The 2021 AKADEMIA Rising Star Award winner, Tende Kasha, was born Francisco Dos Passos Malheiros Dos Santos in Luanda, Angola, migrated to Portugal in 1977 as a war refugee. In his youth, Tende Kasha found solace in music and through his father’s wide music collection. He immersed himself in a diverse range of genres. In 1989, he moved to London. There, Tende Kasha continued expressing himself through his passion for singing and performing. For many years, Tende Kasha struggled with war traumas from his early years in Angola. His love of music helped him overcome these adversities, and he has always derived great inspiration from African/Jamaicans and musicians from other cultures. Tende Kasha connected well with their kind of music, as they elegantly explore the strife of contemporary life in their home countries.
Tende Kasha is a singer, songwriter & percussionis who has always been strong about singing and expressing himself through his music. He is very proud of his African heritage. The following Reggae artists strongly influenced him: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Don Carlos, Gregory Isaacs, U Roy, Mighty Diamonds, Midnite Band, Israel Vibrations, Culture, and many more.
Release Date: June 26, 2021
His debut album, INNER TUNE, was released in May 2017. The album was recorded with a constrained budget and in just thirty days. INNER TUNE’ introduces Tende Kasha as one of the most compelling and vivid storytellers in the independent music scene. His style of Reggae harkens back to the golden era of the genre, evoking Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and the like. In 2017 he received the Akademia award for best Reggae song with his song POETIC JUSTICE. Three years after releasing his first album, Tende Kasha is back on the music scene with a studio single titled SHINNING STAR, released on June 26, 2021. SHINNING STAR is an introduction of what the next EP, releasing at the end of 2021, will bring.”