For Immediate Release (June 23, 2023 – Kingston, Jamaica) –
Veteran Jamaican reggae singer, Ken Serious, has released his new single “Defend Mi Blackness” displaying black pride and spotlighting social justice issues. The song is released through Issachar Muzik label and distributed by Tuff Gong International. This is his first track working with executive producer, Jah Lloyd of Issachar Muzik.
About Ken Serious:
Kenton Emanuel Matthews, the artist known as Ken Serious was born in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica and raised in Prattville district, Manchester and Farquhar Beach, in the parish of Clarendon.
Ken sang folk songs at york town primary. his first real performance was in a school festival contest. Ken’s mom, dad and grandmother were his first influence. His mom also sang at concerts and ken started listening to sound system cassettes and reggae artist Bridgadier Jerry was his influence to start deejaying, such artists as Nicodemus and Charlie Chaplin, just to name a few of his early influences. Ken’s dad was the youngest member of his band he used to sing and play the banjo and guitar.
The singer has been spreading the positive vibes and spiritual word through his music for over 30 years in the reggae genre. His name was Captain Kenterus when his first song released in 1987 on the Skengdon label, the song entitled “Gone A Sea.” He joined Tony Rebel’s Flames Crew and recorded on the Flames label, Star Trail, Studio One, Priceless for Bounty Killa, Roaring Lion for Cocoa Tea and Shark labels just to name a few.
The first sound system Ken worked on was King Basil disco from May Pen. His big break was with King Stur Mars with Danny Dread, the best selecter in the business, with artists like Nicodemus, Little Harry, Junior Cat and more. Tony Rebel (and the Flames Crew) was the first to bring Ken from sound systems to the stage in 1994 on the Earth Vibes Fest at Ft. Clarence Beach St. Catherine. He performed on stage with Tony Rebel, Garnett Silk, and Freddie McGregor. Ken has performed on the Irie Jamboree in New York, the Reggae Bash at IRIE FM and the Red/Gold/Green affair also in New York City and more.
Ken is one of the founding members of Rebel Salute which is still the biggest shows annually in Jamaica . He toured North America with Cocoa Tea and Louie Culture and has worked on some of the biggest stage shows in Jamaica. He is presently living in the USA and working as an independent artist.
In recent years has released two EPs Rise Above on the Blaza music label from New York City and Fit For A King on TMP Records from Detroit, Michigan. He is currently working out of his iquality music studio where he recorded his latest releases
This artist is not done yet! Jah works are not done! He will be spreading the serious, spiritual words and vibes for many more years to come.
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