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The Akinsanya Biography

The Akinsanya Biography

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Akinsanya is a healthy reggae sounds practitioner/artiste likewise a facilitator of holistic, non-toxic sounds/music to uplift the total being.

Born Lloyd O’Neil Palmer in St Ann Jamaica. The garden parish of the isle is home to some of Jamaica’s international cultural legends such as; [Marcus Garvey], Burning Spear, Jackie Mittoo and Bob Marley.

King Sanya, as he is, and is called, grew up in the parish of Trelawny. Akinsanya was molded into the musical arts in his teenage years at his Alma mater William Knibb Memorial high school. He was exposed to music as a subject while likewise singing on the school’s choir.

Akinsanya ventured into Jamaica’s popular music culture as a Dub -poet, then evolved into a multi-instrumentalists as he learned percussions, melodica, keyboards and now he’s learning the acoustic guitar.

As a musician, Akin provided accompaniment (backing band) to Reggae’s A class performers, such as Richie Spice, Twony, Chezideck, Turbulence, Warrior King, Winston McAnuff and more. He toured with reggae singers Sugar Minott and Gyptian, playing keyboards until he formed “The Uprising Roots” band in ‘06 with fellow mates who felt disillusioned and abused by the Jamaican music industries unprofessionalism.

With Uprising Roots, Akin was able to fuse spoken words/Dub Poetry with spiritually potent contemporary reggae music. His debut album is titled “Skyfiya”.

Currently King Sanya is on a sabbatical from the band to focus on his spiritual journey as it relates to Healthy transformational therapeutic sounds for wellness of the body, soul, mind and spirit. His journey has manifested into the “Sound Balm Yard” venture, offering musical services (teaching) and sound offerings (music) for wellness. He has also created products such as indigenous acoustic handmade instruments such as whistles and flutes.

Akinsanya teamed with a Japan based producer/musician, Jr Wize, to release his debut EP “Dub Trafickka” in 2016 featuring Dub – poetry and instrumentals.

“Incient chant, Kween Naani and Fancy Girl” were follow up singles in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The latter two are Ska tracks with Akinsanya vocalizing his poetry in a singing/chanting style and fashion. Akinsanya’s current release “House of Dub” is a track paying homage to the dub pioneers; Lee ‘scratch’ Perry, Scientist, King Tubby and Mad Professor.

Akinsanya is the Granman*(pronounced Gaaman) spouse to Jamaica’s first Granman Gloria ‘Mauma G’ Simms installed by the Suriname Okanisi Maroons in 2014. She is also the first female Granman in the western hemisphere.

Akin is currently working on two projects for his “Sound Balm Yaad” production label. A compilation with Jamaica’s Frontline dub poets and an acoustic album featuring chants and songs unto His Imperial Majesty (HIM).

*Paramount King/Queen- Supreme Governor/ Queen Mother.
*His/Her Imperial Majesty.

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