Q: Before we move into anything else, I should ask how you came to sight up Rastafari? This has been or is pretty central in your repertoire, obviously.
A: Well, that was born within, yunno. Is only develop within the I, that was born within. Yeah, because from when I was a young boy my grandparents taught me about Africa, a lot. And they teach me how we come to exist in the west. I know as far as my African name, yunno, I know that we are from Ghana, and I know that my African name is Quao. So my grandparents was very much, I wouldn't say 'cultural', but those days they could not expose themselves. Ca' my grandfather he was a Christian, he was a churchman, and he didn't teach me about church. He would more tell me about Africa and how we come to exist in the west.
Q: They were followers of Garvey?
A: No, not what I know of. I know that they were church people, they went to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. But they were different kind of a Christian people, beca' they don't teach me about the church. My grandfather would say 'The further from church is nearer to God'. He say that church cannot save me. So a clean hand and a pure in heart, y'know. So all they was teachin' me of the church, he always teach me more of Africa.
Q: Not too common in those days, I guess. Unusual?
A: Very, very. But that's what used to happen, beca' I usually go to the farm with him a lot of time and he would say things to me, he would tell me a lot of things about Africa. My grandmother she told me she come from the Congo, Ghana, and our name is Quao. The first person, the boy that came to the west, his name was Quao. And even a little while ago, when I was talking to the promoter, he knew some people as 'Quao'. And whenever time I say that, y'know, is like people know it.
Q: Good to hear the link has been maintained well over the years, it's a strong link.
A: Yes man, every time, every time. Cannot fade away (chuckles).