In this episode, we had the pleasure of spending some time with musical artiste Marge Blackman a daughter of the late great Ras Shorty I. Continuing the work her father started, Marge is determined to spread Jamoo across the globe. She shared with us her thoughts on musicianship in Trinidad & Tobago, her creative process and what she'd like to be remembered for. Do enjoy, we sure did.
How do you define creativity and what does it mean to you?
Creativity is being able to tap into the gifts that were given to you by the most high for a reason. Call it PURPOSE... I believe we all have one. It means that we all have a direct link to GOD himself.
How much of your creative ability do you think is innate? Or is your creativity a skill that you have developed?
All is innate.
When did you realise that you wanted to express your creativity? Was it encouraged by others (e.g., parents)?
I was eight years old when I realised I wanted to express my creativity. Yes, it was encouraged by my father the late great Ras Shorty I.
What is your standard for evaluating your own creative work and the works of other people? Do you think that monetary rewards can be compatible with creativity in general? Are monetary rewards relevant to your own work?
I still have problems putting a price tag to my creative work. For me, it goes way deeper than monetary gains. Firstly, It must be always to uplift the spirit, in that way I give back to God, but we also have to eat.
Do you think your own perception and evaluation of your creative endeavours are influenced by the views of other people? What role do you think the culture that you live in plays in your creative efforts?
My creative endeavours are in no way influenced by the views of others. I'm fully aware that music art etc. is very different and I intend for it to remain that way.
What do you do when you experience a creative block?
I'm yet to experience one, but if there's such time, I believe the best thing to do is wait till the time is right. One must wait till the fruit is ripe for it to drop.
How do you make the leap from a "Spark" in your head to the action you produce?
Like everything else, there is always a process. First you have an idea then it grows, then you give birth.
Do you have any special rituals that you do in order to achieve your creative goals?
Stay focused. Work hard with a purpose in mind.
Has your creativity changed stylistically as you have matured? If it has changed, please explain how?
Yes it has. As I grow and mature I've found I have developed a desire to express myself at a very personal level and I am no longer afraid to share it with others.
What has been the greatest sacrifice that you have made for your craft?
My greatest sacrifice would be to not allow my music to become commercial or watered down, but to hold the belief that it will one day be accepted and loved for it's beauty and originality.
Who or what has helped you to persevere and not quit?
What has helped me to persevere is knowing that I must complete my Father's mission and that's to take JAMOO to the four corners of the earth.
Do you believe that it is important to be accepted by others as being creative or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work? Explain.
I believe once you are truly creative, there's no denying it.
Looking at what you have created in the past, would you change anything today? Why or why not?
No I wouldn't change a thing, I believe everything has a time and season.
What piece of work are you most proud of? Why?
I'm most proud of my six track EP called Home Again. I'm proud because I was able to express myself on a very personal level.
What is the best advice you've received that helped you move forward on your creative journey?
The advice I've received is to keep doing what I'm doing with the belief that it will one day be the best thing anyone have ever heard.
To a young Creative emerging in your field, what advice would you impart unto them?
My advice to them would be to stay focused and believe in your talent and craft. If you don't then no one else would.
What would you most like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for the way my music and message had a positive impact on the minds and hearts of everyone.
If you were a crayon, what would be the name of your colour?
Black. Black is the colour of the womb. Black is the colour of the universe.