Sweden-based reggae-dancehall artiste Kuzi, aka KZ, is now in Jamaica promoting his latest single, 'Di Gyal Dem Say', which has been creating a nice buzz in dancehall circles. A video for the single was released this week, and will go into rotation on HYPE TV, CVM TV, and E Plus.
"The reaction to the video has been incredible so far, people love the quality, the girls and the swag that mi show inna the video," he said.
The single appears on the Major Vibes Production label, and is the lead single for his MixedPersonality album, which will be officially released on iTunes and other downloadable sites on January 26, 2014.
"The album will be launched in my hometown of Above Rocks, St Catherine, on a lawn. Mi a get a sound and do it the real way for my fans in the community," Kuzi said.
In the coming weeks, he plans to begin heavily promoting the single at the street dances in the Kingston Metropolitan area.
Born Oneil Burke, Kuzi was raised in Above Rocks. Growing up, heattended St Mary's All-Age and then went to St Mary's College to complete his secondary-level education. While attending St Mary's College, principal Audrey Wallace recognised Kuzi's musical talent as a singer and he made his first appearance at a concert at the school and got a rousing response from the crowd.
In high school, his friends gave him the nickname 'Silk' because of his ice-cream smooth vocals, but later changed his name to Kuzi, aka KZ, when he started recording professionally at age 18. At first, he teamed up with a group consisting of two other members called ASK in 2005 and two years later, they scored two radio hits which did well on the local charts in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.
ASK made several appearances on television stations in Jamaica and performed at several major shows locally, like Sting and Cycle Fest. However in 2009, KZ felt that the group had stalled and decided to split, going solo to advance his own career. When he migrated to Europe, he began to release several reggae and dancehall mixtapes, which got favourable responses on the reggae-loving continent.
"I do conscious music in the one-drop and dancehall formats. I just try to keep the message uplifting or fun. I believe that with the power and message through music and the inspiration of Bob Marley and 2Pac, the world can be unified. Music is life, life is power, live and love; look out for the new album coming soon," he said.