Navardo Graham (born 24 September 1982, St Mary, Jamaica), better known as Tydal Kamau, is a Jamaican reggae artist. His musical influences derived greatly from reggae icons, Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji, reggae legends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. With such rooted inspirations, his obsession for music began to unfold and triggered his natural ability to put words and melodies together. Tydal penned and delivered his first song at age ten to an audience of his peers who were intrigued by his natural talent.
Two years after Port Antonio Comprehensive High School, Tydal migrated to Kingston searching for exposure. He mingled with top musicians and eventually found the central ingredients to master his craft. He recorded several demos, but did not generate the attention desired until 2010, he teamed up with brother Fabian Graham aka Fabigeez and friend Ricardo ‘RedBoom’ Reid to produce a single entitled Ball-Ground.
Through heavy rotation on major radio stations throughout the island, the single opened many doors and attracted the attention of some key players in the music industry. Tydal became a force to be reckoned with and was dubbed one of the unprecedented new talent of Reggae when he followed up with a track titled Tell Dem Fi Farm on the Focus Riddim on Vikings Production Label. The beat which also featured various artistes was voted one the best reggae rhythms of 2012. He collaborated with world renowned artist Gyptian on a track entitled Give It To Me Baby.
The young lyricist partnered with US based recording label Master One Production and instantly made his presence felt in North American Media Houses. Silent Warrior produced by Florida based record label Train Line Records in 2013, was the song that highlighted his lyrical capabilities and vocal range. Tydal’s lyrical contents predominantly represents the voices and plights of the modern generation. His melodies and dynamic ways of delivery did not go through the eyes of several promoters. He was consequently rewarded in 2014 with a six week Promotional Tour of eleven states in the U.S.A. for his powerful efforts.
The release and distribution by VP Records of Tydal’s debut compilation Album titled Mission Incomplete quickly added more fuel to the journey of a young warrior. Mission Incomplete can be described as solid compilation of Tydal’s strongest songs up to 2014. It’s unique blend of Reggae/Dancehall music was featured in several magazines and charts worldwide. Tydal Kamau achieved favourable responses across Europe on some major reggae festivals such as Reggae Geel, Reggae Jam, Afro Latino Festival, Reggae Fever, etc when he promoted the Album in 2015 and 2016.
The pace and maturity of this fast rising talent was spotted by Ghetto Youths Int’l, a label owned by Stephen and Damian Marley who produced Babylon Cant’t Get Away. The artist also showcased his talent on local festivals such as Rebel Salute, Sting, St Mary Mi Come From and also was also warmly received upon his recent debut in Latin America where he made stops at Costa Rica. The reggae crooner is set to release a new CD and is poised to cement his place in the music industry to serve and inspire.
Tydal Kamau & King MAS Re-unite alongside rising American folk music star Pat Sicotte
A “Different Shade” of Reggae - Tydal Kamau & King MAS Re-unite alongside rising American folk music star Pat Sicotte
As the seasons change, a smooth new sound is sweeping over the landscape of the Reggae world. Though Reggae music is no stranger to the soothing tone of acoustic guitar strings, more & more artists are opting for a more “natural” acoustic sound on stage and in the recording studio.
One such artist is veteran recording artist Tydal Kamau out of Kingston, Jamaica. No stranger to the roots Reggae landscape, Tydal has had several heavy impact releases over the years including his hit single “Silent Warrior” & his masterful performance on the “On The Corner” rhythm compilation (produced by Damian “Junior Gong” Marley / Ghetto Youths International) which featured Tydal’s lyrical bombshell entitled “Babylon Can’t Get Away”. On a more recent single by Tydal, “Sweet Reggae Music”, he emphasizes the melody of his guitar. The love of the acoustic sound would eventually set three heavyweight musicians on a collision course that has led to a one of a kind collaboration.
“Different Shade”, produced/written by Grammy award-winning songwriter King MAS of Bantu Nation Movement Ent., was brought about by fate. In 2017,, King MAS and Tydal Kamau were both touring in Costa Rica with Southwood Records. A musical bond quickly developed between the two and their first collaboration “Protection” was born on the spot. After leaving Costa Rica, the dialog continued and another factor was added to the musical formula.
