Apr 13, 2020
Dwayne has seen and done a lot, and there’s still more to come. For Episode 9 of #MikesMomentOf … I speak with Dwayne Morris about his journey teaching, touring, working with artists and making music. He has much to say…
Dwayne Morris’ music career started some 20 years ago in the parish of Westmoreland where he discovered his passion for music while attending the Frome Technical High School. After graduating High School with his eyes set on a career in the music industry, he enrolled in the Edna Manley College of the Visual Arts where he pursued a Diploma in Music Education and Piano Performance an extended program of the University of the West Indies. He graduated at the top of his class as the most outstanding performing arts and education student of the four colleges. While in college he also taught at the college and other prep schools in and around Kingston. Immediately upon graduation he delved right into the industry where he was lead keyboard player for Jah Cure, Elephant Man and Busy Signal all within his first year as a professional musician. He also put his strong teaching background to use as he was the CXC teacher for the Papine High School Performing Arts Program. Dwayne’s strong interpersonal skill and stage presence lead him to the ultimate performer in Dancehall Beenie Man, where he started out as a keyboard player and eventually the music director a post, he held for eight years. From the classroom to the stage and eventually the studio, Dwayne’s creativity led him to the studios of King Jammys where he played on some of the most successful records between 2008 and 2012 which includes albums done by Jan Cure, Mavado, Junior Gong, Sizzla, Beenie Man, 50 Cent and many others. He eventually went on to start his own record label Cahban Rekords that was instrumental in the early success of artist such as Chronixx, Jahmeil and Alkaline which was the first official artist signed to the label, the label eventually led him to the top of the Dancehall scene before parting ways. With a solid background in music production, performing and teaching Dwayne is still strongly pursuing his passion in this highly competitive music industry. In 2016 he made a courageous move by migrating to the big city of New York where he immediately hit the ground running, performing around the tri-state area. Dwayne is currently the music director at a performing art high school in queens, New Visions Chartered Humanities IV, he is also pursuing a masters in Music Education at the Five Town College where he was awarded a scholarship.
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