Sounding A Mosaic - Bedouin Soundclash
We congratulate Bedouin Soundclash for picking up the ‘New Group Of The Year’ award at the 2006 Junos. The trio of Canadians wears the influence of Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, The Skatalites and a host of other reggae and ska heroes proudly on their sleeves. They sound more like a product of Studio One in Kingston, Jamaica than Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where the friends first got together. Vancouver-bred guitarist and singer, Jay Malinowski explains, “The three of us came together because we all loved reggae music. Individually, we take different musical avenues and then try to slip everything into the mix. In the end, we’re a bunch of Canadian kids who are making music that is really far from our homes.” Malinowski and his buds have taken some flack for apparently assuming the mantle of Bob Marley, which of course they dismiss outright (you’d have to be three dumb-ass Canucks to think that would fly in the reggae world). But, hey UB40 were never born in the shadow of the Blue Mountains and they’ve earned a pretty good rep doing drop beat for twenty-five years. Music isn’t Jay Malinowski’s only artistic passion by the way. His major at Queen’s was Fine Arts and his paintings can now be seen in a solo exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre in Toronto. His work also graces the cover of the band’s album, Sounding A Mosaic.