The ‘River Nile Crocodile’ inspired to play reggae music | Entertainment
Perhaps the first fascinating thing everyone will learn about the award-winning Dynamq Sound System Selector is that it’s a refugee. And just for clarity, this is a genuine refugee from Sudan.
Dynamq, who calls himself the Sudanese Child or the not-so-flattering Nile Crocodile, grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya, having had to flee civil war in his native Sudan. However, it was during his time at the camp that he first discovered Jamaican music.
“An Indian friend had a boom box with a tape that he played all the time,” he said. One of the songs was Israelites by Desmond Dekker, and it connected with his soul and gave him hope. “As the song says, once you get up in the morning, it means you have life and you have to make the best choices what to do with that life,” Dynamq said.
He explained that in a sense living in a refugee camp was a choice. “The only way out of Kenya and the refugee camp was through a system similar to a green card lottery. And you had to live at the camp to qualify. My brother was chosen first and he was sent to the United States. In less than a year, he managed to get his application approved for my mother and my other siblings, and we were on our way to Pennsylvania in America. We had to learn to adapt to a whole new lifestyle, ”he said. The Sunday Gleaner. “It was a change from day to night.”
Ready to take on challenges
But Dynamq was up for any challenge, and it is undoubtedly that attitude, and, of course, his agility and Nile crocodile predatory instincts, that gives him the edge in the competitive world of sound systems. Defending champion of Ireland and Chin US Rumble, he considers himself a music student and says his first teacher was his late father. “My dad played records from old African bands, and that awakened my love for music. Also, my friends and I were listening to David Rodigan podcasts, and the song lyrics and the emotion in the voices of the Jamaican singers, it’s like they’re telling about my struggles.
So it was perhaps inevitable that his life somehow intertwined with the vibrant Jamaican musical culture. What has evolved through this connection is “Ruka”, Dynamq’s musical melting pot that mixes reggae with the native sounds of South Sudan. In April, Dynamiq landed in the Far East for his “Japan Ruka Tour”, which saw him delight fans in Osaka, Kobe, Sendai, Kawasaki and Tokyo.
“It was amazing!” a delighted Dynamq said The Sunday Gleaner. “Can you believe the fans even put on Dashikis to match mine when I was playing because I always play with my African gear. I have witnessed a true love of reggae music and sound system culture.
Some may say that Dynamq is currently at the top of its game considering the many awards it has won. In addition to being the reigning Rumble champion, he holds the Bermuda Triangle Championship title; he qualified for the semi-finals of the popular Boom Clash in Jamaica; and most recently River Nile Crocodile and Jamie Hype of Young Hawk Sound formed Team USA to compete and win the famous War Ina East Championship.
“On April 20, we went to Dartmund in Germany for War Ina East 2019,” he said. “It was special because I went with Jamie Hype, the same person who encouraged me to go to World Clash, when I thought I wouldn’t have had any luck on that stage. Well I won the World Clash, and I’m forever grateful to Jamie Hype for believing in me and also Irish and Chin for giving me this chance. So this victory, with my friend Jamie, was special, ”he said.
World Clash Canada
Speaking briefly about some of the highlights of his career, Dynamiq said the biggest striker he received was when he played at World Clash Canada in 2018. “That was around the time. where Canada had just released marijuana, and I had a Tony. Rebel dubplate on the day of the show. “Help me grow Canada, they’re just legalizing marijuana,” Tony Rebel’s voice roared across the room. I was scared when I heard the striker – he was the biggest striker in my life, ”he said.
Immensely proud of his Latuko heritage, and despite having to flee his country, he stuck to customs. “My tribe is Latuko. And we believe that once you get to the top, it’s your job to bring others with you, ”he explained. As a result, he has an ongoing project in Sudan where he helps young people, and he is preparing to start a TV show in South Sudan.
Dynamq, who is preparing to embark on a European tour, is also set to defend his title at the US Rumble on June 29 at Garage in Bronx, New York, and all eyes are on him for another historic victory. However, he admits that he’s still amazed that he’s actually “paid to do this thing”, which is his passion.
Dynamq thanks the Japanese Mighty Crown sound system for showing them that it’s okay to be non-Jamaican and play reggae and dancehall music. And about the music he plays he said, “I continue to be amazed at how much a small country like Jamaica can influence the whole world.”