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October 7, 2013
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Kingeyes teams with J'can and Cuban producers for reggae album

Kingeyes - Contributed

Many international artistes struggle to find their space and musical identity. There are those who experiment with various musical styles, and others who use their own culture to define their ultimate sound.

For emerging reggaeton artiste Kingseyes, musical identity came from his exposure to a potpourri of cultures and backgrounds throughout his lifetime.

His first single, Mamacita Bonita, demonstrated the arrival of a fresh new talent, with the energy that captivates his audience, but strikes out in its own territory. The 'Kingseyes' sound is appealing to reggae and soca followers, but can easily be identified with those who are soothed by smooth lover's rock, dancehall, pop or house music. He defines his sound as Reggaeton - a blend of Jamaican dancehall, Trinidadian soca, Latin American salsa and electronica.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, but now residing in Germany, Kingeyes is no stranger to music. He began his journey at age 10, singing on school and church choirs back in his childhood hometown. With numerous opportunities available to his parents in Europe, he left Nigeria in 1993 and moved to Stuttgart, Germany, where he has been residing since.

While in Europe, Kingseyes explored many professional fields and currently holds a post graduate diploma in Law and a Master of Science degree in International Business Management and Strategy. With his many years of experience in Law and business management, Kingseyes soon realised that his true passion was with music.

Finding balance with maintaining a day job and pursuing your true passion had not always been easy for this artiste, and he found his solace recording and performing with a pop band called E-Connection in 1996.

By 2007, Kingseyes had perfected his craft as a "pop" musician and recording artiste, shared the stage with top reggae performers including Luciano, Ziggy Marley, Inner Circle, I Threes, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Gramps and Peter Morgan of Morgan Heritage, top pop acts of the 90's - Fun factory, Pharaoh, as well as Master Boy, and collaborated with German reggae artiste Anthony Locks.

Despite varied success and exposure as a pop artiste, his reggae inspiration forced him to experiment with the Jamaican-rooted genre. Influenced by the sounds of veteran reggae stalwarts Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, King Yellowman, Freddy McGregor, Josey Wales, Shabba Ranks and the legendary Bob Marley; Kingseyes created an infusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady as the front man for No Sports - one of Germany's best-known ska and rocksteady bands. He led the band between 1999 and 2003.

He is currently signed to independent label Nicbay Records/Cut Music, and is working with various international music producers to deliver his first 15-track reggae album, which is set for release before the end of this year.

Indeed, his passion for reggae music is based on the positive messages and the life it brings to its listeners. Kingseyes explains, "Reggae music has soul, and it is the soul of the music that never leaves your ears and your heart."

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