Biggaton and the I-Band - 'Crime stoppers' on a mission
Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Greenvale, Manchester:A man's words, in congruence with his actions, speak volumes, and such is the veracity for recording artiste Kevin 'Biggaton' Roye, who uses his potent lyrics and influence to promote peace and positivity among all.
Biggaton, a born-and-bred Manchesterian, has been doing music since age 10 and professionally, since age 18. Having toured and performed with some of the musical greats in and around the Caribbean, United States, and Europe, his career metamorphosed beautifully with his first 15-track album, Eyes on the Wise, produced exclusively by Hector 'I-stick' Dawkins and distributed by VP Records.
Having started his own management and production company, Imhotep C Records, Biggaton has every hope of continuing propelling conscious music.
"The team I'm currently working with consists of my manager, Errol 'Ginger lee' Newman; road manager and male harmoniser, Wendis 'Flava' Williams; business/accounting manager, Sheryl Denton Roye; members of the I-Band - drummer Gregory Mullings, keyboardist Dale Reynolds, guitarist Dusaine Solomon, bass player Donovan Anthony Clarke, percussionist Delval Medley, and female harmoniser Nina. The music I do is not just for entertainment. It's what I call edutainment because I help people find solutions to the problem instead of just reminding them of the problem."
With his current song, Crime Stopper, encapsulating his mandate, in heavy rotation on the airwaves and soaring to the top of hit list charts in England (Reggae Radio) and locally ('CVM Hit List'), Biggaton believes his potency is unparallelled and this is just the start of better things to come.
"Crime is at an all-time high, and as it regards what I see taking place, I want to help fight it through my music by giving solutions to the different problems people face. Issues such as politics, religion, poverty - I want to touch everything and give everybody a solution."
He continues, "I know there are many artistes who do songs similar to what I'm doing, but there has never been one who has done it the way I have: giving solutions in the most palatable, diverse, compact form."
A firm believer in community development and nation building, the artiste produced and promoted a show called 'Still Blazing' in his community. All proceeds from the event went to various worthy causes such as the refurbishing of the cricket pitch at the Holmwood Technical High School, his alma mater, and the erection of a triple-deck bathroom facility for the Hatfield Basic School.
With a genuine and deep yearning for societal uplifting and holistic development, in his charge to aspiring artistes and readers in general, he said, "Just be true to yourself. Be as positive as possible. Positive energy projects better than negative energy. Write music your loved ones can hear and appreciate. Write music for the soul ... . Don't be ignorant. Be knowledgeable about the things of this world, and finally, take a good look at what you consume. Ensure you know your body makeup and stick to organic natural things."
With his biggest inspiration being Haile Selassie and his biggest supporters being his partner and two budding musician offspring, Biggaton's aim for the future is to continue doing conscious music, collaborating with icons such as Capleton, Mutabaruka, Queen Ifrica, Barrington Levy, Etana, among others, and more important, personifying the music he delivers.