US-based reggae crooner Kashief Lindo is generating a great buzz overseas with his latest single, Baby I’m A Want You, that was produced by his father, Willie, for their Heavybeat Records in Fort Lauderdale.
The single was released three months ago. However, the accompanying music video was released two months ago.
“The song is being rotated by disc jock Waggy T on 99 Jams, David Rodigan from the UK has been playing it, and Tanto Irie from HOT 105 FM has been spinning it, so it’s getting great feedback in the reggae community,” the crooner’s father, successful producer and guitarist Willie Lindo, said.
The single is in the top 10 of the South Florida Reggae charts, and the HITZ FM Top Ten charts while the video is in the top five of the CVM TV Music Video countdown.
“The success of this song shows that lover’s rock still has an audience out there— Willie Lindo
“The success of this song shows that lover’s rock still has an audience out there,” the elder Lindo said.
At one time, Kashief Lindo was touted as an artiste to watch. Hit songs like First Cut and Hard Times in 1993, based on the ‘Satta Massagana’ rhythm, built up a loyal following for the talented crooner. In 2012, he released a critically well-received album A Reggae Tribute To Michael Jackson, featuring 18 reggae cover versions of Jackson’s songs, with contributions from Robbie Shakespeare and Robbie Lyn.
In recent years, the diminutive Lindo has become a senior member of his father’s Heavybeat Records, working on albums and songs by rocksteady greats The Melodians, among others.
Heavybeat Records is an independent label that has carved out a reputation for punching above its weight, producing solid reggae gems such as Beres Hammond’s What One Dance Can Do, Dennis Brown’s Inseparable and I Wanna Wake Up With You by Boris Gardiner.
Now, Kashief Lindo is feeling the urge to release new material, especially as rising social tensions in the US have inflamed his passions. He is now in the studios applying the finishing touches to a new EP with several conscious reggae songs, one of which will be Till Dem Bun Down The House, a song criticising the spate of controversial police shootings involving blacks.