Album of the Month
Artist: Bankie Banx Title: Just Cool
Recorded in Kingston in 2012, "Just Cool" provides an intimate insight into heart and mind of one of the important voices and personalities in Caribbean music.
Those familiar with Banx's story know that at a pivital point in his musical career, in 1994, Banx was arrested in Barbados for possession of a joint. The experience is chronicled in his hit "Busted In Barbados" and inspired the career changing "Stuck In Paradise." The arrest led to Banx being "Stuck In Paradise" for 11 years which led to the development of The Dune Preserve and the growth of the Moonsplash Music Festival.
After returning to the U.S. in 2005 for the first time in 11 years, Banx toured every year through 2010. After his release of Midnight In America in 2010, Banx again faced increased scrutiny in 2011 and 2012 leading to the delay of his visa each year.
The frustration associated with these events and the irony of that a 18 year old marijuana arrest was being used as the basis to delay his visa led to an emotional and rich album that is "Just Cool."
The relationship between Banx and his sons Omari (who performs on the album) and Olaide (Banx's manager) are important themes on the album.
21 - 24 March