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The SoulBounce Q&A: Estelle Talks ‘Lovers Rock,’ Reggae Music & Her Inspirations

SB: Reggae music has become a global phenomenon. What are your thoughts on how the genre has evolved and its influence on people?

E: Every 5-7 years the music scene heralds reggae music (and now Afropop music) as the new trend when the truth is it started with our music, it never went away and it influences everything. I’m always glad to see the evolvement; it’s playing a major role in bringing people together. When I can open any social app and see ALL races dancing to the latest Wizkid or Davido it’s a beautiful thing.

SB: Any special message to the Caribbean community? Can you share some of the musical influences that you tapped into to create this latest body of work?

E: I’ve long been influenced by and a fan of reggae music. I grew up in it equally as African music and soca and any other genre. Our music is the heartbeat and core reference point of everything I’ve put out ever. Any bass line you hear comes from a place that was introduced to me by Pepe Kalle, Dennis Brown, The Wailers, Bob Marley, Freddie McGregor, Buju Banton, Marcia Griffiths, Louisa Mark, Alton Ellis, Beenie Man, even up to today’s stars.

SB: What do you want your musical legacy to be?

E: Quality, lifestyle, popular and legendary. As far as the business, someone who supported and opened as many doors and more that were opened for me. Someone who managed to be relevant and on the pulse of every genre I have touched, so that it authentically changed lives.

SB: Complete this sentence. Life is....

E: Love in many forms.

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