed a vibrant treat for media and guests at the International Reggae Day Festival held at the Bob Marley Museum. Akila was also interviewed by the legendary Gilberto Gill, now Minister of Culture in Brazil, for a film documentary called ‘kaya n’ gan daya’, the most famous Brazilian documentary about reggae music filmed in Jamaica in 2002.
In the past 2 years Akila’s music become popular enough to be played on may radio stations all ar

Lyrics

changing people

Written By: Errol Barrett


CHANGING PEOPLE

Verse 1:
Jah is a light
Man salvation
There was a voice
From creation
Say how do you earn our bread

Verse 2:
We lost the way
No direction
Who’s gone a pay for deception
Say how do you earn our bread

Chorus
Things and times are changing people everyday
What do you say
Things and times are changing people everyday now
Everyday every day
Things and times are changing people everyday (rpt 2)

Verse 3:
We got the strength
But no foundation
They got the mind
But no solution
Say how do we earn our bread

Verse 4:
Chant a psalm night and day
You have been warn
To kneel and pray
Say how do you earn our bread

Chorus
Things and times are changing people everyday
Say what you say
Things and times are changing people everyday now
Everyday every day
Things and times are changing people everyday




ROOTSMAN SKANK

Written By: ERROL BARRETT

Rootsman skank

Long time ago
We use to rock it so
Reggae plant a seed
And now it surely grow

Chorus
Come do the roots man skank
Mama never know roots man skank
Papa never know roots man skank
My sister never know roots man skank

I aint got no time
To be justify
And this is just my stile
Rocking reggae music for all mankind

Chorus
Come do the roots man skank
Mama never know roots man skank
Papa never know roots man skank
My sister never know roots man skank

No love for humanity
So they worship in vanity
They got no philosophy
But I and I will find my destiny

Chorus
Come do the roots man skank
Mama never know roots man skank
Papa never know roots man skank
My sister never know roots man skank

The roots for the herbsmen
The root for the Blackman
There is a message in the roots

Chorus
A roots man skank
Mama never know roots man skank
Papa never know roots man skank
My sister never know roots man skank

Words of wisdom
Should not be taken for granted
The mill grind slow
But exceedingly fine

Chorus
Come do the roots man skank
Mama never know roots man skank
Papa never know roots man skank
My sister never know roots man skank

Guitar solo

Chorus
A roots man skank
Mama never know roots man skank
Papa never know roots man skank
My sister never know roots man skank

Reggae music a play, let it be
Keep I and I along the way set it free

Chorus
A roots man skank
Mama never know roots man skank
Papa never know roots man skank
My sister never know roots man skank

IN CONTROL

Written By: ERROL BARRETT


IN CONTROL

Verse 1:
I was in control
Until I lose my soul
Then a voice say
Learn the right way

Chorus
Control it yea yeah
Don’t abuse it
You need to control it

Verse 2:
For the young and old
You got to harm your soul
So do what you been told
To acheive your goal

Chorus
Control it yea yeah
Don’t abuse it
You need to control it

Verse 3:
So now we see the day
The wicked runaway
Night will turn to day
On that judgment day

Chorus
Control it yea yeah
Don’t abuse it
You need to control it

Verse 4:
Life is not a joke
Some times you lose your hope
Seek the lord of host
And you will make the most

Chorus
Control it yea yeah
Don’t abuse it
You need to control it

Bridge
So much starvation
No education
What a confusion in this nation
How can a man
Hold a meditation
In this world of temptation
Got to get my feet back in motion
A peace of mind
A higher vibration
Who am I a civilization

Song and lyrics
By Errol Barrett ©2001

i want your love

Written By: Errol Barrett

I WANT YOUR LOVE
Errol L Barrett
Key of: A

Am DmGC
{Intro

{Verse
Am
Its time for me
Dm
To rock and roll
G
You give to me
C
Your Full control
Am
So here I am
Dm
To take you home
G
And now you see
C
You're not alone (baby)

{Chorus
Am Dm
I want your love
G C
I need your love
Am Dm
I feel your love
G C
And I will shower you with love

Guitar (solo)

I have been to
Rio, Ohio, Chicago
Searching the world
For a conscious girl
Faith as have found me
On top of the world
Can you stay
And be my home girl

I want your love
I need your love
I feel your love
And I will shower you with love

(Guitar solo)

I know our love
Was meant to be
The way you smile
It enlighten me
When I'm with you
Girl I feel free
Your kiss and grace
Just Comfort me

I want your love
I need your love
I feel your love
And I will shower you with love


We Are On The Go

Written By: Errol Barrett

WE ARE ON THE GO
Errol L Barrett
Key of: C

C#m/ C#7/ B7
{Intro

{Chorus

we are on the go C#m C#7 B7
say are you ready
i place that you should know
say are you steady
we keep moving on
from the break of dawn

{Verse
we got the music on the front line
we keep on chanting with a new rhyme
you better know this is my time
you should just believe

we are on the go
say are you ready
i place that you should know
say are you steady
we keep moving on
from the break of dawn

Discography

1. akila barrett changing people featuring the wailers band (cd album)
2. universal sounds (unrelase Cd)
3. spirital Reggae (unrelese Cd)
4. human race 7''inc
5. love reggae music 7''inc

songs that are playing on the radio( changing people,love rootsman skank, babylon is burning.

Set List

1. intro
2. human race
3. we are on the go
4. rootsman skank
5. i want your love
6. babylon is burning
7. sunshine
8. slave your mind
9. spiritral reggae
10. changing people
11. in control
13. rebel hights
14. some times i feel like
15 love and devotion
16. figure it out
17. medleys