INTRODUCING AKUSTIX THE NEW REGGAE PRODIGY
by NICOLE ELLIS
(Kingston , Jamaica)
If Reggae Dancehall music is about image and the right sound, then the Reggae artist AKUSTIX (previously known as Andrew Ranxx) fits right up there with the reggae elite. The international Reggae population will soon give citizenship to this Canadian raised Sing-jay who is about to make his voice, music and passion an exciting part of the Reggae scene. The artist is on a relentless mission to portray a positive influence to the youth around the globe. There is no doubt that the artist lends an ear to the cries of violence and injustice worldwide. AKUSTIX is the name given to the artist and song writer by his close friend ANSEL WILLIAMS. When one uses the term acoustic in the music futurity, you can only expect the most authentic and best sound possible which is said to fit the artist.
AKUSTIX is compelled to express his feelings via his musical talents resulting in a dynamic blend of melody and insight giving birth to songs poised with rhythm and purpose. AKUSTIX brings a new source of flavour and diversity to the table of the Reggae industry. Not only has his musical vibes been described as being refreshing and diverse by the industry, but his devoted fans have characterized his music as embodying "Expressions of Life." AKUSTIX is not only musically talented. He is also a Professional Personal Trainer who gets satisfaction in assisting individuals in achieving their fitness goals.
The Conscious lyrics of his latest hit song “Mandela” is a heartfelt tribute, a salute to his hero, South African icon Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela. This tribute earned him a 2014 JUNO Awards nomination for best “Reggae Recording of The Year.”
AKUSTIX is currently working on a world class reggae album. This album is set to raise the bar and show the maturity of the artist. The album carries a magnitude of musical giants which include order of distinction Sly & Robbie, the legendary Tony “Sax Man” Greene, harmonies with songstress Diva Pam Hall and a potential collaboration with legendary reggae super star Freddie Mc Gregory.
Who better than AKUSTIX to deliver a charismatic sweet soothing rendition of the classic “EBONY EYES” by Rick James and Smokey Robinson.
AKUSTIX started his musical career alongside Toronto and Jamaica’s local dancehall sound systems and shared the stage with some of the premiere reggae’s artists which included Shaggy, Morgan Heritage, Sugar Minot, Shine Head, John Holt, and Snow. Recently the artist opened for show headliner Coco Tea at the 2014 Jambana Festival.
AKUSTIX brings fresh energy, originality and tremendous song writing skills to the table. Needless to say, growing up in a musical family has undoubtedly had an influence on AKUSTIX direction. His father KEBLE WHITE was a professional guitarist, who played alongside Jamaica's foremost guitarist Ernie Ranglin. Another great influence for AKUSTIX was his older brother Tony White a.k.a. Raffa, Canada’s elite reggae drummer. Raffa passed away in 2014 from stomach cancer.
AKUSTIX influences range from Bob Marley and Peter Tosh to Phil Collins, Rick James, Sam Cook and James Brown. These diverse and varying influences along with a true love of all genre of music, all serve to influence AKUSTIX’s rhythmic presentation of music.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to share in the passion of this phenomenal reggae super star. Lending your ear to his lyrics will leave no doubt in your mind that he is devoted to changing the world one song at a time. AKUSTIX’s music put’s a smile on the faces of those in tears, love in the heart of those in need and light to those who are in darkness.