The Kalling by Kabaka Pyramid Wins the Grammy for Best Reggae Album
by Howard Campbell
LOS ANGELES – The Kalling by Kabaka Pyramid won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album here February 5 at the Crypto.com Arena, giving the Jamaican singjay his first win at music’s biggest showpiece.
Koffee’s Gifted, Protoje’s Third Time’s The Charm, Sean Paul’s Scorcha and Shaggy’s Com Fly Wid Mi were the other nominees.
Released last September, The Kalling has 15 songs, produced by Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, himself a two-time winner of the Best Reggae Album Grammy.
It contains collaborations with Marley, Buju Banton, Jemere Morgan and Protoje.
“The Kalling is really about my journey in music being for a higher purpose, not just to get rich or popular, but to inspire a higher vibration in whoever listens” Kabaka Pyramid said shortly after The Kalling’s release. “While the majority seek pleasure and sense gratification, there are a few who the Most High call upon to keep the balance inna earth. Music is what I use to answer the call and you can feel it throughout this album.”
The Rastafarian artist is from Kingston, Jamaica’s capital. He attended Devry University in Orlando, earning a degree in electronics.
His first album, Kontraband, was released in 2018. It was also produced by Damian Marley.
Kabaka Pyramid is one of the acts who have led a Rasta revival in reggae during the past eight years. Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Protoje and Jah9 are also part of that movement.