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Aka Koxx


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Born in Clarendon, Jamaica into a musical family, he spent his formative years surrounded by uncles, all of whom played the guitar and were singers in their own right. So it was not surprising when he started making his own guitars, trying to emulate this family tradition.

Upon entering high school he met Gerald Anderson, a music teacher, who saw his interest in music and started giving him the foundations of bass playing, and gave him his first bass guitar.

This quickly bore fruit as Koxx bass playing became a regular part of school life, he managed to make a name for himself, representing his school on annual school festivals and performing at numerous concerts and school functions. He was voted and won a prize for best performance in music at Lennon High school in 1994.

Leaving high school, he followed a few friends to The Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. There he worked with Maurice Gordon, one of Jamaica’s top jazz guitarists and a great teacher.

This opened his mind to a new world of musical ideas, changing his life forever as not before long he found himself working with artists the likes of Freddie McGregor, The Mighty Diamonds, The Heptones, Winston Jarrett and Max Romeo.

Over time touring with these artists became more and more regular, this was the final stage of development, the university in which he has learnt and polished his skills, taking something away from each and every artist he has worked with, and making it his own.

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