Kirk ‘Kirkledove’ Bennett is the most prolific drummer and producer you’ve in no way listened to of. Humility will take up a chunk of Kirkledove’s character, but that fact hasn’t hindered the musician’s frustrating achievements or in any way muted his status as just one of the most booked, fast paced, and sought-soon after musicians in the reggae audio market.
From building the tracks for Hectic Signal’s Bedroom Bully and Elephant Man’s Also Negative Mind, to enjoying drums with Beres Hammond for the past 18 several years, to manufacturing his have dub albums, Kirkledove’s humility is as surprising as it is refreshing. “I really do not truly limit myself,” Kirkledove explained to The Sunday Gleaner.
That is a acquainted claim among doing artistes. But soon after Kirkledove shared the broad vary of initiatives he’s participated in, it became clear that the drummer is genuinely attuned to the present day perception of the expression in that ‘reggae music’ functions as an umbrella for all of Jamaica’s common audio sorts. “I just really like to play audio, and there are no boundaries with me at all. In my coronary heart, it’s just really like all people. No segregation,” he explained.
With that attitude, it’s quick to discern why he has so many major names in his black reserve. Over the several years, the drummer has labored with a selection of noteworthy producers like Donovan Germaine, Don Corleone, and even Fada Pow. “The very first music I did with Fada Pow was Also Negative Mind,” Kirkledove shared.
In addition to drumming for these distinguished, pioneering producers, Kirkledove has also been called to the phase by entertainers like Elephant Gentleman, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Toots and the Maytals, and Hectic Signal, a recurring figure in the course of Kirkledove’s profession. “Busy Signal is like my brother, and I tour with him, much too! That is a thing these musicians and artistes have to have, to truly put by themselves collectively and realize seh yo, we have to really like just one a further, then superior audio will occur forth,” he explained.
For his passion and commitment, Kirkledove has been rewarded, or at the very least has experienced his skills acknowledged and put beside the finest of the finest, by the Recording Academy. On Etana’s Grammy-nominated Reggae Without end (2018), he played drums on various tracks and also made the six minutes 21 secs observe. He played drums on Morgan Heritage’s Grammy-successful Strictly Roots (2016).
“The album for Julian [Marley] that was nominated previous calendar year ( As I Am), I played drums on a pair of the tracks,” he shared. He is also credited on the Grammy-nominated Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics: The Final Battle (2019). “I was the drummer for Roots Radics. I do a great deal of stuff,” he laughed. He even played on the observe for Elephant Man’s new return to the dancefloor, Uncover It.
As a great deal audio as Kirkledove has already participated in or made, there is a great deal more to occur. “I’m not gonna simply call it a riddim simply because all people has a new riddim coming out. I have a undertaking,” he explained to The Sunday Gleaner.
Early this calendar year, Kirkledove Data launched the very first of a string of singles, starting up with Hectic Signal’s Toddler Dance, dispersed by VPAL. The project’s adhere to-up release, Save Your Appreciate For Me by Romain Virgo, dropped previous week. The 3rd single, by an artiste from Hawaii called Fiji, will be out there next week. “And I just voiced Hezron,” Kirkledove shared.
Whilst dropping this string of romantic songs, Kirkledove is also working on his next dub album. Two several years in the past, he launched Rumble In The Jungle, which featured vocals by Etana, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, and Jesse Royal. For the adhere to-up, Kirkledove would like to keep his contributors a shock, but what he did reveal is that “it’s gonna be a rhythm-pushed album, to make people dance, or sometimes you travel to the place and you want to listen to a thing smooth”.