Musician Kassiano Returns Home to Jamaica to Spread Consciousness Among Youth
Kimberley Small - Jamaica Star
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September 21, 2016

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After more than a two-decade-long sojourn to Mexico, Roger 'Kassiano' Smith returned to Jamaica in an effort to spread lessons learned on his journey as a musician and a spiritualist.

He calls it destiny, a serendipitous encounter that catapulted the move of a lifetime. "I was performing on the north coast and a gentleman came up to me and offered me a job to go to a hotel in Mexico," he said.

While that job was simple enough, Kassiano was so impressive that he was offered a three-album record deal. "I was offered a recording contract with Capital Records, and they told me if I learned to sing Spanish in three months, then they would sign me," he said.

It took him two months.

Kassiano says that he immersed himself in the language, highlighting that though his connections were organic, he still had to practise. The singer studied 30 Spanish words per day, using the daily newspaper. He chose to speak to masons and farmers and other citizens of the blue-collar ilk, calling it the "best way to learn."

After twenty-four years, Kassiano hits the Jamaican promotional trail - following a successful performance at High Vibes Music Festival, held in Montego Bay, St James, recently.

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