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Friday Flex meets Legendary Reggae Singer Dawn Penn

Added: Monday 20th May 2013 08:22:26 AM

Friday Flex meets Legendary Reggae Singer Dawn Penn

The Friday Flex show was honoured to welcome The Legend Dawn Penn to our show for an interview before her performance later that night in Leicester.

Date: 26 April 2013, Venue: EAVA FM Studios, Leicester.

During the interview, Dawn discussed her musical background and how she learned to the play the violin, piano and organ growing up. We played “Here’s The Key” from the Vintage Album 1 and Dawn revealed the violin on the song was played by her. Discussing her influences, Dawn said she would listen to artists such as Aretha Franklin, and Diana Ross but her favourite was Dionne Warwick.

Delving into many different aspects of her life, Dawn spoke of growing up in Kingston Gardens and living near Coxsone Dodd and Prince Busters records shops. She explained she would visit the studios in her free time with different friends. During this period people like Luther Dixon and Chuck Jackson helped her to develop her singing. Dawn also pointed out that through training, she was able to attain level 7 grading in her piano studies.

We then went on to discuss Dawns time in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Dawn went there to discover her family roots from her father’s side. Spending 17 years there, Dawn had many different jobs and also raised a family. Dawn also discussed meeting Bob Marley a few times in Tortola and explained that she knew Bob from the Studio One days. During this time, Dawn was still was involved with music and decided to return to Jamaica “to find Dancehall” in the late eighties.

Discussing the many different songs Dawn has recorded and performed, she acknowledged ‘No No No’ has given her the opportunity to perform in over 50 countries around the world. Even though she still enjoys performing this song, Dawn also told us “When I’m going to be free” also held a special place in her heart.

A lady of many different musical talents, Dawn has produced music in Reggae, Hip Hop, House, R&B as well as playing many different instruments. Discussing her autobiography which she has written ‘Story of my life’, Dawn wanted to give the true story of events after reading false information on the internet. As Dawn put it the book was the true story “from the horse’s mouth”.

Dawn Penn is a lady who will forever be recognised as one of the true legends of the Reggae music industry. We at the Friday Flex show would like to thank Dawn for taking time out to visit us in the studio for the interview before her performance later that evening.

Check out Dawn Penn on:

Twitter - @DawnPennMusic

Facebook - Dawn Penn

Youtube - Dawn Penn


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