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Hotseat - Luciano

790_hotseatJamaican Reggae Crooner

Luciano emerged as one of the most important reggae singers in decades in 1995 with the release of his landmark CD "Where There Is Life." Since that much acclaimed release, Luciano's music has been consistently praised. You will be able to see Luciano during 2014 St. Maarten Carnival.

Who is Luciano?

Luciano is a man who firmly believes in God and knows that he cannot exist without the love and grace of The Almighty. I was born in a humble family of nine; my mom and dad had five daughters and four sons of which I am the seventh child. I realized my God given gift from an early age and so set out on a mission to utilize my talent. On this mission, I try to inspire mankind and remind ourselves about our purpose to serve Jah.

Where were you born and where did you go to school?

I was born in Manchester, Jamaica, and went to school there. I spent my high school years at Manchester High School.

Did you take music, singing or dance lessons? When did you start?

No, I didn't take any music or dance lesson, I think I have an inborn nature to do music. I started singing from as early as 10 years old in the church.

You were born Jepther McClymont. What's the story behind your name Luciano?

The name Luciano was given to me by Mr. Homar Harris, who is my good friend and producer. It is an Italian name meaning "bearer of light".

How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a natural Rastaman, who loves life and everything that comes with life.

When did you start recording hit songs? Which song has been your greatest hit?

I started recording hits from as early as 1993; my first hit came from Big Ship Production (shake it up tonight). My other hits came from Exterminator label with producer "Fattis" – some of the songs are One Way Ticket; Lord, Give Me Strength; It's Me Again, Jah; later on, other songs like Sweep Over My Soul, Give Praise to Rastafarian, etc.

You did a tour in Zimbabwe. What impressions did you get about Africa?

I have done many tours not only in Zimbabwe, but also Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia and other countries in Africa. I love Africa and do songs about Africa. When I am in Africa, I feel at peace and sense that I am home!

Where is your favourite vacation place?

My favourite vacation place is just taking a drive to Manchester where I was born to just relax and be with my family. I travel the world and see so many places; family home is the place I want to see!

Do you have hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?

My hobbies are swimming, diving, playing football and riding bike. In my spare time, I do a lot of reading.

Do you have any pet peeves?

My main pet peeve is that I don't like untidiness or slackness. I like when things are organised.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself doing the same work I am doing now: singing, touring, etc.

If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be and what would you cook for them?

I would invite Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and my good friend Mikey General. I would cook some Gungo soup, rich with coconut milk; yam, sweet potatoes and cornmeal dumplings. Later, I would give them a glass of lemonade.