Living the Jamaican Dream, Naomi Cowan returns from Toronto, Canada to build #Jamaica2030
‘Why on earth would you move back to Jamaica? I thought you loved living in Foreign?’ are the questions she encounters upon every ‘buck up’ these days. With thousands of millennial Jamaicans migrating to North America & Europe for better opportunities, Naomi Cowan - a long-time holder of both a Jamaican & Canadian passport returns to the island to accomplish her dreams in music, business, creativity & nation building. The former Miss Teen Jamaica, TV Host, singer-songwriter & Ryerson University graduate lives her life on a simple credo “Speak. Sing. Give.”
Naomi Cowan takes on her legacy in music with the support of ‘Magic!’ producer & vocalist Mark Pelli. Releasing International Reggae-Pop Collaboration to celebrate 50 yrs of a Rocksteady classic by ‘The Jamaicans’.
‘Things you Say You Love’ was originally written, recorded & released by the festival song winning group The Jamaicans in 1967. Co-written by Tommy Cowan & Norris Weir, the song is touted by many as one of reggae music’s foundational tracks. Tommy Cowan’s youngest daughter, Naomi covered this song while living in Toronto in collaboration with Mark Pelli, vocalist, producer & guitarist from the international billboard chart topping group ‘Magic!’ (known for their top hits such as Rude & Lay you down easy (feat Sean Paul)’. Pelli is also featured on the track vocally. This is not the first time that ‘Things you Say You Love’ will be reintroduced, in 2005 UB40 covered the song on their album ‘Who you Fighting For?’ which peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Reggae Album charts in 2006. Naomi & Mark give a fresh twist to this vintage rocksteady song guaranteed to win hearts. It can safely be said that perhaps Naomi can pick up where Amy Winehouse left off with her rich vocals & vintage fashion sense.
Marley, Cowan collaboration rebirth in the next generation. Donisha Prendergast directs music video for Naomi Cowan’s single ‘Things you Say You Love’ - online release to be announced
When two children of reggae music sit at a coffee shop; Magic is bound to happen. In April, Naomi Cowan shared her vision to pay tribute to reggae with her upcoming single ‘Things you Say you Love’ with Donisha Prendergast, granddaughter of Bob & Rita Marley. Prendergast is currently studying film at Ryerson University (Cowan’s alma mater) while simultaneously running DSE Jamaica, a film & post production company well known for their work on Jamaican television. In preparation for her move back to the island, Naomi caught up with former fellow Campionite Donisha who generously offered to direct her music video. It then occurred to them that over 30 years ago, their forefathers were once friends, colleagues & business partners. Tommy Cowan, OD is well known for his work with Marley as marketing manager of Tuff Gong and tour manager for Bob’s last world tour in 1980. They knew this was the beginning of something special. The track released by Zojak international will be available online September 22nd is also featuring Mark Pelli from the pop-reggae band ‘Magic!’. The video was filmed in downtown, Toronto and edited by DSE Jamaica. It is set to premiere on Youtube & Vevo along with the single release.
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