Calvin Incline Wants To Keep Reggae Strong

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Still A Reggae Them. Calvin Incline
Still A Reggae Them. Calvin Incline

It’s not often you hear the word ‘reggae’ being used as a verb, but singer-songwriter Calvin Incline does so in his latest single titled Still a Reggae Them.

“Yes, reggae is a verb, it is an action music,” he said, laughing. “We need more action with reggae. We’ve got to get the roots rock reggae to trend more because dancehall is overshadowing it, so we need to ‘reggae’ them. We have to continue burning the torch with good reggae music,” Calvin Incline added.

The single was released on the Nomiboss Productions label on August 26, along with visuals.

“People are going to love the video because it has a community feel, with the faces of regular Jamaicans and people from all cultures singing the song,” said the artiste, whose given name is Calvin Wiggins.

He grew up in Snow Hill, Portland, and attended Port Antonio High School. He fell in love with music when his father would play the Motown hits on his turntable. Calvin Incline began to perform live about age 13 with sound systems such as Struggler Hifi and Libra Tone. As soon as he completed high school, he moved to Kingston. He began to perform on stage shows before migrating in 1996. In 1997, he recorded two songs, Millennium Drop and My Eyes Are Closed, on the Digital English label, which signalled the official start of his journey in music. Calvin Incline will be releasing a six-song EP later this year with what he called “some inspirational music that I need to share with the world”. Among the tracks are Instant Karma and Low Key. He released an album titled My People in 2010.

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