Royal Khaoz reggae group invites young artists to create in ‘safe haven’ studio

A local reggae band is on the rise, getting the chance to perform side by side with famous artists at venues across the city, including in Brooklyn.

News 12 Staff

Mar 6, 2019, 12:19 PM

Updated 1,864 days ago

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Royal Khaoz reggae group invites young artists to create in ‘safe haven’ studio
A local reggae band is on the rise, getting the chance to perform side by side with famous artists at venues across the city, including in Brooklyn.
While the members of Royal Khaoz are pursuing their passion, they're also giving other artists a chance to blaze their own path. 
Coco, Bama and Dretegs make up Royal Khaoz, a reggae fusion group incorporating soul, funk, pop and rock. 

“You wake up some morning, middle of the night, you can't sleep, and you listen to a Royal Khaoz song. You feel a different joy,” says lead vocalist Bama.

The three grew up in Jamaica, but didn't know each other. It wasn't until they found each other in the Bronx that they started harmonizing.

The group says the reggae genre is becoming bigger and bigger and that their songs are social commentary. 

They also say it’s not just about the music, but also about the ambiance of the studio. Royal Khaoz says their studio has a safe haven for artists to create, which is why the group invites artists in for its "voice out jams" session every Thursday. 

“Whatever you're good at -- it's a judgment-free space. If you come in you will not get booed, you'll get encouraged,” says producer, vocalist and keyboard player Dretegs.

Every week artists of all kinds showcase their skills during an open mic session, helping young artists stay off the streets to pursue their passion. 

With a focus on positivity, love and empowerment, Royal Khaoz recently premiered "Show Me Your Motion," which is on Tidal's “Rising Reggae” playlist. 

The group is also set for the 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami this Saturday, proudly representing the Bronx. 

“It defines how you experience America as a Jamaican coming here, because it allows you to somehow still be very connected to your culture,” says bass player Coco.


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