Dread Kennedy is a reggae artist that’s paid his dues and truly paved his own way. Being a Polynesian, of Samoan descent, and growing up in the two cities of Long Beach and Carson, California. Language, music, and dance have always been three pillars of Dread Kennedy’s life.
Currently the lead singer of the Southern Californian band Ital Vibes and a vocalist in Josh Heinrichs’ band. Dread Kennedy has also quite the musical repertoire made up of the ukulele, guitar, bass, piano, and drums.
With these riches of talent it’s no surprise he has embarked on his journey as a solo artist. Early on he has given us jams such as “Mr. Music Man,” and, my personal favorite, “Bo Bo” Kennedy represents classic reggae funk with a modern swagger, bringing high energy performances that give a lasting impression leaving you wanting more.
Dread Kenndy – “Mr. Music Man”
Dread Kennedy reminds me of my time when I lived on Oahu. When I play tracks like his song “Bo Bo” I am thrown back into a time riding in my dad’s Jeep with the doors off and no top, sun out, and J Boog playing on the radio.
It makes it easy to see why he has such a high level of respect in the reggae community. Artists such as Collie Budz, Fortunate Youth, Tribal Seeds, and even a legend like Pato Banton have pulled him on stage for a quick family jam and toasting session.
Having performed at major West Coast festivals such as Cali Roots and Reggae On The Mountain. Dread Kennedy has definitely proven himself for the stage; his hit song “Mr. Music Man” is a massive crowd-pleaser.
Sticking to his roots, Kennedy hopes to swarm the masses in positivity through realism and relatable music. He plans on leaving his impact on the world with a smile and a spliff.