Luciano, A 57-Year-Old Reggae Legend, is Touring Kenya.

Luciano, the Jamaican reggae sensation, has arrived in Kenya for a seven-day musical safari in the city of the sun.

Jepther Washington McClymont, better known by his stage name Luciano, is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and producer who has ruled as the king of “conscious” reggae music for almost two decades.

He was born in the Jamaican town of Davyton, in the Mandeville Parish, and grew up listening to reggae legends like Bob Marley and Dennis Brown.

He was lured to the uplifting message of the “one love movement” as a young man.

The resemblance of his voice to that of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti gave him the stage name ‘Luciano.’

In the early 1990s, Luciano partnered on his “Big Ship Music” label with reggae ambassador Freddie McGregor, resulting in a UK chart-topping cover of Cheryl Lynn’s R&B smash “Shake it Up Tonight.”

With the song’s success, his name became well-known among reggae’s finest producers, including Phillip “Fattis” Burrell, with whom he teamed and produced the highly praised single “Moving Up” on the Xterminator label via VP Records later in 1993.

Luciano was quickly signed to Island/Mango Records by Chris Blackwell (founder of Island Records, notable for signing musicians such as Bob Marley and U2).

With a streak of #1 songs like “It’s Me Again Jah,” “Lord Give Me Strength,” “Your World and Mine,” and “Who Could It Be,” his 1995 album “Where There Is Life” catapulted him to the top of the conscious reggae music market.

Luciano is a multi-talented artist who has experimented in everything from dancehall to roots and culture, R&B/Disco, Blues, and even Country and Western music.

His ability to self-teach himself to play instruments like the guitar, flute, and piano demonstrates outstanding musicianship.

Since its beginnings, Luciano and his live show have toured widely across the world, complete with high-jumping, back-flipping stage entrances, impromptu instrumental performances, and new song discoveries.

Luciano has a unique ability to connect with his audience, sharing a message of love, boosting spirits, and energizing admirers from Japan, Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States.

As a recording artist, he has published and collaborated on over 40 albums.

Luciano’s career highlights include receiving the “Key to Kansas City” in 1999; receiving an Order of Distinction in 2007 for outstanding services representing Jamaica in the field of entertainment; leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Netherlands) in 2014; being named “Luciano Day” in Hartford, Connecticut in 2015; and receiving GrammyTM nominations for Best Reggae Album in 2002 and 2016.

The long-awaited album “In The Name Of Love” was finally released in 2018. The record was laced with a dash of Messenjah, who has widened his fan base to include many new countries.

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Written by Esther Oyugi

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