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Hotseat - Joyah Gumbs

799_hotseatJoyah Gumbs is a talented musician from Anguilla, who is currently enjoying her position as the bass player of the three-part band British Dependency. An avid fan of Reggae music, Joyah helps to blend new positive vibes into classic Caribbean sounds. Hailed as Anguilla's first female bass player, she is an inspiration to young musicians on the islands, especially girls who may be intimidated by the overwhelming number of men in the music industry. Strong-willed, mellow and creative, she prefers to let her music do the talking. Joyah brings the best of Anguillan soul to the Reggae scene, holding her own as the bass-line of British Dependency.

Where were you born? Tell me a little about where you grew up.

I was born in Anguilla in the Eastern Caribbean, where there are no skyscrapers or big bright lights; just the necessities of nature's gifts.

Where did you go to school? What was it like?

I went to primary and High school in Anguilla. Then I went to several different schools in America for Pastry Arts.

What was College life like?

Going to school for Pastry Arts was rewarding, because I learned how to be serious and how to dedicate myself to a profession.

Tell me a little bit about how you got started with music.

I never went looking for music; she searched and found me. I only responded and from my acceptance we became one.

How did you end up joining British Dependency?

The one guy, who knew I was in my bedroom teaching myself how to play the bass, heard the manager of BD saying he wants a female bass player. He introduced us, and boom I was in the band.

What do you love most about playing in the band?

Meeting people is what I love the most about being in the band. They are my rubies and pearls.

What is the most challenging part about being in the band?

I would probably say touring on a bus. It's hard, but it's through those tough hardships that we bond as a team.

What is your most memorable occasion as part of British Dependency?

Meeting Family Man - Bob Marley's original bass player.

Is it hard being a female in a male-dominated industry? How do you cope?

Nope! At times I actually forget that I am a female. I see myself as just Joyah, carrying out my mission, no male or female, just Joyah. Plus, the guys treat me just the same.

Who inspires you the most and why?

Bob Marley. Regardless of what was going on in his life, he showed his pure, ever-flowing love for his Creator, which enabled him to carry out his mission. That is what inspired me the most about that man.

What do you do in your free time?

Hit up the pool tables!! I love to play pool.

What (other/hidden) skills or talents do you have?

I have superb piping skills. I can breathe life into any cake.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I want to build platforms, create paths and construct bridges for my people on my island, who are artists like me, or who simply have a dream. I want to make it easier.

What was your happiest moment?

When I realized I have no fear, except for my Creator.

What would be your alternate choice as a place to live and work?

I love the rhythm and tempo of California. It's just such an amazing place that I connected to while I was there on tour.

If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be? What would be the one question you would ask and what would you prepare for them?

Bob Marley, notorious B.I.G and Marvin Saap. I would ask each one of them for a hug. I would make apple pie. No one can make an apple pie like I can. I know they would all enjoy it, especially Bob.