Pat Sicotte, who was living in Boston at the time, is a gifted young American vocalist & guitarist who heard Tydal’s voice while listening to the Reggae channel on his television. He reached out after being captivated by the sound of “Silent Warrior” and expressed a desire to collaborate. King MAS, being a native of Boston as well, was a perfect liaison between the two as a competent guitarist and a seasoned penman. As usual, the King was up to the challenge of crafting a soundscape that would suit all artists involved:
“When I was approached by Tydal about the youth (Pat) wanting to collab with him, I listened to his works on soundcloud and crafted something that would be comfortable for both him and Tydal to work with. My verse was originally a demo for Tydal. When he heard it he insisted that it stay on the song as it is. Pat agreed and a two way collaboration suddenly became a triple threat.” - King MAS
“Different Shade” is a light, minimalist production featuring live acoustic guitar from the hands of King MAS, bass guitar from Matthew “Snacks” Jerome, and live drum from Mitymaose (King MAS’s prolific younger brother). As the seasons change, this collaboration is an appreciation of the way that love can infuse the world with color and life even as autumn leaves fade to brown. Social media links for each artist are as follows:
King MAS: www.KingMAStheRAS.net www.soundcloud.com/kingmastheras www.facebook.com/kingmastheras www.instagram.com/kingmastheras www.twitter.com/kingmastheras
Pat Sicotte: www.soundcloud.com/patrick-sicotte www.facebook.com/patsicotte www.instagram.com/patsicotte www.twitter.com/patsicotte
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Single: "Protection" DJ Jeren & DJ Kendo Feat. Tydal Kamau & King Mas
Jamaican Reggae: "Made in Costa Rica"
In these times when crime and violence run rampant in the streets of Kingston (JA) as well as Boston (USA) a duo of roots Reggae warriors have arisen to inspire the masses to walk with "Protection"
About a year ago, a fateful meeting took place in San Jose, Costa Rica. In commemoration of the very first official release from Southwood Records entitled "Made in Costa Rica", DJ Jeren & DJ Kendo brought in a squadron of gifted vocalists, songwriters, & musicians to support their flagship artist Mar Villareal as they prepared to release her debut album. Among the chosen few was Kingston (JA) based Tydal Kamau and Boston (USA) based King MAS of the Bantu Nation Movement.
From the stage to the studio the creative chemistry continued! As more and more reasoning took place amongst the collective the message became clear and the "musical Obeah man", with guitar in hand, began to chant a melody. Tydal quickly responded with his rapid fire delivery accompanied by the skillful pianist & producer Rekesh Dukaloo as the rest of the Southwood Records joined in the creative energy. Once the record was fully recorded, the masterful hands of Wadadah II of D.O.V.E. Muzik (Chicago) sealed up the heavy vibration with a potent element of Dub for emphasis.
Download this crucial collaboration which tackles one of the many social issues being faced around the world today. The ominous overtones are well balanced with positive lyrics and an uplifting message for roots Reggae lovers across the globe! Fulljoy these heartical vibrations featuring the voices of two Jamaicans but Made In Costa Rica.
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#NEW RELEASE - Tydal Kamau teamed up with Oneness Records
First series of 2018 for the German label Oneness Records. Nice & Easy Riddim is a modern copper dub with Luciano, Iba Mahr, Tydal Kamau, Macka B, Gappy Ranks, a Sara Lugo & Randy Valentine duo and even a Chezidek in deejay mode! Available since January 12
TYDAL KAMAU TO VISIT AFRICA
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Music is not a vacation, says Tydal Kamau by Curtis Campbell
Reggae artiste Tydal has collaborated with Loyal Flames for an effort titled 'Out Deh Rough', which is intended to empower fellow recording artistes who might be disheartened by the pressures of being part of the music industry.
According to Tydal, music is not all about the glitz and glamour as many persons assume.
"Nuff man feel like dem just wah drop out of school and run inna this, but dem must know seh it's a job. They feel like it's an easy road. Especially in Jamaica, they see how artistes live and feel like it came overnight. You have to work twice as hard, and sometimes artistes nuh sleep, dem don't see a bed," he said.
