Kabaka Pyramid on life, music and his debut album ‘KONTRABAND’, a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebblerock Records.
“ Music is art that embraces self-discovery. I feel good about my music because it’s therapeutic, it’s an outlet for turning negativism into something positive. I am constantly growing as a performer and vocalist, standing firm on the philosophies of the Rastafari movement. Fram yah do music, yuh ago be influential.” – Kabaka Pyramid
Born Keron Salmon, he is known by his loyal fans as Kabaka Pyramid. He is writing his own hieroglyphs on the world’s stage with conscious lyricism. A multi-talented artiste, producer, and songwriter from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica is adored worldwide for his edgy stylistic sound of Reggae and Hip-Hop fusion.
“ The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley
The iconic ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ hitmaker, Bob Marley, is credited to be the most transcendent musicians of all time inspiring the new generation of Buffalo Soldiers to fight for the freedom of the Black race and world peace. And one such soldier is Kabaka Pyramid, he possesses the prowess to affect the world with positivity through his authentic reggae music.
“ Kabaka Pyramid me a de lyrics deity, me lyrical from me bawn yah… style just a chop like propa marijuana…” – Kabaka Pyramid
Jamaica is one of the royal gems of the Caribbean, its an island with a rich history of African ancestry. And, the home of the world’s most influential Reggae (an evolution of Ska) music and the Rastafari religion. The captivating reggae artistry emerged in the late 1960s and is perceived to be the Voice of the Oppressed. Rastafari is an African-centered religion and social movement that was established in Jamaica in the 1930s. Characterized by the belief that Haile Selassie I; who was once emperor of Ethiopia is God. The movement encourages the repatriation to Africa of the descendants of slaves.
“ The Rastafari movement plays a major role in my life, it has influenced my self-identity ever since I was a teen. As a Rasta youth growing up in Jamaica, you are given like a colonial / slave name. I am deeply rooted in my African heritage and as such, I decided to search for an African name and found Kabaka. “Kabaka” is Ugandan for “King” and Pyramid symbolic of stability, strength, and precision; I have always been attracted to ancient Egypt. I believe in spiritualism, conscious evolution and reincarnation, the name ‘ Kabaka Pyramid ’synchronizes with my spirit. ” – Kabaka Pyramid
Kabaka Pyramid and many of the world’s most famous reggae artists such as Chronixx, Protoje, and the Marley brothers practice this religion. Therefore, many of their songs encompass reggae lyrics reflective of the beliefs and traditions of Rastafari, leaving long-lasting impressions of social activism among the black consciousness of the world.
“ Music chose me. When I was younger, it never crossed my mind that I would become an artiste. I just kinda gravitated to music over the years, put pen to paper and started to write songs. I experiment with different techniques of expression singing, DJ, and rapping. The feedback that I got from people encouraged me to continue on this journey with my brethren them of the Bebblerock camp. And now, the vision is set and the release of a debut album with the likes of Damian Marley is rewarding. I am forever grateful.” – Kabaka Pyramid
The much anticipated full album, ‘ Kontraband’, produced by‘Welcome to Jamrock’ hitmaker Damian Marley, and Stephen Marley has been released to the world on all digital platforms. Kabaka Pyramid, the Lyrics Deity launched his debut album at the Bob Marley Museum on May 25, 2018. This museum should be listed as the eighth wonder of the world. It is the world’s largest collection of artifacts, writings, memorabilia and photographs from the extraordinary life of the legendary Bob Marley.
“ I learned a lot while working on this album especially from Jr Gong, Stephen, and the whole Ghetto Youths International camp. There were challenges, but nonetheless, some beautiful songs came as a result. The right links were made to capture the uniqueness of each song. Gong was able to get Akon on the track of
‘ Africa on the Rise’. I never dreamt that that collaboration could even come into existence. I am thankful that my value of character is recognized for a project like this.” Kabaka Pyramid
The album consists of 15 tracks along with a bonus track and features powerful collaborations with mega-stars Damian ‘ Jr Gong ’ Marley, Protoje, Chronixx, Akon, Pressure Busspipe, Stonebwoy, and a bonus track with Nattali Rize. The album flaunts a distinctive sound of energetic outlandish rhythms of drums, bass, and electric guitars blended effortlessly to create the Pyramidic sound of music. With tracks such as Blessed is the Man ft. Chronixx, Kontraband ft. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Can’t Breathe addressing social and economic injustice with politicized lyricism and the roller coaster situation of love in Kaught Up.
Kontraband is unequivocally the Album of the Year for the Bebblerockers camp and maintains a sense of individuality with mass appeal for a wider diversity of music lovers especially the hip-hop fan base. Kabaka Pyramid is creating a timeless sensation of music that will live on.
Let’s Chillax with Kabaka Pyramid
1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
“ When I was younger, I had a birthday party and invited everybody from my school to celebrate with me a me yard. I remember this girl weh me did like and I got the chance to kiss har inna spin the bottle (giggles) yeah that was a nice birthday.”
2. What drives you to always dream big?
“The State of humanity and the world. We have a far way to go to achieve universal brotherhood. And, I think everything that I try to do, I do it with that goal in mind, especially for the black community. I want to eliminate racial inequality.’” – Kabaka Pyramid
3. Who are some of the persons in music and otherwise that have inspired you?
“When I just started out, I wanted to sound like Sizzla but gradually I grew into my own style. I am inspired by him and other artistes like Capleton, Jr Gong and Stephen Marley etc have influenced my style of sound and vibes. Their dedication to their music, character, and consistency over the years is truly inspirational. I also read a lot of books by authors like Dr. Llaila Afrika, Max Heindel and Miguel Brooks, author of ‘Kebra Nagast’. I am drawn to authors that speak about spirituality, evolution, and consciousness. “ – Kabaka Pyramid
4. “What is your ultimate goal regarding your career in the music industry?
My ultimate goal is to establish Bebblerock music as a prominent record label in the reggae industry. We aim to leave a legacy that will continue to spread positive vibrations in the lives of people in Jamaica and the wider society,” – Kabaka Pyramid
5. Describe your proudest moment/ greatest achievement in the music industry so far.
“Every year, something new just happens. But some of my proudest moments were, performing at Rebel Salute for the first time, I remember when I got Breakthrough Artiste of the Year for the Canadian version of the Grammys at the JUNO Awards. And, the time when Major Lazer and Walshy Fire presented the Accurate mixtape.”- Kabaka Pyramid
6. Is there anything that you change in the entertainment business in Jamaica?
“The music industry in Jamaica is a very tricky one. There is an individualistic mentality that everything is about me and self. I think that that needs to change and we should take a more unified approach in the industry. A great deal of training is needed when it comes to management and marketing artistes for the industry.” – Kabaka Pyramid
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM KABAKA PYRAMID TO UPCOMING ARTISTES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
“ Make the sacrifice to spread your music and do not limit yourself. Set your foundation, and build on it for the future. But, most importantly, develop your craft and work on your weakness. The more you concentrate on mastering your talents to perfection, you are making way for your light to shine. Be patient, with determination and perseverance you will attract the right people that will help you on your journey.” – Kabaka Pyramid
Album available for streaming and purchase at https://kabakapyramid.bandcamp
“ Everyone has a story to tell, its the voice that we choose to speak it, will determine how the world will receive and perceive it” – Zhaneirie