Keznamdi: Reggae's Next Superstar
Rising reggae singer, Keznamdi's sound is as unique as his name. The singer who is not only a fusion of rich musical history, but also scholarly prowess says his love for music has always been innate.
"This is not a choice or hobby for me, music chose me. It’s a way of life and the only thing I have ever known," explains a passionate Keznamdi.
Keznamdi who spent his early years touring the world with his parents, lead singers of the international group, Chakula, honed his craft under their careful watch. He says he remembers countless nights falling asleep to the soothing strums of his father's guitar, or hanging out backstage with his sisters, Kamila and Kelissa McDonald at reggae concerts. Not surprisingly, he recorded his first song at 5 years old - "Mix a Color" - an educational song, inspired by his mother's background in early childhood education at Harvard University. Already a natural performer and crowd pleaser on stage, he jumped at the opportunity to perform "Mix a Color" at his mom's album release tours for her popular children’s album "Save the World" which became a viral hit in primary schools across Jamaica.
As a teenager, Keznamdi and his family moved to Tanzania for 3 years, while he completed high school in Ethiopia. His multifarious musical sound is therefore a direct product of his diverse and well-traveled background: a sweet blend of reggae, dancehall, bongo flavah, R&B and rap.
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