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Monday, August 21, 2017

IBlack Lion hails from St. James, and has been preparing for stardom from the age of ten when he began working with Kangol International (a sound system from Montego Bay).He continued his work with sound systems when he came to Kingston and had stints on African Symbol and the famous Youth Man Promotion. In the early he worked with artists such as Yami Bolo and White mice and in fact his first stage name was Black Mice.
At age 10, he recorded his first song, ‘Sit still’ for Rock Stone Production. He continued to perfect his performing skills by appearing on numerous concerts and stage shows in Kingston and St. James. He relocated to Kingston and became one of the leading locals acts in the region appearing on all major events including Reggae Kwanza , All Schools Jam and Reggae Sunsplash.
In 1995 Black Mice gave way to Black Lion when the St. James star found Rastafarianism through an intense spiritual journey which changed his life. Buoyed by his new found spiritual awakening IBlack Lion redirected himself to his music. His first recording as a Rastafarian was ‘Grow Your Locks’. He soon found a mentor in reggae legend Beres Hammond and spent the last couple of years under his guidance and recording for Hammond’s Harmony House Label, also doing a duet with Hammond. During this period he wowed the audiences at many concerts including Reggae Sumfest and had the distinction of appearing at the Festival seven times. Black Lion’s first hit single ‘Push Lady Push’ has received consistent airplay and critical acclaim.
IBlack Lion performed at countless gigs in Jamaica, Canada, United States and made lasting impressions with his explosive performances. IBlack Lion performed alongside other artist such as Sizzla Kalonji, Turbulence and many more.
Music and singles which received heavy rotation on radio stations are ‘Rasta Nah Involve Inna No Robbery’ which was produced by Fabian Francis of Undeniable Records, ‘No One Knows’https://soundcloud.com/djdarebel/black-lion-no-one-knows, ‘Hail Me Up’ https://soundcloud.com/djdarebel/black-lion-hail-me-up, ‘Don’t Give Up’ https://soundcloud.com/kingston23/black-lion-dont-give-up-mix on Life Riddim for Good Good Production. Black Lion also releases a Mixtape entitled ‘The System Set A Way’ Black Lion – The System Set Away Mixtape(Spoogy) by DAVIBEJamaica on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds. His current single entitled ‘Wickedness’ https://soundcloud.com/djdarebel/black-lion-wickedness for Dialectic Production was released in March 2015 by VP Distribution
IBlack Lion whose given name is Kenroy Williams see’s his music as a Universal message and not limited to his religious beliefs.”You can’t put your personal religious belief in every song” declared the singer. “I love dancehall and it is great but one drop reggae is more universal and long lasting so I want to stick to that but I want to do some Crossover music to reach different and wider markets”. Black Lion cites Stevie Wonder, Black Uhuru and Reginald Belle as his influences. A very skilled Kette drummer, he is currently working on his guitar skills and still writing new songs for his craft with explosive stage performances, the singer / songwriter / drummer is making his mark.