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Teflon, aka Young King is a Rastafarian Dancehall and Reggae music artist from the Jamaican parish St Mary. The parish is known for producing such artists as Capleton, Ninja Man and Lady Saw. Teflon presents a powerful musical talent, voice and message. His recent album, titled “Young King: The Beginning” was released December 4, 2015 and is available online.
He has just completed the west coast leg of his USA “Young King Meet The Poor Tour” promoting the album. Teflon will continue to spread the message of Jah, love and respect globally on his 2016 tour with locations and dates to be announced.
Where did your name Teflon originate from?
I name Teflon came from I and I friends because I was unstoppable both in mind and spirit. Whereas anything I and I put I mind to I will not stop until I achieved it. I put a meaning for Teflon which meant "Teach Each Forever Love Over Nations". However, Teflon was when I was young like a solider and now I have matured into the status of a King for the army of Jah. So now I go by the name Young King, hence I Album titled "Young King The Beginning"
I see you have been drawn to playing instruments from a young age (10 years old).Were your grandparents your strongest supporters?
I grandparents were I biggest supporters for it was they who paid for I and I music classes. Wherein, I made the national newspaper at a very young age in school for playing the drums and performing in I school choir. So "Yes" they are.
What do you envision your music imparting on the youths today?
I and I is a role model to the youths base on the fact that I music communicates the essence of their struggles, emotions, feelings and livity that they face daily. I am a strong communicator with this platform of music, so I ensure that I use this medium at all times to help educate, save, deliver, uplift or even spark social commentary. This have allowed I and I to have a very strong youth following from ever since because they all can relate to I music.
Can you tell us what fuels your passion to keep spreading the message of love and respect?
The message of love and respect is very close to I heart and anyone who interacts with I is hold to that high standard. What fuels it, is the fact that I was brought up that way to show love and respect for it is the passport and visa of life that will take you anywhere. Therefore, I as an instrument of Jah is charge to spread His message of Love and Respect everywhere I go for I walk in the footstep of the King.
On future collaborations, do you have any Reggae legends in mind that you are excited to work with?
I have worked with one of the founder of Reggae on I Album Mr. Lee Scratch Perry, I wasn't around to work with the Legend of Reggae Bob Marley however I have signed a distribution deal with his company Tuff Gong International. I have worked with Living Legends like Sizzla, Capleton and recently produced a Beenie Man track. So who I will work with I would be Beres because I respect his work and also mommy Marcia.
What are you most excited for in your upcoming 2016 tour?
Well I am excited to meet new people and their culture. So I am looking forward to go new places, meet and spread I message of Love and Respect for I 2016 "Young King World Tour"
Thank You Teflon for your time here with Reggae Nation Radio.
The pleasure was mine and I want everyone to go and support I album "Young King The Beginning" it’s a very nice Album. Thank you all and Blessed Love. Also follow I on twitter, instagram @Teflon_ja and Facebook
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