Kabaka Pyramid on a mission
BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
February is Reggae Month and the Jamaica Observer continues its coverage with related stories.
TWO days after copping the Breakthrough Artiste of the Year award at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honours Awards, singer Kabaka Pyramid was back on the job.
Yesterday, he released his latest single, Never Gonna Be a Slave, produced by Kimani 'DJ Frass' Palmer.
He says this year his mission is to record a song that will resonate in the hearts of listeners "over and over".
According to the roots artiste, he intends to remain relevant in a competitive field by "being original".
"I'm all about conscious lyrics. I want when my songs are out there listeners keep getting something new from it every time," he said.
While he is keen to record an album, he says for now he's working on releasing singles and continuing to build his name.
The JaRIA award, he believes, is a step in that direction.
"To receive the Breakthrough Artiste of the Year [Award], knowing that people appreciate the work you are putting in is a good feeling," he told the Jamaica Observer.
Last year, Kabaka Pyramid got the thumbs-up from Billboard magazine which ranked him number one artiste on its The Next Big Sound chart.
That weekly list ranks the 15 fastest moving artistes.
Born Keron Salmon in Kingston, he is part of a neo roots-reggae movement that includes Chronixx, Damas and Jah Bouks.
His most popular songs are Mi Alright done in combination with Chronixx 2013 and No capitalist released in 2012.