Kamau

Kamau

 Kingston, Saint Andrew, JAM
SoloWorldReggae

" His unique style creates a fresh new sound fusing different styles of music from around the world with a pulsating reggae beat."

Biography

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A prolific songwriter and melodious singer aptly describes Kamau whose debut CD "Sight Up" underscores his musical prowess.

Born Horace Morgan, he took unto himself an African identity with the sobriquet Kamau which means "Quiet Warrior". " That name says who I am in every sense of the word, a serious warrior quietly moving through on a mission" the singer pointedly states.

Kamau's musical journey began at an early age while growing up in the gritty East Kingston community of Nannyville Gardens. As the youngest of seven brothers and sisters, it was mandatory for him to attend nightly church services and accompany his mother to choir practice. Consequently this exposure led to the development of a very keen ear for music as week after week he absorbed lessons in the use of pitch, chords and the creation of vocal harmony.' "As I grew older I realized music was as much a part of me as was breathing" quipped the reggae crooner. He also began writing his own material with compositions that started out as poems later evolving into songs.

In 1993 Kamau met veteran bassist and music producer Glen Browne, who introduced him to the business of music and worked with him to hone his skills and develop his musical craft. The two worked well together and their collaboration produced his debut album "Sight Up" released on the Island Treasure Label.in 2003. The record included hits such as "Don't Wanna See You Cry", "Sight A Revolution" and "Psalm 54" among others. With Peter Tosh and Bob Marley as his main sources of inspiration, one of Kamau's first songs "Serious" , attests to the deep seated philosophical worldview expressed in his material. "I think writing for and to the world is my duty, hence when pen meets paper, every strata of society where my music is played should be able to relate" adds the "Sight A Revolution" singer. He has graced the stages of many major local events such as Rebel Salute, Reggae Sumfest and Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

In 2006 the singer forged a partnership with four other musicians to form the band Dubtonic Kru. As lead vocalist and Percussionist for Dubtonic Kru, Kamau gained tremendous international exposure and experience from touring with the group from 2008 to 2014. He has performed in the US, Africa, Asia and most of the major European Countries, playing at major Reggae Festivals such as Summerjam, Rototom Sunsplash, Garance and Upsalla Reggae Festival. In 2011 the band copped the prestigious award for Best New Band in the World as they competed in and won the annual Global Battle of the Bands Competition in Malaysia.

Having garnered years of experience both locally and internationally, Kamau is now firm in his resolve to create a musical legacy that will endure for generations to come. "Jah has been my guide and inspiration from the get go and now I move to the next phase of my development.

Lyrics

Sight A Revolution

Written By: Horace Morgan

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I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING, SIGHT A REVOLUTION SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING,
SIGHT A REVOLUTION SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING SIGHT A REVOLUTION SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING SIGHT A REVOLUTION
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING I SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING

RASTA NAH GO SIT BACK AND LET HEATHEN TEK OVER JAH WORLD, NAH GO SIT BACK AND LET HEATHEN TEK OVER JAH WORLD.

BROTHERS CANT YOU SEE WE HAVE STRAYED FROM THE WAY WE OUGHT TO BE,
WE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE MEN, BUT WE SHUN OUR RESPONSIBILITIES INSTEAD, WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR WAYS, NOW STICK AROUND TO SEE OUR CHILDREN AT PLAY, NOW CAUSE THE SAME UNLOVED AND BEATEN UP YOUTH NOW IS THE SAME CHILD THAT GROWS UP AND ABUSE. YEAH

I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING NOW
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING NOW
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING NOW
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING NOW
MOVEMENTS, MOVEMENTS, WATCH DE MOVEMENT

LEADERS YOU CAN TELL I PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN HELL SAID YU PLAYING YU EVIL FLUTE ALWAYS SEDUCING THE UNSUSPECTING GHETTO YOUTHS,GRAND WAS YOUR UPRISING, BUT QUICK SHALL BE YOUR FALL AND ALL YOU HAVE TURNED YOUR BACKS ON THOSE WHO PUT YOU WHERE YOU ARE BUT WE AINT WORRIED, CAUSE WE KNOW YOUR END AINT FAR

I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING
WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR WAYS,

NOW STICK AROUND TO SEE OUR CHILDREN AT PLAY, CAUSE THE SAME UNLOVED AND BEATEN UP YOUTH, NOW IS THE SAME CHILD THAT GROWS UP AND ABUSE. YEAH

I SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING NOW
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING NOW
SIGHT A REVOLUTION BOILING NOW
I SIGHT A REVOLUTION COMING NOW
PEACEFUL CHANGE IN PEACEFUL WAYS,
RESPONSIBILITY TODAY, IF WE HAVE TO FIGHT, WE’LL MAKE IT RIGHT SIGHT A REVOLUTION YEAH NAH GO SIT BACK AND LET HEATHEN TEK OVER JAH WORLD. SIGHT A REVOLUTION

Joy

Written By: Horace Morgan

I RISE AND I SEE, A NEW DAY DAWNING, YEAH FLYING GRACEFULLY LITTLE BIRDIES CHIRPPING, THE MORNING MISTY IS SLOWLY DRIFTING, THE MASTER OF CREATION IS ALL SMILES, I SAID THE MASTER OF CREATION IS ALL SMILES THE WILLOW KEEPS TALKING,
THE DAY IS WINDY, THERE’S A DUST-BOWL IN THE MAKING, ALMOST IN A FRENZY,
THE SUN IS CRAWLING SLOWLY ACROSS THE SKYLINE, THE MASTER OF CREATION IS ALL SMILES, I SAID THE MASTER OF CREATION IS ALL SMILES,

CHO.
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, IN THE MORNING,
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, TO SEE JAH SUN RISING,
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, IN THE MORNING,
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, TO SEE JAH SUN RISING,

I’M CONSUMED BY THE FRESHNESS OF THE COOL MORNING BREEZE, INSECTS REVELLING IN THEIR PLAYTIME, DEW DRIPPING FROM THE TREES, A RAY OF SUNLIGHT HITS THE WATER AND THE GLIMMER TOUCHES MY EYE, ITS THE BIRTH OF A NEW STRONG, COME SING ALONG

CHO.
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, IN THE MORNING,
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, TO SEE JAH SUN RISING,
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, IN THE MORNING,
IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,
IT GIVES ME JOY, TO SEE JAH SUN RISING,

THE BIRDIES ARE FLYNG TO THEIR RESTING PLACE, THE ORANGE RAYS OF THE SETTING SUN SHINING ON MY FACE, THE MOON IT GREETS ME ALONG WITH THE TWINKLING STARLIGHTS, THE MASTER OF CREATION IS ALL SMILES I SAID THE MASTER OF CREATION

CHO.
GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY, IT GIVES ME JOY, FILL MY HEART WITH LOVE, IN THE MORNING, ITGIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY, IT GIVES ME JOY, FILL MY HEART WITH JOY, A BLESSING FROM ABOVE ITGIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY, ITGIVES ME JOY, BLESSING FROM ABOVE IT GIVES ME JOY, JOY, JOY, JOY,

Discography

Serious
Exile
Sight A Revolution
The Children
Sally
Devine Destiny
Rise Up
Great Man
We Want Peace
Psalm 54
I Love Jah
Joy
Don't Want To See You Cry

Set List

Typical set can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours using mostly original material.