Born Byron Antonio Reid (13.11.1957) in rural Jamaica Rock Spring, Hanover, Kandi Man’s talent for music was discovered at church; He later developed his performing skills by practicing at local events and during his stints as a front man for several Jamaican bands based in Savannah-La-Mar.
In 1978 he travelled to Montego Bay St. James, and there he played music on the lucrative hotel circuit. He opened the stage for many international renowned acts such as Billy Paul, the O'Jays, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and Sugar Minott.
An icon and a veteran in his own right, Kandi Man has voiced material for many of Jamaica’s leading and legendary music producers including Coxsone Dodd, Augustus Pablo, Jack Ruby, and King Tubby.
Kandi Man had a steady career success leading up to the late 80’s, building a solid and timeless catalogue. However in the 90’s he re-styled his singing to the wailing tones of Bob Marley. This move saw his career catapulting to a higher level, especially in Jamaican dancehall.
The early 90’s signaled the rule of sound systems, and sound systems validated their dominance by the caliber of dub-plates and specials, which they could play. During the climax of this era, Kandi Man was one of those artistes who made a name for himself recording dub-plates for the majority of the leading sound systems during that time, which included the self proclaimed ‘World Immortal’ Stone Love, spearheaded by front man Wee Pow.
Influenced by the work of reggae legend Bob Marley, in the late 90’s, Kandi saw himself writing an onslaught of original singles and experimenting with various musical styles. He favored Bob Marley’s style of delivery and the groovy sound of roots reggae music, settling on roots reggae music as his preferred genre. Experimenting with this style of music gave him favorable response from his fans and resulted in Kandi Man singing several roots reggae singles that soon gained notoriety in Jamaican dancehall.
His style of music and the authenticity of his craft was recognized by The Original Wailers, and in 2006 Kandi received the coveted opportunity to tour the world with the group. The Wailers were also featured on his album in a collaborative effort called “Kronic”.
More contemporary collaborations include “Murder” featuring Dean Fraiser on horns, and “Dem No Know Jah” featuring Luciano.
Kandi Man is currently working with local production and management team Young Veterans Music. They have just released hot single “Cutchie time” featuring veteran artiste Dillinger and also veteran Guitarist Leroy “Badness” Pennicott.
Kandi Man continues to sing conscious reggae music in its most authentic state, building up a musical catalogue for music lovers, which will last longer than time itself.