Keithus I musical journey started in a tenement yard in Allman Town Kingston,
From a very early age he was not only inspired by greats in the reggae musical
capital but Keithus I played right alongside many of them. Keithus I shared the
same yard space with the legendary late, great Don Drummond a trombonist. He
would watch Drummond clean his instrument and create beautiful melodies and the
love and affection started there.
While attending the Central Brach Primary school as a kid, Keithus I met other
aspiring musicians now known as reggae pioneers such as…Glen Ricks, Dawn Penn and
the late Dennis Brown.
Keithus I have memories of Eric Monty Morris helping his mom sell fruit and
fritters under a shady tree in the school yard. Morris is a founding artist of the
Ska music movement. It was there where these young artists would show off their
singing chops and would be rewarded with fruit by Morris. Keithus I recalls Dennis
Brown usually winning the most produce, admittedly because Brown had the best
melodies. Together the group took part in many school concerts under the
guidance of Mr. Crawford, a music instructor and the late Madge Sinclair, a tutor
and guidance counselor.
Growing up in the heart of reggae’s music capital Kingston, Jamaica…Keithus I was
inspired by the deep roots culture, lyrics and rhythms. Despite the fresher flavor
of music today, Keithus I stays true to his deep roots with a reggae blues flavor.