Celebrating the life of MDEEZ
Some of the biggest names in the local music industry will take to the stage for a celebration of life for late reggae singer Davon “MDeez” Knight.
D-Mac, Sammi Starr, Sosa Man, Najee Dunn, Wendi, Charissa, Willis, Bobo Ken, Select Chronic, Sketch, Julien Believe, Judah the Lion and Patrice Murrell, all backed by All For One Band, will perform live and pay tribute to MDeez on Monday, July 15 at St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyd Road. The three-hour, free celebratory event will get underway at 7 p.m. for the reggae and dancehall artist, songwriter and producer.
“It was important for us to do this for MDeez because he inspired a lot of people in the music industry,” said manager Luval Culmer.
“The tragedy of losing MDeez still doesn’t take away from the legacy that he left. His legacy to us would be pretty much that music is life, music is powerful. It has the ability to transform people’s lives. And that was something he always tried to do with his music. And if you were to go through his music catalogue, you realize there is a song that touches on almost every aspect of life.”
MDeez, who was a Bahamian Icon Award nominee and who received the 2019 Elevation Award for male artist of the year, was stabbed and killed on Friday, June 23, just before he was to start a 12-week tour. He was scheduled to perform on night one of the Reggae Sumfest festival at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“The industry lost a hero in a sense because I would say what MDeez was about to accomplish…especially after this summer…he was going to perform on some stages that many artists only dream of performing on, and on the brink of international stardom.”
Outside of his solo career, the Bahamian of Jamaican descent has writing credit for Jah Cure’s hit single “Telephone Love” as well as a number of other artists.
The celebration of life event will feature local artists he’s collaborated with over the years.
“He was the type of person, once you met MDeez, you became a part of MDeez’s life,” said Culmer. “Music is life – and music has the ability to affect life would definitely be [MDeez’s] legacy as it pertains to his musical career.”
The reggae artist emerged on the music scene more than two decades ago in the dancehall/chatting genre, before he “switched lanes” to try his hand at rapping, then made the transition to reggae – where he found his place, so to speak.
“He had some success in the rap field with songs and collaborations with other artists, but I think he had his biggest success in the reggae industry and dancehall.”
MDeez’s first reggae hit was the single “Love Is”, a song that propelled him into a household name.
“That’s the one that actually caused him to go from being a popular artist to superstar or an icon in a sense, because after that point there was no looking back. Everything after that was hit after hit after hit,” said Culmer.
His style of music has been described as a mix of smooth and conscious via reggae tracks that were gritty party vibes.
In his solo career, MDeez has had his music played in multiple markets worldwide. He did a 2017 Canadian promo tour, as well as the Love and Harmony Cruise and the Grenada Invitational that same year. He had performed at the Orlando Carnival and the Adamari Caribbean Festival in 2016, along with performances in Cancun and Belize.
Outside of his music, Culmer spoke to MDeez’s philanthropy as it related to his connection with the average man.
“He always felt he wasn’t better than anybody, and he wanted to do whatever he could do to help those who were out on their luck, so to speak, and who just needed a helping hand sometimes,” said Culmer.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.