Respect | Ras Kaneo

Irie Magazine | Respect | Ras Kaneo

Ras Kaneo

Jamaica

Ras Kaneo was born Junior Stafford Lloyd Dixon to Marva Doreen Clarke and Mr. Stafford Lloyd Dixon on October 13th, 1988 in the little district of Rose-hall community, Linstead St. Catherine. Kaneo grew up listening to many great artiste such as Toots & the Maytals, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Garnet Silk & Black Uhuru etc just to name a few. His father had a large collection of records from these artists and used to play them on a regular basic, which fueled Ras Kaneo’s desire to pursue a career in music. Fascinated by the sounds of the instruments and the urge to understand the messages in the songs that the artiste is trying to spread. Kaneo began questioning a lot of things. Continuously seeking answers about life and the values of living, and the struggles poor people had to face.

After graduating junior high, Kaneo attended the Dintill Technical High School. This was where his musical talents began to become more evident to his peers and family members around him.

He began writing his own songs and his confidence to perform them got greater. He performed at a school concert at Dintill High at 16 yrs old in 2005. To the surprise of many, Kaneo had now become a new discovered talent on campus. Ras Kaneo’s popularity as a young aspiring artiste got larger and more and more people started to encourage him to take it even further. Kaneo was approach by Kevin Brown, manager of Zeana Caribe, who heard about his talents and offered him a contract. Kaneo worked on his debut Ep under the guidance and leadership of Kevin Brown. The Ep consisted of four (4) tracks. The songs featured on this debut Ep were ‘Dream’, ‘Come Around’, ‘Caught’ and ‘Praise’. In 2008, Ras Kaneo was featured on Cvm at Sunrise program where he did his first television interview. In December the following year 2009, Kaneo was booked for 3 shows in Suriname. His first 2 shows were in Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname and the last show in Albina (which is a town located on the border of Suriname and French Guiana).

He had the privilege to work alongside a number of great people in the music industry like Steven Stewart, Andel Tucker, Clive Hunt, Dave Edgar, Danny Champagne, Derrick Harriot and few other legends. After his contract at Zeana Caribe ended, Kaneo ventured to Portland where he worked with YFL Bloodline with producer Syntax and thus the pairing between the two brought about two singles ‘Real Dem Nuh Real’ and ‘Nah Change’.

Currently, Ras Kaneo is working with an upcoming recording label by the name of Ghetto Life Records and G City Music, where he is presently working on new projects. He is currently promoting tracks like ‘Life a the Greatest’, ‘Ghetto Life’ and ‘Leave Babylon’ where these songs are getting great feedback. He also made a music video for the single ‘Ghetto Life’. The video was on rotation on the Tempo Cross Caribbean Countdown and made it to number 3 on the countdown. The song titled ‘Leave Babylon’ is produced by Triple L Records on the ‘Blue Mahoe Riddim’ which also features artistes like Hezron, Louie Culture, Torch, Pzed & a few more uprising artiste. Ras Kaneo is currently managed by Lenworth
‘Bokaroo’ McLean, restaurant owner & businessman.

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