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Korean reggae duo building steady fanbase

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2016 | 11:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Asian Reggae duo, Skull and HaHa.
Asian Reggae duo, Skull and HaHa.
Sizzla
Stephen Marley
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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 fast-rising 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."

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