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KASHIEF LINDO READIES "LOVE ON" ALBUM

9.14.2021

[SOUTH FLORIDA] – " Love On, Kashief Lindo’s first album in nine years, will be released on October 1 by Heavy Beat Records. It has 14 songs, produced by his father Willie Lindo.

 

The singer released an EP, Justice: A Conscious Journey, last year. Unlike that project which had songs with social themes, Love On is strong on ballads.

Lead single from the set is Prisoner of Love, originally done by James Brown. The other cover is Goodbye Now Forever, made popular by ska duo The Clarendonians in the 1960’s.

 

None of Lindo’s hard-hitting songs that entered South Florida reggae charts in the last year are on Love On. Most of the tracks are original which is a departure from A Reggae Tribute to Michael Jackson, his previous album which came out in 2012..."

By Howard Campbell

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KASHIEF LINDO IN DANCEHALL MAG

4.22.2021

"US-based Reggae artist Kashief Lindo is addressing racism in his latest single I Can’t See Your Face, which was released on April 16 under his father’s HeavyBeat Records independent label.

The Jamaican-born singer is known for hit songs like First Cut and Hard Times in 1993. Kashief moved with his family to Miami as a child and his first recording was produced by his father, Willie Lindo, in 1992. His 2012 album, A Reggae Tribute To Michael Jackson, featured 18 cover versions of the King Of Pop’s songs.

Here are 10 questions with Reggae artist Kashief Lindo.

You were born in Jamaica, what was it like growing up? What was early life like?

Yes, I was born in Jamaica, however, I migrated to the United States at the age of 6. My short memory of Jamaica is going to school and most times after school I spent time with my father at the studios. I also remember meeting some of the artists and musicians, but I had a normal life like any other child.

Does writing, producing, and singing come naturally or is it a lot of hard work?

A combination of both, you have got to have the talent, also a mindset to put the work in.

What is it like growing up in a family traditionally performing & producing reggae music?

Everything seemed quite normal to me because there was nothing to compare it with. Other than going to school, playing with my friends, and in the studio recording over time lead to me becoming in addition to singing, a musician, and a producer. It all seemed normal to me.

Your debut album Trouble Free topped the charts in the United States, Europe, and Japan, how did you handle this success at a young age?

To be honest I was not even aware of the success at that time, for it was just classwork, playing with my friends and working in the studio.

What album and song do you rate among the best of your work?

I see music as love, life, all things positive. My approach is always to get the best, never hype. Not knocking hype, but if I can get one person to have a positive day that is my goal. The best effort goes into making all songs then let the public decide..."

By Phillip Dinham

FULL ARTICLE: https://bit.ly/3tODcXL

KASHIEF LINDO IN JA OBSERVER

7.20.2020

"Six years ago Kashief Lindo was among millions of people who watched the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both black men who died at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

He and his father Willie lay tracks for a song that became Human Life which was released in June as the death of George Floyd --- another black American --- sparked international outrage.

 

“It's always the same, nothing has changed for black people. Human Life was recorded at least six years ago, so as I said, nothing has changed,” said Lindo.

 

Human Life was written and produced by the elder Lindo for his HeavyBeat Records which is based in South Florida. It is the follow-up to Till Dem Bun di House which also decries racial injustice.

 

Kashief Lindo said “it was hard to watch” the May 25 death of Floyd in Minneapolis. He was suffocated when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, while three other officers watched.

 

The offending officer has been charged with second degree murder while his colleagues who watched the incident without intervening, have also been prosecuted.

 

There were other high-profile deaths of black Americans by white police in the US during that period. They are Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

 

For the Kingston-born Lindo, who has lived most of his life in the US, those incidents are almost par for the course.

 

“Except for COVID-19 it is not tougher than any other year. This has been our life year after year,” he said.

 

George Floyd's death triggered protests throughout the US by the Black Lives Matter movement. It also prompted calls by activists, celebrities, and legislators for widescale police reform in that country."

By Howard Campbell  

 

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