The popular Jamaican artiste Kabaka Pyramid, real names Keron Salmon, kicked off his career on a sound system before starting a studio with his friends in 2002, and it is only after ten years later that he gained the deserved recognition with the release of magical musical projects.
His name, Kabaka has always been questioned by fellow Jamaicans and other reggae music lovers world wide. To answer this frequently asked question, he says;
“I found the name Kabaka while I was searching for African names and it resonated with me. In the Ugandan Empire, Kabaka means King. Then I attached ‘Pyramid’ to it because that is one of the highest achievements of black civilization. Pyramids are monuments that have stood the test of time and I want my music to be like that”.
The co-owner of his independent label, Bebble Rock, Kabaka Pyramid is proud that his music has been getting recognition in Europe and Africa. He describes his style of music as a fusion of reggae and hip hop, Kabaka Pyramid says it is a rewarding feeling to finally be getting recognition after putting in the hard work.
He has collaborated with global reggae icons including Protoje, Chronixx, Damian Marley among others, and he acknowledges the efforts of the forefathers like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer who upheld and popularized reggae music in the world in the 1970s.
He has done some songs with African musicians, the latest being ‘Borders‘ featuring Ghanaian reggae and dancehall star Stonebwoy. The song was produced by Damian Marley, one of Bob Marley’s sons.
You can listen to the song here: