Respect | Yaksta

IRIE™ Magazine | RESPECT - Yaksta


Kemaul M. Martin, professionally known as Yaksta, is an upcoming reggae and dancehall recording artist and songwriter from St. Mary, Jamaica. Growing up under the care of his single mother in an area categorized by many as a ‘ghetto’, life has never been easy for Yaksta.

Rather than succumb to a life of violence and crime, the fate of many of his peers, Yaksta’s passion for
music and drive to hit the global stage has been admired by many. Finding solace in song-writing, he spent his formative years working on music projects and focused on reggae and dancehall culture as opposed to his studies. After several stints in hospitality at popular Jamaican beach resorts and running his own business selling clothes as a way to make ends meet, Yaksta soon decided a full-time life in music was the only way.

“I am music incarnate and I’ve given up on avoiding my destiny”, he vows enthusiastically. After just a short time in the industry, Yaksta is quickly becoming a household name across Jamaica, owed in part to his viral music video for his single ‘Home’ which racked up over 1 million views in just 6 months.

Boogie Woogie

IRIE™ | Yaksta - Boogie Woogie

Release Date: March 30, 2018
Label: DubShot Records/Brand New Machine
Copyright: 2018 Future Sound of Reggae/Brand New Machine/DubShot
Total Length: 3:24
Total Tracks: 1
Format: Single
Genre: Reggae, Ska

Not skipping a beat on recording, Yaksta’s second single ‘Boogie Woogie’ is a throwback reggae jam that mixes the sound of 60s Jamaican Rocksteady and Ska crossed with modern roots and pop. This year Yaksta released a third buzzing single ‘St Mary’ making him loved in his parish. The single salutes various areas in St Mary with a ‘big up’ and now serves as an anthem for the parish where swarms of eager fans sing along with excitement and pride at the most popular local events.

With key support from core DJs and radio stations spanning Jamaica to the US and UK, Yaksta’s star is certainly on the rise as he continues to develop his core fan base from the streets of Kingston to St. Mary, and beyond.

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