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June 16, 2014
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Master drummer hailed for work on Jukeboxx rhythm

Kirk Bennett - Contributed

Superstar master drummer Kirk Bennett is getting major props in the reggae-dancehall industry for his brilliant work on a new Jukeboxx rhythm for fellow producer Shane Brown, which boasts heavyweight names such as Shabba Ranks, Konshens and Tarrus Riley.

He had just returned to the island from a show in Barbados with Beres Hammond when he got a frantic call from Shane Brown and they met up and made magic.

Recently, Kirk Bennett was named in the prestigious largeup.comTop 10 reggae drummers list alongside names such as Sly Dunbar, Lloyd Knibb of The Skatalites, Carlton Barrett and Mikey 'Boo' Richards.

"I am humbled to be included in such elite company, but I think that I am still climbing up the ladder, I have a long way to go, but it is great to be recognised," he said.

Bennett, a top-flight beatmaker known for the worldwide hit Tek Weh Yuself, has continued to steadily work on productions for his own Kirkledove label.

"I just did something with Queen Ifrica, a song called Natural Green Herbs, as well as with Tony Rebel, a song called Ninety Bars. Also working with RDX on some projects," he said.

Bennett tours heavily with Beres Hammond, as well as with international superstar Jah Cure.He has played on several of Hammond's big hits, includingCome Down FatherandI Feel Good. Bennett, who has also done session work with Toots Hibbert and Marcia Griffiths, counts Sly Dunbar, Carlton 'Carly' Barrett of The Wailers and Lloyd Knibb of The Skatalites as his biggest influences.

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