Vinyl Music Hall Presents



Tue, November 14, 2017

7:00 pm

Vinyl Music Hall

Pensacola, FL

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

General Admission * Standing Room Only- If Any Seating Is Available, It Will Be On A Strictly First Come-First Serve Basis * All Ages * Additional $5 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian * Posted Times Are Door Times- Events Generally Begin 30-60 Minutes After Doors Open * No Re-Entry

Ever since the 1970s New York City has been home to the world’s biggest Caribbean community outside of the West Indies. From the time of Super Cat and Shaggy, New York has been known as the city that breaks Dancehall hits. In legendary venues like Brooklyn's Biltmore Ballroom, Act III in the Bronx, and the Q Club in Queens, Jamaican dons and donnettes who moved to America in search of a better life would turn out in their freshest fashions to catch the latest sounds from Kingston—or to see stars visiting from the island, some of whom would eventually settle in NYC.

For the first time since those glory days, New York has its own Dancehall star, a 24-year-old from Jamaica; Queens named Kemar, better known as Kranium.

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Kemar Donaldson emigrated to Florida at age 12. There he spent time with his uncle, a former dancehall star known as Screwdriver who recorded a string of catchily controversial Jamaican hits during the 1980s and took the youth under his wing. “My uncle told me ‘You can sing, but you have some problems.’” Kranium recalls. “I used to go there every weekend, and this man taught me everything. I learned about breath control. I watched him play piano, guitar, saxophone, and flute.”

After graduating from Screwdriver’s music academy, Kemar relocated to Queens, New York where he gravitated to the reggae scene that was thriving amongst the large Caribbean population in New York City’s outer boroughs. That’s where he recorded his breakout hit “Nobody Has to Know.”

In a very short time Kranium has established himself as one of the hottest international dancehall artists with hits like “Nobody Has to Know,” “Lifestyle,” and “History.” Everything started for Kranium in the house parties and nightclubs around his area in Jamaica, Queens and the overall NY dancehall culture. He started to record in New York around 2008, earning the name Kranium for his ability to record songs “straight off the head” with no pen or paper. “I knew every single DJ that was playing out every night, and I would never stop giving them new songs,” Kranium says. “Every summer in Queens I had a hot song.” In 2013 he joined the Frequent Flyers label and management team and his music began to make waves internationally.
If music can ever be described to have an element of "refined rawness" then you have aptly described Fyakin's music. A young talent to rise out of Portmore, Fyakin is here to claim his place in music history with his honest lyrics and signature delivery.

Fyakin was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1988. Many persons have been pleasantly surprised after listening to his music as he sounds like a "seasoned Reggae veteran". He realized at an early age that 'writing and chanting' was his destiny. He gratefully credits all he has accomplished to the positivity imparted by his older brother, Neumowatt, a brilliant songwriter. ‘The Most High calls on you when you are young, cause you are strong' comments a confident Fyakin. Fyakin finds himself surrounded by other cultural Reggae icons in the industry, such as I Wayne and Gyptian, who have taken reggae to new heights over the past few years.

Fyakin humbly credits I Wayne for imparting valuable words of wisdom that has helped to keep him on the righteous path. 'I Wayne told me to sing life music, culture music. No gun tunes, and that's what I have been doing.' He acknowledges however, the influences of other reggae artistes such as Burning Spear, I Wayne, Richie Spice, Jr Gong, Sizzla, in steering Fyakin's career in the right direction. He has performed in front of some of island’s largest audiences by making appearances at Sting, East Fest, Island Explosion, Spring Break and many more.

In recent years Fyakin has been broadening the scope of his musical reach by voicing for producers in America and Europe as well as in Jamaica. He’s had the opportunity to travel to America for the filming of “Old Vibes” a song he did for the Upsetta Record label based in Vermont, USA. When traveling to the States for production work, he’s also performed on stages in New York, Philadelphia, and South Florida.

This year finds Fyakin working to perfect his skills as a producer and musician, while continuing to write songs that have a powerful and lasting effect.

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Venue Information:
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202