Korean reggae duo build­ing steady fan­base

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

KOREAN REGGAE duo Skull and HaHa, be­lieves that their re­cent col­lab­o­ra­tions with some of the big­gest names in reggae mu­sic has led their ca­reer into over­drive.

In a re­cent in­ter­view with The Sun­day Gleaner, the pair re­vealed that they re­cently did songs with Stephen Mar­ley and Siz­zla, and both col­lab­o­ra­tions have been do­ing really well lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Love In­side, the sin­gle fea­tur­ing Stephen Mar­ley, re­cently hit the num­ber one spot on a lo­cal mu­sic chart, an ac­com­plish­ment, of which the duo is very proud of.

“We are so happy with the re­sponse we’ve re­ceived on this col­lab­o­ra­tion,” they said, ex­plain­ing that work­ing along­side a Mar­ley was a dream come true for them.

“We reached out Stephen Mar­ley after be­ing in­tro­duced by Ro­han Mar­ley and Spragga Benz. When we re­ceived Stephen’s voice file, me and HaHa screamed. It was like a dream come true.”

Fol­low­ing that life-chang­ing mo­ment, the pair con­tin­ued to make strides in their ca­reer, land­ing an­other huge col­lab­o­ra­tion with vet­eran reggae artiste, Siz­zla. When asked whether or not they were hes­i­tant to work with the en­ter­tainer based on his con­tro­ver­sial style, they said they were too ex­cited to work with Siz­zla to fo­cus on any­thing neg­a­tive.

HUGE SIZ­ZLA FANS

“We’ve been huge fans of him and it was an hon­our to work with him. That’s it.”

After strug­gling in the ear­lier stages of their ca­reer, the fas­tris­ing reggae duo re­vealed that fol­low­ing the two col­lab­o­ra­tions, per­sons have be­gun to warm up to the idea of Asians do­ing reggae mu­sic.

“I think we have gained some fans,” Skull said. “Our set is full of en­ergy and they (peo­ple) al­ways say our voices are so pow­er­ful. We just want to keep mak­ing good mu­sic ev­ery­day and try to spread our mes­sage all over the world.”

On the topic of spread­ing the mes­sage, the duo says since they be­gan do­ing reggae in their home coun­try, they have in­spired many youth to pur­sue ca­reers in mu­sic and are happy with the growth reggae mu­sic has seen in Korea over the last few years.

“I’m feel­ing it. Since me and HaHa started work­ing to­gether, so many young peo­ple get­ting in­ter­ested in reggae mu­sic and they ask­ing me how to sing reggae mu­sic,” Skull said. “I think it’s a good sign, and I’m proud of it.”

With their sights set on win­ning a reggae Grammy award in the near fu­ture, Skull and HaHa say they are ded­i­cated and will con­tinue to put in the hard work. The pair is cur­rently in Hong Kong do­ing gigs and putting the fi­nal touches on a few new projects, but re­mained mum on what those projects could mean for their mu­sic, only say­ing that it should take their ca­reer to the next level.

A Grammy isn’t the only goal on Skull and HaHA’s list of tar­gets, as they also hope to work with the likes of Buju Ban­ton, Bounty Killer and Damian Mar­ley at some point in the fu­ture. Though they hope to do more out­stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions, the pair also wants to chart their own course and leave their own mark in reggae his­tory.

“When we were young we thought like, ‘I wanna live like him or I wanna be him’, but now we’re just do­ing our own thing. Be good artistes, that’s our goal.”

Asian reggae duo, Skull and HaHa.

SIZ­ZLA

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