Reggae artist KEZNAMDI is the very special guest on this week's REALITY TIME radio show. Hosted by the furious Selecta Kurious and mighty MC Taiyefoon this Sunday, April 20, 2014. Reality Time brings you the latest reggae news, culture and exclusive interviews each Sunday on Bigupradio's 24/7 dancehall station.
Tune in for this special interview with reggae sensation KEZNAMDI.
Showtimes are 3am, 9am, 3pm & 9pm EST.
Not surprinsingly, Keznamdi recorded his first song at 5 years old—“Mix a Color”—an educational song about color mixing, inspired by his mother’s background in early childhood education at Harvard University. Already a natural and crowd pleaser on stage, he jumped at the opportunity to perform Mix a Color at his moms album release tours for her popular children’s album “Save the World” which became a viral hit in primary schools across Jamaica.
Keznamdi began to take his musical career to the next level while at St. Mary’s College in Northern California. He was most excited to come to college in the United States primarily for the opportunity to play Division 1 soccer, another one of his life passions which he still manages to make the time for.
Before coming to the US, Kez lived in Tanzania with his family for 3 years, and completed his high school years in Ethiopia. His multifarious musical sound is a direct product of his diverse and well-traveled background: a sweet blend of Reggae, Dancehall, Bongo Flava, R&B and Rap Music. The eclectic blend of melodies and conscious, positive lyrics in Keznamdi’s music has also been influenced by musical icons such as Stephen Marley, Damian Marley and Chakula.
With a guitar always in hand and golden locks on his head, Keznamdi’s music is just as captivating as his image. His personality and sense of humor on stage is an immediate magnet for people of all cultures, seeking to tap into a “feel-good” musical vibration.
“My music is a message and everyone of my song dem have a purpose.” You need fi just sit back and relax or stand up and jam…whatever you are moved to do (he chuckles). “Just tek a listen and experience it for yourself and more important than anything else, digest my message.”
About REALITY TIME:
More than 15 years of consistent participation in Northern California's reggae scene qualifies Kurious as an old dog among the Bay Area's myriad selectas and sound systems. Top artists like Luciano, Yami Bolo and Warrior King have contributed to his impressive collection of dub plates. This Oakland native has spun at every dancehall venue worth its salt and 'long side any and all reputable selectas in the area. Reggae heads come from all 'round to hear his generous mix of bashment, ganja man and God-bless riddims every time he shows up to the dance.
For the last 5 years Selecta Kurious has been the co-host and dj for his very popular Internet radio show Reality Time. Broadcasting every Sunday and internationally reaching tens of thousands of devoted listeners weekly, Selecta Kurious and Mc Taiyefoon have over 150 shows under their belt and have interviewed and hosted the who’s who of Reggae artists: Barrington Levy, Eek-A-Mouse, Sugar Minott, Pato Banton, Lucky Dube, Tony Rebel, Jr. Reid and Yami Bolo, just to name a few.
Taiyefoon is Oakland born and grown. He began his radio career at Cal State Hayward where he hosted the university's popular hip-hop/reggae show Rip City Radio while studying broadcast media. The gentle giant has absorbed the reggae scene since the Reagan era when Eek A Mouse was an Omni regular and Sun Splash annually accompanied the arrival of spring at Berkeley's Greek Theater. Currently, Taiyefoon is host and producer of "Full Circle," KPFA's weekly culture magazine. Together they bring you Reality Time Reggae.