You ever heard the Reggae cover of Adele’s smash hit “Hello”? If you haven’t, you should. And you should also know the story of its main performer: Reggae artist Conkarah.
Born Nicholas Anson Murray (1985) in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Jamaican father and British mother, he showed a zeal for music from a very young age. And throughout his life it would never waver.
Eventually he left Jamaica to go study at the West Virginia University, by means of a soccer scholarship, and it was actually during this period in his life that his artist name was conceived. While listening to a song by the Jamaican Roots Reggae group Culture called “See Dem a Come”, he was inspired to set himself the goal of conquering the world through music. And thus he decided to dub himself ‘Conkarah’.
When he returned to Jamaica, after successfully completing his studies, he got right to work pursuing this goal. And he got a good start; not too long after his return he rubbed shoulders with legendary producer Donovan Germain who, recognizing Conkarah’s vast talent, immediately dove into the studio with him. Together, they recorded his first single “Rude Bwoy Love”.
But not too long after this Conkarah was travelling again, this time to England to explore the other side of his heritage. But this journey did not topple his musical aspirations. On the contrary, it brought them to new heights. He started working with various European producers, most notably Drifta with whom he produced the powerful song “Run Away”. Aside from magic in the studio, England also provided him with his first meaningful stage experience, performing with live bands at several top venues. With all the positive feedback he was getting from numerous venues, promoters, and the waves of new fans, he knew he was on the right track.
And he took all this stirring energy back with him to Jamaica, where he reconnected with the essence of Reggae music. There he produced his official debut single, the deeply moving Reggae love anthem “Forever” and the big tune “No Barbershop”. Both songs became smashes and this led to collaborations with popular female recording artist Denyque and with international Dancehall superstar Mr. Vegas.
It also led to a performance on the main stage of Reggae Sumfest 2012 – an event that marked the Festival’s 20th Anniversary and Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence – alongside international super stars, Damien ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Chris Martin and Trey Songz.
In the summer of the following year he released his highly anticipated EP ‘Lovabwoy/Rudebwoy’ and not too long after this released the mixtape ‘Conkarah to the World.’ On the latter he attracted producers from England, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Austria, and the USA. It also became the title of the world tour he launched in July of 2014, which turned into a phenomenal success. He truly fulfilled his mission of world dominance through music as he spread the positive vibes of Reggae music to the world.
Feeling the tour bug, he embarked on yet another tour in October of the following year, this time being the Asia Australia Pacific Tour. He performed shows in Indonesia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, major cities in Australia and the Solomon Islands. In the last one he shot the video for the refreshing Reggae cover of the Adele smash “Hello” alongside 14 year-old singer Rodesha, who hails from there.
Her soulful yet bubbly and expressive voice, blended with Conkarah’s gentle sound over the Reggae beat with island instruments, have truly given the smash a lovely island twist.