Kenyan reggae/dancehall artist Wyre is making quite the name for himself. Exposure and recognition on a global scale for him and his nation of Kenya have been the goal, and now his name is becoming a mainstay in the modern, international dancehall scene.
Long before becoming an international hit, he was well recognized and adored by his local fans in Kenya, after all he is nicknamed “the love child”. As part of Necessary Noize and the East African Bashment Crew, his name became synonymous with the dj, club and party scene in Kenya and East Africa. He has now however, cemented his spot as an international artist through collaborations with the likes of female Jamaican dancehall artists Alaine, and Ce’cile.
Speaking on his collaboration with Alaine and the growth of Reggae and Dancehall in Africa, Wyre had this to say:
“She (Alaine) is huge in Africa. A few months ago she was the main act for a concert in Nairobi and the crowd was massive. I opened for her then.”
“Some of the most successful concerts in Africa at this time are the reggae and dancehall shows. Artistes such as Ce’Cile, Konshens, Richie Spice, Turbulence, Mavado and Tarrus (Riley) are extremely popular and their shows are sold out. Tarrus was recently in Kenya and I also opened for him.” (Read more: http://goo.gl/FmPdH)
Furthermore, his achievements have not been overlooked by those in charge awarding talented musicians. Recently, Wyre was present at the International Reggae Awards in Florida where he won Best New Entretainer for 2013. Clearly this is no small accomplishment, beating out the likes of Chronixx (personal favorite), Cen’C Love, No-Maddz, Potential Kid, Tommy Lee Sparta and D-Major.
For a Kenyan artist trying to reach across borders, oceans and continents, Wyre is taking the stage and claiming it his own. Future success is now in his hands.
From Kenya to Jamaica,
Interview and short history with Wyre:
Catch a few of his tunes right here!