Tydal also disclosed that even the concept of a world tour is oftentimes understated. He said a tour is not about travelling to new places and sleeping in five-star hotels.
"Sometimes, you are on tour, and you can't even see your family. You are homesick. Some people on the road are not the easiest to deal with, and you can't get the type of food you like. So, this song is about educating the youth because dem don't know what music is about. It's not a vacation," he said.
importance of reggae
Tydal has been working with Ghetto Youth International under the wings of Damian and Stephen Marley. He has also done some work with popular European producers.
"We plan to do a video and some road promotion for this song. Loyal Flames and I are also gearing up for some shows in Latin America. The people of Latin America love reggae and dancehall. They don't speak English, but you would be surprised to hear them sing our music. We need to see the importance of reggae music and accept it as a great art form because foreigners already see the value in it," Tydal said.
The artiste is also asking that the Jamaican Government pay some attention to the development of reggae music and make investments where necessary.
Tydal Kamau Collaborates with Loyal Flames
Titled Out Deh Rough,both artistes highlights some of the challenges faced by musicians.
Available on Itunes, Spotify, Youtube & Soundcloud
Brand New Love Song From Tydal "I'M IN LOVE"
The Roots Reggae Singer is showing a different side and versitility with a smooth delivery titled I'm In Love on the "Reggae Fiery Riddim" produced by Train Line Records. As expected the song was perfectly lyrically composed, as he seeks to capture peice of mother nature and serenity with his companion in an romanic way. The Reggae Riddim also feature Luciano, Anthony B, Pressure is getting much attention Worldwide already.
Stay tune for more updates.
Tydal Kamau Release First Official Video Of 2016
Tydal's new hit single 'Sweet Reggae Music' was giving a major boast with rececnt release of the official music video. The video could be conveyed as 'Simple and Sweet' as the title of the song. Footages where taken from a couple festivals on his recent tour of Europe. Also you could see Tydal walking the streets of Antwerp while having fun listening music and interacting with other musicians on the streets. The song is available on Itunes and Youtube. The young Roots Reggae Warrior is finally getting a look in and is one of the artists with lots of potential to watch out for this 2016 and beyond.
Tydal Kamau Second Trip To Europe
Reggae artiste Tydal Kamau is gearing up for his upcoming tour of Europe.
According to the artiste, he is confident that the tour will help him to grow his fan base in one of reggae's biggest markets. He also plans to impress Europe with his latest work.
"I'm doing a promotional run to establish some links and exploit all opportunities to set the pace for my new CD set to be released this year. Fans can expect an energetic mature and engaging performance. This is my second time in Europe so I have an idea of what the fans want," he said.
The artiste, who made his debut at Rebel Salute last January, told THE WEEKEND STAR that working in Europe is a different experience.
"In Europe, people generally show appreciation for reggae music, while in Jamaica, it doesn't matter how good you are, people barely wants to applaud you for your effort," said the artiste.
Tydal is promoting a new single titled Sweet Reggae Music. He is also looking to increase his presence in the commercial media.
"The response on social media has been great so far, however, I have to step up some radio promotion and see where that goes. The official (Sweet Reggae Music) video will be available to the public in short order. I haven't released much songs recently so I'm trying to make more music and visual available to the public. I'm working on a new CD, which is expected to take me to the next level," Tydal said.
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Tydal Kamau Sets To Release Brand New EP Early Next Year
Reggae Singer Tydal Kamau Sets To Release Brand New EP Early 2016.
OFFICIAL DETAILS WILL BE RELEASE SOON!
Tydal Kamau recently completed a one month tour of Europe.
The 'Master One' recording artiste did a number of shows and promoted his album, Mission Incomplete.
"The tour was an overall success because I went to Europe mainly to market and introduce my music to the people, and we accomplished that. It was a really good look," Tydal Kamau said in a media release.
The artiste gained experience performing for multicultural audiences.
He is confident the work put in will result in future performances in Europe.
Among the shows he performed were the Afro Latino festival in Belgium; Jahre Reggae Berlin Festival in Berlin, Germany; Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbruck, Germany; and Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium.
