SummaryTaking the lead where Mad Lion and KRS-One left off with his blend of Dancehall and Hip-Hop, Reggae artist Winstrong is stirring up the Bay Area, building a reputation as a moving, high-energy performer and recording artist. The South American born artist is currently set to release Ghetto Hymns (M9 Entertainment) and features Jah Dan, M1 of Dead Prez, Haiku De Tat (Myka 9, Abstract Rude, Aceyalone) and more.
Winstrong has been delivering his brand of "singjay" (a combination of singer and deejay) for a minute. After migrating to the US in his late teens in 94, he started recording at Conscious Sound Productions (Ursa Minor) with Benjamin Grand Depaux and later recorded a Jazz-fusion album Noble Nature.
His 2008 debut album, Eye of the Storm propelled the devout Rastafarian onto the national music scene. The single "Sounds of the Gun" (aka "Boom Boom Blah Blah") solidified his place in the Reggae music scene. He has performed with and is featured on compilations with some of the industry's best, from Capleton, Sizzla, Prince Malachi, Tony Rebel and Black Uhuru's Mikal Rose to Hip-Hop artists Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the bay area's own Delinquents.
Born Winston van Ewyk in 1971 in Paramaribo, Surinam, Winstrong was raised in a family of musicians. His mother was a schoolteacher who always took the time to sing falsetto around family and friends. It was her influence that encouraged Winstrong's love of music. "My moms used to tell everyone, "Dis kid has something...watch dis..."
"After featuring Win on some mixtapes," explains partner of west coast label JtheSarge, "I wanted to do a record with him. Sarge explains that he met Win through a mutual friend Ishi Dube of the Humboldt County Reggae Stars. "I've always been a serious Reggae and Hip-Hop head, so when Win wanted to a Hip-Hop record on M9, I jumped at the chance."
Armed only with his guitar and his voice, Winstrong's music inspires and entertains.