Rhythmical Remedy - Keznamdi performs at California Children’s Hospital Image

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Reggae artiste Keznamdi recently performed at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital as a part of their music therapy programme aimed at providing stress free relief to patients and families.

The 22 year old dreadlocked artiste was invited by the hospital’s Neurologic Music Therapist, Oliver Jacobson, who thought Keznamdi would be a perfect fit. “A neuro researcher recommended Keznamdi to me, I checked out his recordings and based on his positive energy and warm personality, we knew he would be good for the kids” , said Jacobson.

Keznamdi performed a 25 minute set with songs such as Just Vibe, Is This Love, We Gotta Mission and Bob Marley’s Roots Rock Reggae. In commenting on his set Jacobson said, “Keznamdi was full of energy, he had the room singing, moving and exploring new sounds, cultures and instruments”.  After this performance Keznamdi visited children at their bed sides accompanied by his guitarist and performed Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds which several of the children were able to identify with. “While singing the chorus of Three Little Birds, therapists witnessed a child standing and dancing with his mom for the first time after a long rehabilitation, it was a magical moment”, said Jacobson.  Ashley Walker Benjamin, parent of one of the children visited by Keznamdi said. “I love his voice, it was a blessing that he came and sang for my son and lifted his soul”.

The hospital treats and houses children with various diagnoses such as cancer, kidney failure, traumatic brain injury, cystic fibrosis among other ailments. “I feel honoured to perform for these children, spreading love and positivity and just letting them smile and feel a sense of hope’ said Keznamdi.

Keznamdi joins the list of musicians to perform at the hospital such as Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Cold Play and Lady Antebellum, multi-platinum and Grammy winning group.

Keznamdi’s introduction to the music industry came after the release of his ‘Bridging the Gap’ EP last April which peaked at number four on the iTunes reggae charts and number ten on the Billboard Reggae Album Charts.

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