It is a special soul that can find within itself the capacity to forgive those who would take the life of one it holds dear. It is an even more remarkable spirit that is able to channel such feelings of loss and pain into a moving anthem of forgiveness. Meet Droop Lion, a man with a mission and an appointment with destiny. An artiste possessed of a voice teeming with sincerity and a mind suffused with curiosity.
Droop Lion was born Andrew Brown in the parish of St. Mary a region in Northern Jamaica renowned for its large banana cultivations and pristine musical talents. Young Brown had an itinerant childhood due in no small measure to the fact that his mother was a victim of the murderous mayhem which characterized life in the gritty shanties of Kingston.
His talent was recognized early but it would be a while before he would venture into the studios dotting the landscape on the outskirts of Kingston to seek musical expression. His first efforts at recording were tentative and failed to provide an impact consistent with his musical promise. He would assume the moniker Droop Dog, perhaps intending to capture his characteristic humility. However an insistent radio announcer would demand a name change which she thought was reflective of the concealed passion she discerned in him. The Dog would soon become the Lion, and how he has roared.
Droop joined forces with Chiney K. Productions, and this collaboration would prove remarkably fruitful, spawning the haunting “Mama Soon Come”; the story of the loss of his mother rendered with a sense of sorrow and longing but bereft of any feeling of recrimination. A number of other notable recordings would result from his stint at Chiney K, including Gun Powder, a song bemoaning the violent culture prevalent in the urban centres of Jamaica, and Shadows of Darkness, a project decrying the forces of evil lurking places where we least expect them
Droop Lion has demonstrated that special gift of addressing social commentary in a manner that is poignant without being inflammatory, treating his subjects seriously yet entertainingly. He was signed to the Florida based Mix-it Productions. Under the direction of Mix-it, he joined forces with ace Jamaican musician and producer Ervin "Alla" Lloyd and the results have been magical. The heavily rotated Freeway is an outcome of this incredible synergy. Lockdown a song of protest against police brutality, delivered with a sense of justice and social responsibility is another product of this fertile collaboration. It is vintage Droop Lion fingering injustice without calling for retribution. Yet there is more. Droop has pledged to deliver his debut album 2013. It promises to be a delectable musical feast and the mark of an important chapter in the annals of Jamaican music.
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