Keithus I Speaks About “The People’s Cry” Album
Queen Gee interviews Roots Reggae Singer Keithus I
Queen Gee: Tell us about your music background and history?
Keithus I: My first love for music came to I while living and sharing the same yard space in a community called Allman Town in Kingston Jamaica with the late and legendary saxophonist Don Drummond; a member of the Skatalites band during the ska era. My attention was drawn to his melodies when he tunes his instrument and play. My interest for music grew while attending Central Branch Primary School. Dawn Penn, Dennis Brown and Glen Ricks were also students at Central Branch and I participated in class concerts and Church concerts. My first recording was during the seventies at the late Bob Marley’s 56 Hope Road house in a rehearsal room with Aston family man Barrett, his brother Carlton, Tyrone Downie and a guitarist friend of the crew. The recording was done live on a two tracks tape, titled Red Hot. I did several follow up recording up to the early eighties then migrated to Canada to attend college, to pursue my other love; communication arts.
Queen Gee: Do you specialize in a particular musical genre?
Keithus I: I specialize in Reggae music genre.
Queen Gee: What motivates your brand of music?
Keithus I: To tell my stories and be a voice for the voiceless.
Queen Gee: Who are your biggest influences?
Keithus I: The Abyssinians, Bob Marley and the original Wailing Wailers, Don Drummond and the Skatalites, Burning Spear, Curtis Mayfield and many more.
Queen Gee: Which record label are you currently signed to?
Keithus I: Jah Dynasty Productions my own independent label.
Queen Gee: Tell us about your latest project.
Keithus I: I recently released a 13 track album titled The People’s Cry. I also did a music video in Ethiopia to support the first track titled Ethiopia. The album was recorded in Kingston Jamaica with some of the most talented musicians such as Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Danny Axman Thompson, Kirk Bennett, Melbourne Miller, Bongo Herman, Danny Bassie, Robbie Lyn, Paul Crossdale, Owen Rennals, Bowie McLaughlin, Garth Forrester, Winston Bowen, Dean Fraser, Everald Gale, Ian Hird, Barrington Bailey, Kemroy Bonfield, Count Ossie Jr. & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. Supporting vocals are Nikki Burt, Leba Hibbert, and Farah Roshay. Engineered by Delroy Pottinger.
Queen Gee: Where online is your music available for streaming and purchase?
Keithus I: My music is available on CDBaby, iTunes and all leading digital outlets, also at JahDynasty.com, YouTube and SoundCloud.
Queen Gee: If you were given the opportunity to collaborate with five (5) established artistes, who would you work with and why?
Keithus I: I would collaborate with Jessie Royal. I did with him on my previous album Changes, title track
System Set. I love his tone and style. Protégé, Junior Gong for their creativity and knowledge as younger artists and their chanting styles. Jimmy Cliff, for his experience and versatility, and Judy Mowatt for some of her traditional songs, example Black Woman.
Queen Gee: What do you have in store for your fans for the remainder of 2018?
Keithus I: Doing promotional shows to showcase myself and my work.
Queen Gee: How can you be found on social media?
- For information visit my website: Jah Dynasty
- For bookings, email JahDynasty@jahdynasty.com firstname.lastname@example.org