“Kabaka Pyramid it is my name, the game it will never be the same” (Free From Chains -KP)
Keron “Kabaka Pyramid” Salmon became known to many of us in 2007 when he appeared on DJ Green Lantern’s “Myspace Invasion” mixtape.
From the moment we were introduced to him, to the present, Kabaka has achieved many things, personally and professionally.
- In 2008, he was featured on the “Bebble Business” album (as a part of the Bebble Team group), dedicated to Taiwo “Rap Brown” Mckenzie.
- In July 2011, he released a free downloadable EP “Rebel Music”, the project, a melding of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop and Roots, made waves at home and internationally.
- In 2012, he went on a 6 week, 13 show tour throughout Europe
He has been on countless music charts, and has been featured in many publications. ‘Touring with my own band was great, working on music with Jr. Gong, and receiving awards like ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Juno’s Song of the Year’ are some of what he considers to be his greatest achievments.
Before all of that however, Kabaka, grew up in a happy, Christian two parent home with his brother, near Mona in Kingston 6, Jamaica
Salmon always had an interest in music, he would sometimes change the lyrics of popular songs and make tapes of his music on his mother’s tape recorder. It wasn’t until third form that he realized music would play an important role in his life, or perhaps, the impact that he would have on the music industry. That’s when he, along with friends, formed “Time Bomb Sound”.
His love of Hip Hop and Reggae is the backbone of his unique sound. His music reflects both genres in a cohesive fusion. Kabaka isn’t of the sometimes popular opinion that music genres need to be kept pure. He believes that the mixing of sounds is what makes music evolve and grow. I asked Kabaka if there was ever a time that he lost his musical way, he responded: ‘I always made music, whether I was in school or working 9-5. Music never stopped’. Working out of the Bebble Rock music camp, Kabaka spreads his message of positivity, spirituality and consciousness.
“On the battlefield I’m a rebel with a cause” (Liberal Opposer – KP)
When asked about his goals, hopes and dreams, Kabaka said ‘I need to set more goals. Naturally I just go with the flow. My goal is to live my purpose, it’s an on-going process, knowing it and living it. I don’t really dream in the sense that most people do. As long as I’m living my purpose then I’m on the right track’. So what exactly does Kabaka Pyramid think his purpose is?
He wants to reach as many people as he can with his music. That is, to create good music that uplifts people and encourages them, rather than lyrics that lead the youth astray. He has said that if he could eliminate such music, he would. He has worked with Donisha Prendegast on the “Africa Unite” school tour, the main aim of which, was to spread the word of Rastafari and the liberation struggle in South Africa. He is also part of Manifesto Jamaica, a NGO that aims to empower Jamaican youth through arts and culture. Performing for and working with the youth, is something that Kabaka cares greatly about.
“Cause the school dem never teach us, nothing bout we African features”
“Mi grab the microphone and tell the pretty black woman dem nah fi bleach up” (Free From Chains -KP)
Who does Kabaka listen to? ‘ Sizzla, Midnite, Pressure, I really love Queen Ifrika’s style too. I don’t listen to a lot of music though; I have to force myself to keep up with wa gwaan’.
The artist has a one track mind where music is concerned, and that has to do with putting out a good product.
Kabaka has many unreleased tracks that he would be proud to put out, but feels that the industry might not be 100% ready for them just yet. ‘I like the songs where I talk about the deep stuff I read.’
“Rastaman ah foundation, Binghie man ah yod from creation, Natty hold a higher meditation, and give the ghetto youth an education” (Foundation – Jah Sun feat Kabaka Pyramid)
Kabaka was a musical ambassador for the recent Marley 70 festivities, which were geared around celebrating the birth of Bob Marley, and he just released a track called “Well Done” which was produced by Damian “Jr Gong” Marley. The song stays true to his mindset, in it he sings about corrupt politicians and the plight of the poor.
So what’s next for Kabaka Pyramid? ‘More shows, music, videos and hopefully an album! Keeping it Accurate!’
The word ‘kabaka’ is Ugandan for King. Africans built the pyramids, and Kabaka the artiste, believes that they house the universal laws that are important to creation.
His belief system is deeply rooted in living a conscious life, one not restricted by society’s views and restraints.
I believe that if Kabaka continues on this path, we can expect more good music, positivity, self-awareness, African pride, and Worldwide Love for many years to come.
“From the seat in the ground to the skies up above, this is a worldwide love (Worldwide Love – KP)”
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