Kirk ‘Kirkledove’ Bennett

This Jamaican-born Songwriter/ Composer, Artist, Musician and Producer affectionately know to the world as Kirkledove, was born Kirk Andre Bennett. He grew up in Montego Bay Jamaica but was born in the parish of Trelawny in 1978. Today, he is a signed product to VPal Music u n d e r h i s o w n c o m p a n y ‘Kirkledove Record Label and Publishing Company’. Musical Background His official music journey started as a teenager at the Muschett Comprehensive High School when he copped the drummers role in the school’s band. As he grew more knowledgeable to the drums, he quickly became noticeable and soon enough was gigging at two major hotels: Sandals Resorts & Hedonism Superclubs in Jamaica. Shortly after, he added the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to his list of employers, and not long after that, another offer landed him with the great Beres Hammond. Beres Hammond’s team admired his talent as that of a remarkable dummer, and immediately decided to add him to the Harmony House family. From then until now Kirkledove remains the drummer for Beres Hammond. He tours the world extensively, not only with Beres but also with recording artists like Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Freddy Jackson, Toots Hibbert, Whaling Souls, Tanya Stephens, Anthony B, Busy Signal, Jah Cure, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and many more.

His position as musical director for some of the above acts has gained him a wealth of insight and knowledge into the world of music and how it works, so it was no surprise when almost effortlessly he immediately transitioned to a very active life of a producer, that would now have him writing, composing and arranging his own music. My Rhythms/ Singles/ and Composing Kirkledove wasted no time with his musical ideas. In 2004 he released the “Livity Riddim’ that featured Luciano’s ‘Never Run Short’, and ‘You’re My All’ by Turbulence.

Although the project wasn’t as successful as he would have liked, he never gave up. Instead, he continued to release rhythms upon rhythms and built necessary relationships for his success. On the eve of 2006 into 2007, Kirkledove got his first major exposure and recognition with his new written and composed ‘Dutch Pat Riddim’ for song title “Teck Weh Yuh Self” sang by Mr. Vegas. (https://youtu.be/kEhSCZRs_Ys) This production was nothing short of a great hit. The rhythm was also featured in an Xbox 360 game, developed solely by the American Multinational Corporation Company, Microsoft. Two years later another hit single brewed passed many releases from the label; “Daggering’ is the name on the ‘Remembrance Riddim’, featuring once again Mr. Vegas himself (https://youtu.be/dp_0p6Hc3_I)

A beautiful relationship was built. Feeling great about the company’s success, Kirk Bennett then penned his feelings on a dance track called “Dancers’ (https://youtu.be/paGzlMNNIF0), which had Jamaica doing just that, dancing! The rhythm even featured Mr. Bennett on vocals alongside the then recording artiste Leontre. With the constant recording sessions, beat creations and talent searching, the Kirkledove label craftily inserted the “Jump Drive Riddim” into the music airwaves in February 2010. It featured quite a few Busy Signal tracks (https://youtu.be/ Dzw16DIMEGA) as well as other acts. See what Fact TV had to say about it: http://www.factmag.com/2010/03/18/kirkledove-jump-drive-riddim/ . The local and international successes from all the musical injections brought the VPal Music to Kirkledove’s door step in 2012. They signed a distribution deal, and in 2013 “Good thing Riddim” was released featuring mainly signed artists from the VP Records label.

The Front Yard Riddim, Drummy Riddim and Track “119” on Busy Signal’s “Reggae Music Again” Album was released consecutively in 2011, 2012 & 2013. My Albums and Me as a Recording Artist “The birth of my first album, “Streetwise Dubwise” came at a time when I was bursting with excitement for my future. I compiled the body of work solely with the intention to motivate individuals from all walks of life. The Jamaican Music genres express streets and dub beautifully, thus the name. The mind captivating, intense, rhythm thumping, smooth silhouette weaving of the ska, reggae, mento and dancehall genres speak volume on this album. I’d like to think this compilation gives an overview of the real concept of live music, and the challenges brought to the life of a true musician,” he said. As a recording artist Kirkledove wrote and vocally did the singles “Stay on the Right Path’, “Rolling Diddles’ and “Give it to me’ which feature recording artists Yogie and Cecile in year 2008 and 2009.

The EP “Having Fun With The Maschine” was released in 2012. This project speaks to his tremendous growth and focused abilities which are clearly evident in the featured songs. His latest album “Rumble in the Jungle” was released September 2017. Take a listen to Tarrus Riley’s Rubba Dub Again from the album: https://youtu.be/-pK2SNPSkhE.

External Recordings While the above releases were creating future wings for Kirkledove Production, Kirk the Drummer was busy in studio laying drum tracks for Queen Ifrica’s Lioness on the Rise, Romain Virgo’s Can’t Sleep, Beres Hammond’s Feel Good, J Boog Nice To Know Ya, Protoje’s Kingston Be Wise, Jah 9,s Avocado, Samory I’s Rasta Nuh Gansta Album, Nesbeth’s My Dream, Tarrus Riley’s Lion Paw, Sizzla’s Thank You Mama, all of which were hits. And when that wasn’t enough, he’d respond to the calls of major producers and production companies that found favor in his overall abilities namely Harmony House, Penthouse, Stone Love, Bobby Digital, Juke Boxx, Mikey Bennett/ Grafton Studios, Donovan Jermaine, Don Corleon and Dean Fraser. “It’s a blessing to know that my work with these companies and producers has made me into a Grammy nominee for albums namely: Beres Hammond - One Love One Life (2014) Toots & the Maytals - Light Your Light (2008) Morgan Heritage - Avrakedabra (2018) Buju Banton - Rasta Got Soul (2010)” Click on link for songs by Kirkledove Production https://m.soundcloud.com/kirkledove-records