This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Masud Sadiki who was born in St Kitts on 07 October, 1974 and passed away on 21 May, 2012 at the age of 37. We will remember him forever.
Described as the most influential reggae artist coming out of the twin island paradise of St Kitts and Nevis, Masud Sadiki delivered everything that was positive and great about Reggae music. Immediately upon meeting this brother, one could not help but feel at ease in his presence.
The St Kitts born artist, christened Kevin Donovan in 1974, began performing publicly at high school concerts, where he immediately stood out amongst his peers. Masud quickly began burning up local gigs and talent shows, which led him to share the stage with the likes of Buju Banton, Luciano, Dennis Brown, Morgan Heritage, Beres Hammond, Wyclef Jean, Culture, Lucky Dube, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Kelly, Everton Blender and many other Reggae stars, many of whom have influenced his music.
Any artist can make a statement, but Masud was here to make a difference. Masud was a recording artist, writer, and dynamic performer, with over 12 years of performing experience, including 4 years as a lead vocalist of Caribbean Roots (the house band for Four Seasons Resort, Nevis). His mission was to bring uplifting songs with a steadfast message of universal peace and love to his listeners.
With an exciting blend of roots reggae, ska, a touch of dancehall, a dash of African rhythms and a sprinkle of other Caribbean musical flavours, he managed to keep it lively and fun, with catchy melodies and brilliantly crafted music, while delivering socially conscious lyrics.
On stage, backed by his band Kala-Bash, Masud’s performances were passion-filled, hypnotic and his overall energy was nothing short of contagious. “I get a spiritual high when I’m on stage and the energy from the musicians and audience heightens the experience”, he said brandishing his signature smile.
His superb vocal skills and creativity are evident on his two independently released albums: “Blast Off” in 2001 and “Sun Down 2 Sun Up” in 2003. Both albums collectively feature local and regional favourites such as Love For Mama, Log Out, Wonder How, and Reggae Run This Party.
Masud resigned from his lead vocalist role with the Caribbean Roots Band in 2003 to direct his full attention to a solo career. Since then he performed in Palestine, England, Cuba, Taiwan, and in many other neighbouring Caribbean islands including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica and St Croix.
After a few personal and business challenges, Masud released his third album “Keep It Down To Earth” in late June 2010. It was released on the Pull Phactor Entertainment and West Indie Records labels; the former is owned by Masud and his producer/music director, Hakeem “Raga Redz” Samuel, and based in St. Kitts, while the latter is based in Anguilla. This new album shows a more seasoned and mature Masud. It is Masud’s most impressive work to date, as it is fully loaded with thirteen (13) powerful and inspiring songs.
Unlike his previous albums, this album is a lot more organic and authentic as he used more live instruments, including drums, guitars, bass and percussions to significantly improve the sound quality. This album is a 100% St Kitts/Nevis product, as all the lyrics and vocals are being supported and brought to life by a carefully selected powerful team of local musicians, producers and engineers.
On the 4th October 2010, Masud released a new powerful song called A Stitch In Time. Masud wrote “A Stitch In Time” to support and bring more awareness to the United Nations’ Secretary General’s “UNITE To End Violence Against Women” campaign. “I love and respect women with all my heart and I am super happy to be lending my voice and energy to such a very serious and important campaign. My grandmother was stabbed to death in a supermarket in St. Croix, so violence against women has hit my family long before I was born. My Mom was just 8 years old”, Masud said. He performed the song in Palestine in December 2010 at a UN sponsored music festival to end violence against women. He presented a powerful and inspiring set, backed by the Sabrine Group Band, a Palestinian band, along with one of his producers, Jazzique Chiverton.
Masud’s influence goes much deeper than music. He also lent his time to the youths in his country, hosting music workshops, and giving motivational talks at schools. He was selected by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis to represent the federation on a study tour to Taiwan in 2001, as he was considered one of the most influential youths in the country. Until late 2010, Masud was the district manager for the National Emergency Management Agency in his community. At his passing, he was the PRO for CUET (Community Upliftment and Enhancement Team), the most influential and dynamic non-government and non-political community group in his community.