Donovan Kingjay interview with DJ Carlos Culture

Over 30 Years And Still Going Strong Kingjay has been Running Sound Systems, Stage Shows and Chanting Conscious Rootsman Reggae Music - Dub Chronicles Part 12
Donovan Kingjay

Dub Chronicles Part 12

Over 30 years and still going strong Kingjay has been running sound systems, stage shows and chanting conscious rootsman reggae music. 

Donovan Kingjay resides in South East London and is a veteran and stalwart in the EU Sound System Culture. You can find him at all the major Dub Arenas and events chillin with the soundmen and possibly rocking the "FirePhone (microphone)". He has been putting out music since 1991 and is on a hot streak right now releasing all kinds of vinyls and digital tracks. He gets love from everyone in the business for his lyrical conscioussness and Kool & Calm rastaman vibration. He brings his Rastafarian livity into his music chanting praises and roots reality. He has a deep history in Jamaica getting to meet and do business with the legendary Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddick. Look for Donovan Kingjay to keep rockin and doing big things.

Donovan Kingjay

Born in London, singer Donovan Kingjay spent his formative years in Hanover JA, before returning to the UK to finish his schooling and to begin his musical education. Kingjay’s voice has often been compared to the likes of Dennis Brown, Bushman, Luciano and Michael Buckley. Kingjay (then known as Singjay) served his apprenticeship on Youth Sound Lord Creation before becoming a regular on East London’s King Original, North London’s King Josiah and appearing on Unity Sound and UK Youth Promotion. Encouraged by King Original’s Wazir alongside Negus Roots, Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell and Sugar Minott, early development as an artist gave him his first recording opportunities.

Singjay’s first release was the self penned “State Of Mind”, which was followed by other releases on King Original records. His long stints with King Original, exposed him to a great many artists, producers and musicians in the Reggae music family including Sugar Minott for whom he recorded “Never Too Late”, released in Jamaica on the Youth Promotion label in 1998.

Kingjay quickly became a prolific freelance artist, working with many sounds & labels. His debut album “Higher Meditation” was released in 2013, produced by himself and Nereus Joseph. Check his website for his music and support. A complete collection and discography of Donovan’s work, along with features and more.

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