RV : Ginjah, please introduce yourself to those reggae fans who don't know you.
Ginjah : Well, I was born in Hanover, Jamaica, in 1978. As a youth I moved a lot, from parish to parish. I grew up in St. James, then at the age of ten moved to St. Catharine, to a place called Central Village, where I spent my teenage years. Central Village is a ghetto, a very violent area. I lived in a place where it was gun war. Many of my friends died by the gun and I had a real tough life. But on the other hand it gave me more positive outlooks in life as I not wanted to take the hard road in life. I started to witness things happening in human leadings (?), which made that the concept to sing came up.
RV : When did you get involved in the music?
Ginjah : I was already into music from the time I was born. It was always there. The music is a calling to me.
RV : Many Jamaican artists have started their career with a sound system. Did you perform with a sound system?
Ginjah : Yeah, with a local sound called... Ghetto Rock. Was with that sound as a little boy.
RV : Do you remember the first time you went into the recording studio?
Ginjah : Actually the first time I entered a studio was in my school uniform. I did an audition at King Jammy's studio, passed the audition and voiced a song. However this song was never released. One year after that I did over that very same song.... "Ink Out Of The Pen". It was my debut single released on an independent record label called 'TNTA2ANA'. But the single didn't get much attention.
RV : And then...
Ginjah : ... went to Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotion. I wanted to gain knowledge about the music business and that was the right place to do so. I jobbed there and learnt quite a few things.