Kaya and the Firehouse Crew host video/single launch and free concert Friday

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kaya-george-firehouse-crew.jpgAmsterdam-based reggae singer Kayah, who has been journeying to Jamaica for several years, joins the Firehouse Crew on Friday for a special single and video launch, along with a free concert at the Sweet Calabash Restaurant on Kensington Crescent in Kingston.

The single, which is entitled Live On Natty Dread is a collab with veteran singer Macka B. As Kaya explained, the song is a tribute to reggae icon Bob Marley and it is also the first single from Kaya and The Firehouse Crew's upcoming album.

Kaya, who is managed by Tony Owens - the Jamaican who at one point managed English reggae group Musical Youth (Pass The Dutchie) - is looking forward to his first official launch in Jamaica.

"We will have the launch for media and special guests at 7 pm, followed by the free concert with artistes including Sizzla, Luciano, Lukie D, Andy Livingston, Bryhan Art and others, starting at 9 pm. I really appreciate the fact that these singers have been so willing to join me and the Firehouse Crew for what will be a grand musical celebration with family, friends and fans," Kaya declared.

Members of the Firehouse Crew are also in high spirits and stated that the concert will serve as a launch pad for their upcoming tour of Europe.

"It has been a great journey working with Kaya and executive producer of the project, Tony Owens. We have all learnt something valuable. Kaya Fyah Productions grew out of our collaborative efforts throughout the years and we couldn't think of a better way to kickstart 2016. Last year we staged Firehouse Crew Meets Chinna Smith Inna De Yard and that was wonderful; we know that this will be even bigger and better," George 'Dusty' Miller from Firehouse Crew stated.

Carlos Lopez, better known as Kaya the African Herbsman, was born in Mindelo City on the island of St. Vincente in Cape Verde, West Africa. A singer, songwriter. producer and musical arranger. Kaya possesses a very distinctive vocal range and style that compares favourably to that of a few notable Jamaican reggae legends.

Over the years, Kaya has made several trips to Jamaica where he recorded at the internationally renowned Anchor and Tuff Gong (home of reggae icon Bob Marley) recording studios. He has worked with The Firehouse Crew and other legendary musicians like Tony Asha, Flabba Holt, Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, Tony Greene, Dwight Richards, Mitchum Chin, Winston Bope, Bongo Herman and Sticky Thompson.

His 2013 album Rocky Ways, was described by music critics as "conscious and uplifting" and contained great singles such as Rudy featuring acclaimed version DJ I-Roy. In 2014 he released New Chapter - Kaya and The Firehouse Crew.