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In the embattled hills of Cocorite, St. James, there lived a farmer. But he was not your typical green-thumbed agronomist, ideally raising several crops or livestock. No, this farmer is determined to raise peace and tranquility among the warring factions that are hell bent on causing terror. And his armor is stocked with ‘banana clips’ of different calibers.
No overalls for Fire Farmer, Jameel King who grew up in Belmont, is making a difference in his adopted community of Cocorite, Port of Spain. And he's doing so through the medium which is most familiar to him: music. From his formative years involved with the Kilimanjaro School of Arts and Culture in Cocorite, Jameel was introduced to the tenants of the industry. With a solid foundation established, he became actively involved in the family deejaying business ‘Blackheart AO (Alpha & Omega). Encouraged by his mentor in the project Deejay Dane to further his musical skills, Young Farmer went on to become certified in digital and sound engineering and deejaying himself through the Institute of Broadcasting Careers.
Deejaying introduced Farmer to many local groups, bands, artistes and musicians and he picked up as much as he can from them, from song structure, tempo, rhythm, timing and production. He then decided to become a musician himself after his younger brother Ras-Star (Kamaul Franklyn) emerged as the winner of Synergy Soca Star in 2011. It was through him that young Farmer got a glimpse of a career in entertainment and the One Drop Movement was born.
Now standing at the helm of the Movement, Farmer utilizes many of his marketing and managerial skills to promote an impressive roster of artistes below him. He is also actively involved within his community as he is the Youth Officer of the Citizen Security Program. As many as five hundred youths have been able to access information in many profitable areas such as agriculture, computer literacy and repairs, disaster response, micro and small business development, peer education, media literacy and basic literacy.
Farmer is first and foremost a very gifted musician and already has a full album, The Life of King Jameel 1st’ featuring several up-coming artistes. Several tracks from the album such as ‘Me Don’t beg friend’ which was released on Tempo with an accompanying video for 2013 was highly acclaimed among his peers. Released just in time for Carnival 2k14. Under the Blackspear banner he has released ‘Endorse’ with fellow ‘spear-mate’, ‘Mr. Marvelous and he currently has nearly 15 songs under his belt.
Fire Farmer has also ventured into other media forums with the debut of ‘Fig Clip: The Movie”, and indie community spoof in which he co-wrote, co-produced and directed. The soundtrack of the ‘yet-to-be-released’ short film features several other acts from the label, a collaborative effort between both One Drop Movement and Blackspear Music.
So what advice does this extremely busy, quite gifted individual has for others who want to blaze their own path? “Work hard, don’t become distracted by what others has to say and always strive to be the best. Jah set us on a particular path and it is very difficult, but we must not turn our back on what lies ahead.