It’s very rare that you come across a voice that intrigues you, making you want to know more about a person and the sound that they produce. This happen to me about a month ago, as I scrolled through Instagrams infamous popular page, up pops a Music Video with a beach scene that captured the silhouette of a tall figure standing at the shoreline, the song caught my attention but when the singer fully came into view, I actually took notice of the lyrics.
It is well known that the presence of Koffee, the new kid on the Reggae Block has ushered in a modern contemporary sound of reggae, but Ackeino as I soon found out, has carved out his very own space within the Reggae/Dancehall scene as its newest culture sculptor.
Pronounce Your Name
Where are you from?
Saint Ann’s Jamaica
Jamaica! Home of the artist named Koffee, whose making waves around the world musically!? I’m loving the sound that’s being produced out of Jamaica right now, Koffee is kinda like the headliner for this new Poppish, Urban Dancehall, Afrobeat infused vibe, that is now taking over. Even the looks of the new wave contenders of dancehall have changed. Let’s talk about that, and honestly, that’s what drew me to you Ackeino, your distinctive voice and look.
I believe the reason behind this sound coming out of Jamaica right now, is because we’re multicultural, which is good! We are very familiarized with different cultures, such as the American culture and African culture, etc. By being this way it helps us as Jamaican artiste to relate more to people worldwide, and at the same time not losing our culture.
What do you think is driving this type of sound?
Reggae its self is the driving force of this new sound that everyone is hearing. Its the root of our music, and I believe as reggae grows, branches come along with it, hence this new sound, but the root will always be reggae.
Where do you fit in amongst this new genre of Dancehall, because it is its own entity. If you could find a name for it, what would you call it?
I’m currently carving out my own space within Reggae, music as a whole in actuality! I’m making my own fit, I don’t want to fit in, I want to stand out. I can’t give the sound that your hearing a name right now, its just our very own unique style of making music.
Let’s talk looks? Now before in the reggae dancehall culture, it seemed to be about bright colors and a lack of clothing, but now you see the influence of American and English Clothing brands, the layering of clothing and the use of subtle earth tones. Why do you think the look of Reggae/dancehall culture is changing?
Change is a must in anything that you do, in order to stay current and relevant. As the world progresses so should you, and when it comes to fashion, fans are always looking to see what are the latest trends and styles worn by the artiste. If you’re not stylish enough it could destroy the credibility of your character as an artiste, crazy but it’s true. Major clothing lines all over the world are now collaborating with reggae artiste, so an artiste must adapt to the change.
Getting to the source of you, Music! Your track “Mek Mi Talk” is actually how I discovered you while doing some Instagram research. How did that song come about?
“Mek Mi Talk” emerged from a place, due to a series of things I had gone through in my past, and things people are going through today currently. Not many of us were born privileged, but so many of us are working to let our kids have the privileges we didn’t have. So the journey of life is what compelled me to write the song “Mek Mi Talk.”
I recently heard what you termed your “Ice Breaker” track “Gift” and was floored. I had to bring it back so many times, that it took me about 10 minutes to actually listen to the whole song, there are so many gems and real-life metaphors that are dropped in that “Gift”. What inspired you to write songs like “Mek Mi Talk” & “Gift”?
I termed the two songs “ice breakers” because those two tracks are like a foundation to my life. “The man who forgets where is coming from has nowhere to go,” I use that quote to navigate my life, and that is why I started out with “Gifted” & “Mek Mi Talk” to remind me of that, and to let others know where I’m coming from.
Your musical journey, how did it start?
Any musical mentors?
Nope, no musical mentors
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
I would have to say, Chronixx
What major stages do you see yourself on next?
The “Summerjam festival” in Germany
Tell me about some highlights within your career.
Some highlights within my musical career would be that I was featured in the Canadian Yardie, Nightlyfix, twist, and getting air play all around the world.
What can fans expect from you in the next couple of months?
Fans can expect great collaborations, an EP that is coming out very soon, and more stage performances.
How can fans find you?
On Instagram @ackeinoreal
Closing out this interview what would you like to tell new and old listeners of your music
” Life Stings Hard, If You Dont Have A Plan” -Ackeino