Jamaica is most commonly noted for the beautiful beaches, the great weed references, Bob Marley...or just the Marley's in general, and good spicy food. What we don't hear too much about are any metal bands that are potentially hidden about on the island, including one band in particular, Orisha Shakpana.
Orisha, self classified as a raw/ black Pagan metal band, is a project that started as a three piece band called Dark Cirkus in Jamaica back in 2004. After years of struggling to create a metal scene in Jamaica, the band dropped to one member, Orisha, who released two full length demos in 2006. The only evidence of the demos are of two tracks that can be found on the internet, "Satanic Powers in Jamaican Hills" and "The Offspring of Gashanami" with lyrics based on the Central African mythology.
It's a bit hard to dicipher the tracks, as the music follows the muffled trends taken by heavy metal artists who mask their lyrics in the microphone, but here are the lyrics found online for one song where the 2nd track on this demo is based on the legend of the African god of Vengance, Gashanami:
"I evoke the black bull I evoke Gashanami to continue his vengeance upon mankind
In the winter solstice He haunts you
The black bull of Trelawny His long black horns impale the human
The ghastly black bull slayer of the Christans Slayer of Myal,
the white magick Slayer of all good and pure
The bloodthirsty god of vengance wants your death as he spreads across the island behind his flaming eyes is death
He snorts nothing but smog and fire.
There are some other underground bands on the Jamaican alternative scene, including a few we found called Gas Money, Downstairs, and Petrus, all in which have a slight hint of reggae traces to give away their origin, whether it is the vocals or the delayed rhythms.
Check out Gas Money here: