Tony ‘CD’ Kelly turns it up at RBMA

Tony ‘CD’ Kelly turns it up at RBMA

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Topics: Music

Music lovers from all facets of the industry came together at Red Bones Blues Café on Wednesday March 7 to share in an enlightening Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) session. The two-hour event, hosted by music and media entrepreneur Christopher “Engineroom” Edmonds, featured engaging conversations with renowned producer Tony ‘CD’ Kelly and RBMA alum Sawandi Simon.

Tony “CD” Kelly

Christopher “Engineroom” Edmonds and Sawandi Simon

Simon’s memories of participating in the RBMA in Australia in 2006 started an informative exchange about music as he spoke to the invigorating activities and the invaluable lessons he learnt and what prospective participants can gain from the experience.

Kelly then seasoned the musical conversation with hilarious and thought-provoking anecdotes highlighting the development of his career as well as his thoughts on music today.

The master mixer – known for writing dozens of mega hit songs, Grammy-winning movie and video game scores and who was instrumental in the career successes of countless local and international artistes – carried the attentive audience on a riveting journey that captured his deep love of music and the burgeoning curiosity he had as a teen that led him to Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios where he was schooled in the art and business of music production by such greats as Errol Brown and the Scientist.

Christopher “Engineroom” Edmonds and Tony “CD” Kelly

A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Kelly also emphasised that this early thirst for knowledge has kept his career on an upward path and has been significant to his successes.

“I am always seeking out new sounds or new ways of doing something. I just don’t take no for answer and try to turn negatives to positives. My mom taught me to always strive for better.”

Kelly’s presentation further sizzled with the infusion of samples of the songs he helped bring to fame, such as the unmistakable beats from his first works like Major Mackerel’s “Don Man”, Beenie Man’s “Bookshelf”, Sean Paul’s “Up to Date” and Tanya Stephens’ “Goggle”.

To cap off the session, dub poetry group NoMaddz delivered their usual scintillating performance.


RBMA is an open, inclusive learning environment within which musicians of varying skills set and experiences can share ideas in hopes of making music greater. This renowned Academy has been traveling the globe for over 15 years and lands in one of the most iconic cities of the world – New York – for 2012 and once again Jamaican producers, musicians and DJs will have the opportunity to be part of this incredible experience.

Each year, 60 participants are chosen to take part of the two-week tour full of lectures, production workshops and jamming sessions with some of the most recognised figures in the music industry world-wide. Anyone can apply online at The only requisite is to live for music and be addicted to sound. All expenses are taken care of by the Academy.


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