Pomps and Pride
Photography: Tizzy T.O.K.Y.O
In the golden era of Reggae, it was said that the music reflected strong messages of Rastafari and was the sound of the ghetto, as it often referenced the dilapidation of the sufferer’s environment.
Being the son of Veteran Recording Artist Donovan Joseph and the cousin to the crown prince of Reggae Dennis Brown, Autarchii, is adamant about continuing the mission of Reggae’s golden era. His lyrics and melodies seem to be fiery and educational simultaneously. He has had the pleasure to be a mentee of the late legendary Wayne ‘Sleng Teng’ Smith, who taught him many ins and outs of the music industry at the tender age of 17.
The name ‘Autarchii’ depicts ‘autarchy,’ which means absolute rule or power. His cousin officially placed it on him, who believed that his revolutionary approach to music would make him inextinguishable.
2017 saw Autarchii releasing his debut album entitled ‘Land of the Free,’ which VPAL Music distributed. Reggae Vibes Magazine, a Netherlands-based Magazine, said, “listening to Autarchii’s first full-fledged album is a mind-blowing experience.”
The prowess of this ever-growing artist led him to open concerts for numerous amount of Veterans such as Horace Andy, Inner Circle, Anthony B, and The Mighty Diamonds.
Autarchii is an artist and a black revolutionary who uses his music to develop the community. He is the founder of the ‘Youths Today Scholarship’ and “Entrepreneurship Meets Live Music,” an event designed to boost self-reliance among black youths.
While on a 2-week promotional tour of Canada to promote his debut album, Autarchii received an award from Reggae Xclusive Magazine, acknowledging him as the “New Voice in Reggae.” Fresh from his Fall 2019 tour in Kenya, Autarchii continued to work on his EP entitled ‘Disrupting the Status Quo’, released on his Red A Red Music Group Label and Distributed by Tuff Gong International in November 2021.
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