Ablaze contribution to the Imani Speaks Show
Kenneil Redwood,” aka K’Neil Ablaze
K’Neil Ablaze was born into a family of eight children. He was born in Jamaica at the Kingston public Hospital. He grew up in St Catherine’s (Spanish town – Portmore) & also in St Andrew.
Ablaze realised his conscious love for music when he was still in pre-school.
K’Neil says ‘I would sing recorded songs on neighbourhood sound systems, my first remake song in primary school was on a project for taking care of the environment”.
Ablaze went to McCauley primary in Spanish town, St Catherine at the time, then Lawrence Tavern Primary, in St. Andrew, then on to Calabar High School. His personal love of music deepened in High school where his friends were writing & performing their own songs. These are people who are currently influential in Jamaican music including writing, engineering or performing.
After high school K’Neil Ablaze connected with community engineer & aspiring producer Andre Walker founder of Mystique Productions.
He also made connections with aspiring recording artists and producers at U.W.I. & also in St. Catherine and Kingston.
K’Neil Ablaze On his Musical Journey
K’Neil entered the Portmore Star search competition where I fell out at semi-finals. Strangely. This was a competition also won by the acclaimed Gyptian.
Ablaze, had various aliases given to him by friends who admired his writing ability.
“Artistes who I admired varied from every genre of music. Mostly Reggae, Soul, R&b, Rap, Dancehall and culture. I never had a dislike for the art form of music.” Say’s Ablaze.
K’Neil Ablaze always admired Rastafarian music, such as “Garnet silk, Peter Tosh, John Holt and all the legends”. He learned to love listening to this type of music mainly because of his Father, close family members and friends.
Living in Spanish town St. Catherine’s K’Neil experienced firsthand or (via third party media), the effects of crime, injustice, hard life, poverty and suffering felt by many people in the world.
He began to realise the power of music and the effect it had on people. ‘I loved dancing. I danced for as long as I could remember. It was my first real passion. I danced in the neighbourhoods such as those in St. Andrew and Spanish town, at parties, clubs etc., anywhere that I could. I met friends who were also great dancers. I eventually, stopped dancing in the late 90’s to early 2000’s” stated Ablaze.
KNeil’s Spiritual Rejuvenation
In the mid-2000 K’Neil was adapting to the Rastafarian way of life, his new found spiritual Rejuvenation, (as he refers to it) in Spanish Town. It wasn’t easy… it required a drastic shift in mindset, of vigilante justice to true justice, which is (God fearing justice).
Ablaze had a wide circle ofSupport from parents, uncles, cousins etc Although, his friends and family may not have been with him in person, K’Neil knew they were with him in spirit.
K’Neil became more observant of music, its genres & its way of expression. He was driven with a sense of purpose to write and perform music. He made the drastic move to conscious music/lyrics with a newly innate intention to help the youths of today through word, sound and power. He put the music aside for a while during his spiritual transformation era and began working on Self/philanthropy. It was slow but never failing.
In the late 2000’s he moved to the island of Montserrat. A British overseas Territory of the UK. in the Lesser Antilles. He began to exercise his linguistic capabilities by writing & recording songs.
He states “unless recording was futile I was present. I did shows after shows exercising the talent and at the same time encouraging & inspiring young people to take the journey themselves.’
He has songs that have been recognised by the island music fraternity & also overseas record labels & private producers, who are passionate about his music e.g. Rasta Camp, V/pal distributing and other entities.
Listen to the interview below.
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He is now looking forward to creating more inspirational music. K’Neil’s aim & focus as a recording artist is to heal & bring good news to the sick, broken-hearted, poor & fatherless. Spiritual awakening to a dead or dying society drenched in poverty, greed, envy darkness. He is confident in the victory of good over evil. Immanuel I.
K’Neil Ablaze is a young man going places both in the music business and in our hearts. I urge you to support this young man’s contribution as it is a gift from the owner of the universe that will encourage and awaken many young and old people for many years to come.
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