Kardinal goes reggae

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall says Suit of Black, his upcoming album, has a lot in store for reggae/dancehall fans.

Among its tracks are collaborations with Stephen Marley (One Dream Away) and Agent Sasco (Lion).

The 16-track set also features a remix of soca singer Bunji Garlin's big hit, Truck on Di Road.

Suit of Black, Kardinal Offishal's sixth album, is slated for a December 1 release.

Kardinal was born Jason Harrow in Ontario to Jamaican parents. He says he maintains ties to his roots with regular visits to Jamaica.

My father wanted me to know where I came from so I grew up surrounded by reggae music. My father was a sound (system) selector so I grew up listening to a lot of reggae and dancehall music, he stated.

In 2008, Kardinal Offishall joined forces with neo-soul singer Akon and his Kon Live Music company which had a distribution deal with the major Interscope Records.

Their collaboration produced the Billboard singles Dangerous and Number One (done with Keri Hilson). Kardinal Offishall's previous album, Allow Me to Re-introduce Myself, was released in 2012.

He and singer Jrdn's song, Can't Choose, won a 2014 Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) for R&B Soul Recording of the Year.

— Simone Morgan




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