“Father Protect Me,” is a dancehall laced anthem that portrays the life of the young living in inner cities, with a message and visuals underlining the plight of the up and coming generation needing prayer for protection and the resolve to stay on the right track.

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The Roots

Keznamdi spent his life surrounded by music – Reggae that is. His parents created the world-renowned group Chakula, that introduced Keznamdi to much of the music industry from a very young age. His parents had a recording studio in their home in Kingston, Jamaica, where Keznamdi himself recorded music as well, even as early as five years old (“Mix a Color”).

Before moving to the US, Keznamdi and his family spent time living in Africa, finishing up school in Tanzania and Ethiopia. He released his EP, “Bridging the Gap” in 2013 and been dropping “roots and culture” ever since.

In 2015 Keznamdi releases ‘Ganja Man’ followed by his collaboration with Zhu ‘As Crazy As It Is’ which made it to the Billboard Dance Electronic Charts, which was followed up with a single called ‘Champion’ that claimed the #1 spot on the Reggae Album Charts. 2016 saw the release of Keznamdi’s ‘Herb’ a remix of Rihanna and Drake’s ‘Work’ which tore up the pop charts.

In March 2017, Keznamdi released his biggest hit to date with good friend and mega reggae star Chronixx called ‘Victory’ from his Skyline Levels Vol 1 EP set.

The Musical Influence

There is an easily perceptible correlation between Keznamdi’s music and where he’s spent most of his time. You hear the influence of his parents’ band, Chakula. In his music and through his beats, Keznamdi pays homage to [having lived in both] Jamaica and Africa. Other than his parents and sisters who have also dabbled in making music, Keznamdi’s sound has been influenced by the Marley Bros, Damian and Stephen.

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The Sound

“Father Protect Me,” is a dancehall laced anthem that portrays the life of the young living in inner cities, with a message and visuals underlining the plight of the up and coming generation needing prayer for protection and the resolve to stay on the right track. The video was shot in LA, specifically South Central, and shows the harsh and rigid visuals of living in this neighborhood.

All the while, he sings:

“Father protect me, beg you keep me pon track, Father protect me and watch mi head back.”

From his first EP Bridging the Gap, “Darkness” feat. Kabaka Pyramid is easily relatable. The lyrics:

“And you took advantage when you got the chances. When you think no one sees, someone is watching you […]. You’re hiding in the darkness […] you’re living like you’re heartless”

The lyrics evoke the image of an unfaithful partner; a feeling almost anyone who is of the age can speak to.

The Road

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