He also did club dates in Manheim, Germany, and Utrecht and Hamburg, Holland.
"The highlight for me was performing in different places and hearing people singing my songs, word for word. The reception from the audience was great.
Europeans really love and appreciate good reggae music," he said.
Tydal's most recent single, Babylon Can't Get Away, is featured on the 'On the Corner' rhythm from Ghetto Youths International.
The accompanying video has been generating positive feedback.
"The response to Babylon Can't Get Away is great. People are getting to know it and they are still warming up nicely to it. The whole riddim itself is getting a big buzz in Europe," he said.
Tydal Kamau is working on new material. He has been working closely with the Ghetto Youths camp and expects to drop new releases before the end of the year.
Tydal Kamau Release First Album Titled 'Mission Incomplete'
With the release this month by VPal Music of his first full album, Jamaican artist Tydal takes a front-and-center seat among the young warriors of reggae music. Produced by Master One Productions, the album, Mission Incomplete, has (a daunting) nineteen songs, but those who stay with it will be continually impressed and rewarded for their efforts. Powerful, strong reggae by the singer from St. Mary parish is present in all the songs—it is a surprisingly consistent effort and the quality of songs does not lessen as the listener probes deeper and deeper into this compilation.
And in fact, this is a kind of compilation. Tydal, aka Navardo Graham, has been cutting his chops four years (and more) in the reggae music world. With a number of well-received songs and his 2014 EP Journey of a Young Warrior, Tydal has amassed a significant body of work and a growing fan base. Many of the songs on Mission Incomplete have associated videos you can catch on YouTube. The fans are there so it is high time that all of Tydal’s work gets put into one place. With Mission Incomplete, Tydal takes his place alongside artists like Chronixx and Pressure as one of the young lions of reggae music.
Tydal is a modern man, winding his way through the vagaries of modern life. His concerns are those of many of his age. His hard-hitting and call to revolution Silent Warrior (on Psalm 41 riddim), along with Burning, Draw di Line, and Coward express frustration and anger at the poverty and violence of the modern world. Special note is due to Ballground, a true story of a young boy killed by a “gunshot pon di ballground.” This song a touching and sad commentary on gun violence, beautifully communicated by a singer who cares deeply about the injustice he sees around him. In a remarkable song, Tell Dem Fi Farm, Tydal suggest that it’s a lot better to work at farming than suffer in the ghettos of the modern city.
Love is not lost on the modern reggae artist. The special confusion and feeling for the opposite sex are expressed here too. Lips Dem Seal, Stuck in Your Mind, Back Inna Mi Arms, and Wicked Woman all attest to that most blessed and annoying of feelings.
One song deserves special attention. It is a lament. Laments rarely become mega hits; they are just too sad and painful. Tydal’s hugely plaintive voice makes Have you Lost Somebody, over the riddim called Street Gold, is a statement of a death sung with honest passion and worthy of hearing over and over.
Mission Incomplete is built over Tydal’s hard won career as a singjay of reggae music, and as such is built over a dizzying array of riddims. Here are some of them: Baby Mother, First Born, the beautiful Lonely Loving, Oxygen, Focus, Blessings, the gorgeous Rock and Come Een—among a host of others. Whew! Good choices though! Likewise the production houses are many and varied too, but Jyorken Kennedy’s very professional Master One Productions gets the production credits. Kudos also to Chronic Hill Records and Sam Gilly from House of Riddims for their contributions. In fact H of R works with Tydal on the most roots of all songs here, Somewhere in Africa.
Tydal has stated publically that he has been most influenced by Buju Banton. Although these two differ stylistically, there is a common ground that unites the two, and many other modern reggae artists. The young (and not so young) singjays, balladeers, and chanters of reggae music remain dedicated to the social and spiritual concepts that go all the way back to Peter Tosh, Israel Vibration, and Justin Hinds. Bob Marley once said his vision was that reggae music would change the world, and at his death felt a certain sadness that it had not yet come about. With talented and committed singers like Tydal, Bob’s wish is coming true one (nineteen song!) album at a time. Let’s wish Tydal well as his career matures.