Dancehall star Blak Ryno is now following in the footsteps of his mentor, Vybz Kartel, by signing and developing artistes. He signed an artiste known as ‘Linky First’ to his label, Garrison Records this week.

“Linky First is very talented, and I will be spending the time to develop his talent, any riddim that I record on, you can look out for a song from him as well. I will also be in charge of his bookings and ensuring that he gets on stage shows, and the world gets to discover his talent,” Blak Ryno said.

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Ryno, who is  also known as the ‘Stinger’,  was a former member of the Vybz Kartel-led Portmore Empire Group, and launched his own record label two years ago. Ryno has already recorded a combination single, ‘Beautiful’ featuring Linky First.

The artiste, whose real name is Jason Henriques, grew up in Old Harbour before relocating to 6 East in Greater Portmore. He attended Tacius Golding High, and was active in the Seventh Day Adventist church where he showed a true talent for music.

“in the church, I played piano, drums, saxophone, from an early age, I had a musical thing going on,” he said.

When he left high school, he began to focus more on honing his deejaying skills, and experimenting more with the dancehall art form. He soon migrated and since that time, he has been travelling between New York and Jamaica.

In late 2015, he recorded a single called ‘Rock and Come in’, a soca-flavoured song that has been generating a buzz in the Caribbean.

“The song has a really good buzz in Trinidad and some other Caribbean islands, and it is doing well on the street mixes in New York because of the nice Caribbean soca vibe,” he said

He has performed at events at Albany Manor, Cafe Omar and Amazura in the New York area, sharing the stage with artistes such as Ninja Kidd, Vershon and Blak Ryno himself.

‘The Stinger’ is looking forward to a successful partnership.

“Making music is good, but as I have come to learn, the industry is more about the business than the music itself and many artistes fail to recognise that. This, I believe, is a great business move.”

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