Kage Sparks a.k.a. Africa’s Street Ambassador is a descendant of Kenyan/Tanzanian heritage who was born in Europe. Having been a resident of the UK for many years, his debut album The World is My Block was written and recorded in the US. His first introduction to hip‐hop was on the streets of Nairobi at the age of 11, at a time when the young revolutionary minds were gravitating towards hip-hop due to its ability to effectively communicate the struggles and lost dreams of the youth.
Sparks attributes the harnessing of his skills as an M.C. to the many months every year he spent up country in the small rural village where his dad was born and raised; a place where poverty is a grim reality of life.
“Being a city boy and now finding myself in a small village in the middle of nowhere with no electricity, no running water and little to do to pass time I would end up writing rhymes and free styling for hours every day with no beats or access to music I would have to come up with creative flows in my head.”
As he grew older his reputation as a ferocious battler spread and along his travels to different cities round the world, he found that one thing everybody respects irrespective of where they come from is a winner. “Winning became a powerful addiction for me, battling allowed me to see that having a fearless approach to anything in life gets you a lot further and it’s a strategy I apply in everything I do to this day.”
Sparks talent for music is backed by a strong entrepreneurial spirit and augmented by a first class honors degree in finance and business. He along with business partners in the US and Europe have launched Nomadic Star a global entertainment company as well as Nomadic Star Foundation, a non‐profit organization that provides educational material and workshops for young kids in deprived areas of the world teaching them how to empower themselves, develop leadership skills and how to tackle the social ills affecting their communities.
Denham Smith, born Richard Alwin Smith, was born in St. Ann, Jamaica.
As the sixth of eleven kids he grew up under modest circumstances. At the age of ten he sang in the local gospel choir and at fifteen he started his first band Chilli Hill & The Crew, with whom he played at local hotel bars.
In 1995, Denham went to Germany where he quickly found his way into the music scene of Cologne. Here, he became popular as a singer and songwriter, especially in the genres of RnB and Dance. He first got signed with the group Lexx under Power Jam Records. Later he signed with N-Studios as a solo artist and gained more popularity being the opening act for artists such as Beverly Knight, Horace Brown and TQ. In the following years, Denham refined his skills as a singer and songwriter, composing music for international movies and television programs such as Postal and DSF Fight Club.
Being Jamaican, Denham never lost touch with his musical roots and in 2008 he started focusing on Reggae again.
This soon resulted in releases under the label Pow Pow, located in Cologne.
In 2010, Denham was successful in the Reggae domain with his single Jezzibell (Oneness Records), which was popular in England. In 2011, his Reggae mixtape Fusion In Me followed and this laid the foundation for his future work with the elite of Europe’s Reggae and Dancehall producers.
For JERU The Album, Kage Sparks & Denham have partnered to offer an explosive enamored sound that tells a sultry narrative of unpolluted desire that is pregnant with unbridled intent. Tonight is an exemplar of the worth of creating bridges between artists located in distant geographical spaces. It is a dance floor song that fuses three genres (Hip-Hop, Reggae-Dancehall and Equatorial House) into a tune that cuts across musical boundaries.
released December 1, 2016
Produced by Saint Evo
Vocals & Lyrics by Kage Sparks & Denham Smith
Mastered by Njenga Giggz of Xtrim Records
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