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Watch Kaya's reggae take on Matchbox Twenty's Push with reggae saxophonist Dean Fraser

Featured in Reggaeville's Festiville guide 2024


An eclectic blend of reggae, pop, rock, soul and r&b. That's how fans describe Jamaican born Kaya Black’s sound. Kaya was named after the Bob Marley & The Wailers song and album. A fully independent artist who manages his own career, Kaya has already worked with Grammy award winning and nominees. People like producers and like producer J-Vibe (Collie Buddz, Maoli, Kymani Marley) Tyler Cain (Gramps Morgan) engineer Errol Brown (Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers) and Riddim Up Kahi (Siaosi) and so many others.


Highlighted songs of his are his reggae take on The Kind Of Love We Make (feat. Riddim Up Kahi) originally by country artist Luke Combs, Kaya’s cover of Push (with Dean Fraser) originally by the pop rock band Matchbox Twenty with  reggae saxophonist Dean Fraser was recently picked as one of the best in the Best Of Matchbox Twenty Push Cover Contest by Matchbox Twenty, Cover Nation, & Atlantic Records. The lead guitarist of Matchbox Twenty, Kyle Cook, actually plays guitar on his song Burn from You. His reggae spin of the hit by Wham, Last Christmas is featured every year on Reggaeville's Christmas playlist.

It's no surprise that Kaya is in the music industry. Kaya Black’s father is Johnnie Black, a prominent well known entertainment photographer in Jamaica, who's album photography credits include reggae acts Black Uhuru’s Red, Ziggy Marley’s Family Time, Gregory Isaacs’ Night Nurse & various photos of Bob Marley and other notable artists.


On his new album, Country Covered In Reggae out now, Kaya covers country songs from Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Lady A and Scotty McCreery. A song to look out for off the album is the reggae pop cover of the country hit Mendocino County Line originally by Willie Nelson and LeAnn Womack. Kaya teams up with reggae vocalist Nikki Burt.

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