Determine Reggae

Sunshine City, St. Mary, JM
Artist / Band / Musician
Matches Box Production
Determine was born Rohan Alexander Bennett in 1972 in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, Jamaica. A bright student, he excelled in accounts and home economics but decided to follow his heart and pursue a musical career in Kingston.

He began performing on the Jamaican sound system circuit and he soon managed to reach such popularity that he won the Rockers award for best new deejay in 1995. His recording career was off to a great start with his debut single "Lion in Zion" being released on the King Jammys label. He then followed that with local hits like "Dem No Know Love", "Burn Up" and "Selassie I". However, it was when Determine teamed up with Beenie Man to record "Kette Drum" for the Digital B label that he achieved his first major international dancehall smash hit - a tune that was number one in Jamaica and throughout the reggae world.

The following year (1996), this talented bobo-chanter reinforced his high profile as he continued to unleash a succession of tough dancehall 45s like "Live Wire", "Time Like This" "Who", "What Dem A Think", "Welcome Shaka Zulu", "I Shall Not", and "If A Nevah Jah". His first self-production "More and More", released on his own Zulu Productions/ Matches Box label went to a number one position in Canada - and "Hands in the Air", was a number one tune in Bermuda. His debut album "Rock the World" was released on, VP Records/ Digital B Records in 1996.

Determine has continued to release a seemingly non-stop flow of popular singles over the last five years and has recorded for all the top producers in Jamaica. Of particular note are tracks like "Zion Hill", "Frustration", "Full a Hype". This has given him a deserved rating of one of the top bobo dread artists, alongside Capleton, Anthony B, Sizzla and Jah Mason. Determines album "Freedom Chant" a set which compiled many of his biggest hits and was released by Brickwall Records in 1999 was very successful.

Determine has toured, Holland, Switzerland, Paris, Amsterdam, England and many other European countries and have also performed in many of the US States. Throughout his engagements he visited the Third Eye Studio during his short visit to the UK in September 2001 and recorded one track produced by Rootsman entitled "Let's Be Friends". He then returned in December 2001 and recorded another anthem; this one entitled "Redemption Chant". "Let's Be Friends" is contained on Rootsman's "New Testament" album. Since then determine has recorded and released 2 albums and a host of singles, Unity album in 2003 an album that feature 6 songs from Norris Man and 6 songs from determine hence the name Unity it was released on the Brickwall Label, the other was a breath taking album produce and release on the Zulu/Matches Box label in 2005.

Determine is presently on an eternal rise once again with his own Label and studio plus a brand new album, release date TBA, and several upcoming shows locally and internationally, the fire is blazing once again with new single Make Love, which was produced by his own label Matches Box Production, climbing the charts and his combination with Mr. G, Rasta ballhead, taking over the dancehall and radio waves we can expect the energy and fun filled performances that his growing fan base is accustomed to with new and innovating ways that they have never seen before, Determine, one of Jamaica’s Reggae Pioneers, fire is blazing like never before!

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