Sunday, 1 May 2022

Winta James and his Overstand Entertainment label return with a brand new juggling called “Gratitude Riddim”


Winta James and his Overstand Entertainment label return with a brand new juggling
called “Gratitude Riddim,” featuring versions by Jaz Elise, Samory I, Mortimer, Kumar,
Naomi Cowan, and Ras-I. April 8th saw Jaz Elise release the titular track for the project:
‘Gratitude’ alongside the visualizer shot by Yannick Reid.

The track is an ode to remaining grateful in the face of trials; when giving up feels like the
best option. “I remember writing this song pre-pandemic and the sentiment stands true
even now.” Jaz said. “Sometimes in the thick of it it’s hard to see light and see a way
forward. This song is a reminder for us to keep pressing on and see our journey for what it
is - a journey. We nuh done yet. We still a press on. So, I feel we can always find
something to be grateful for when we really take a little time to see how far we come even
while recognizing we still have more to do and more hills to climb. It’s a motivation to keep
going and notice the blessings along the way.”

The direction for the juggling was set by Jaz Elise’s version as the project began in the
early stages of the pandemic. “Over the first year of the pandemic the project got delayed
as social distancing and other measures were put in place, but we got back to recording in
2021, and the other songs just developed organically with a great level of introspection
from the artistes.” Winta James said. “I think the past couple years have been hard for
everyone, yet we all still give thanks for the little things that bring us joy and hope, and I
think this came across in the lyrics that each artiste wrote for their song.”

The ‘Gratitude Riddim’ is a contemporary reggae one drop riddim, featuring traditional
drum and bass from the legendary duo, Chris Meredith & Wilburn "Squidly" Cole. The
songs, recorded during the COVID 19 pandemic, find the artists in a reflective mood, with
their lyrics centering around themes of gratefulness, love, faith, and self-awareness. It is a
nod to ‘juggling’ culture, a traditional aspect of Reggae and Dancehall music.

Stream/Purchase: Various Artists - Gratitude Riddim (

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