Kabaka Pyramid is one of the artistes in the current ‘reggae revival’ movement, which also features Jesse Royal, Chronixx and Protoje. However, he has a very distinct edge – he used to be a rapper. Traces of this early influence can still be heard in his critically acclaimed music, as he fuses hip hop, reggae and dancehall into his sound, which has earned him fans at home and abroad.
- His government name is Keron Salmon. The name ‘Kabaka’ is the traditional title of the king of Buganda, a region and subnational kingdom in southern Uganda, including the capital Kampala. According to his Facebook page, Pyramid is in reference to the “long lasting survival of the pyramids of ancient Africa.” Thus, the stage name represents his desire for longevity in the music industry as well as his deep connection to Kemetic (from Kemet, the native name of ancient Egypt) roots; leaving messages for generations to come.
- In his days as a rapper, he released two mixtapes: The Transition Vol 1 and 2 and Bebble Business, a collaboration album as part of the Bebble Rock group’s tribute to fellow artiste Rap Brown (Taiwo McKenzie).
- He attended Campion College before going on to earn a degree in Electronics and Computer Technology at Orlando’s Devry University.
- Kabaka was nominated for two Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) awards in 2013: Breakthrough Artist of the Year, which he won, and Song of the Year. He also won a Canadian Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording of the Year in 2014. The Juno Award is akin to the Grammys in the United States.
- In addition to being a singer and songwriter, he is also a producer.