No Maddz New Year Reunion
Leethan Grandison, Youthlink Writer
No Maddz members from (left) Everaldo Creary, O'Neil Peart(second left) and Sheldon Shepherd (second right)and Christopher Gordon(right)
It's their smooth bag of lyrics, witty toasts and catchy lyrics over reggae music and a natural talent that have allowed No-Maddz the prominence they have secured since they formed almost nine years ago. No stranger to Youthlink and a prominent culture group act on many shows, including the Prime Minister Youth Award and Youth in Concert.
The four member group comprises Christopher Gordon, Everaldo Creary, O'Neil Peart and Sheldon Shepherd, started performing as a group because the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) wanted a group to perform in its dub poetry category. The four, who were already performing dub poetry individually, decided to combine their poems and enter the JCDC festival competition. They claimed the number one spot with a perfect score. Since then they have been the group to talk about.
Since 2004 the group has been performing with only three members from the group, as Christopher, have been studying at Huntington College, Indiana (USA) where he got a scholarship to major in theatre. Having completed his studies and back home to reunite, Christopher and No-Maddz are prepared to give the public something extra for the beginning of 2009.
The group who style themselves as "contemporary dub poets" are to showcase a splendid reuniting of the group's bent for combining comedy and profundity which helps define their uniqueness.
Speaking with Youthlink Sheldon Shepherd noted, “look out for more from No-Maddz…it’s the beginning for more, in 2009 we will be coming out with our first album The Trod; which will be between 11 and 13 tracks.”
The No-Maddz member told Youthlink, “we will also have a docu-drama, which is almost like a film; where we all will be captivated even further.”