The name Suku has been synonymous with music since the dancehall group Ward 21 hit the scene in the 1990’s.
Andre Gray, the name given Suku by his mother, grew up in Waterhouse and attended the Mona High School. For Suku, music came naturally; it was always something he wanted to do and would stop at nothing to fulfill that desire. Suku believes that his love affair with music wasn’t by chance, he will tell you that music chose him. Truth be told, you would be mad to dispute that claim. Since his introduction to the dancehall fraternity in 1998, Suku along with Ward 21 has released a slew of hits like Haters, Judgement Day, Bloodstain, Petrol, Ganja Smoke, Garrison, and Hey Gyal, just to name a few.
Suku’s relevance and longevity in the entertainment industry can be credited to the fact that he is not only an artiste but a producer as well. “Being a producer has helped me and the group to sustain our kind of music and to keep the authenticity of dancehall that we strive for. You get to dictate what you want to hear, somewhat.” Added to that, Suku has been an instrumental figure in the careers of dancehall artistes like Tifa and Timberlee and believes that with this new Bada Bada Gang group, many more careers will take off.
As an artiste in the music business, Suku has always paid homage to the generals before him. He noted Cobra, Bounty Killer, Spragga Benz, Shabba Ranks and incarcerated Reggae star Buju Banton as artistes that he himself looks up to. He expressed that these artistes have always tried to re-invent themselves to remain relevant and to successfully ensure that they are still able to captivate an audience. For Suku, his main tool in captivating his audience is his voice. “I have a very deep and intense voice. Most people who hear it want to listen to what else is coming.”
Outside of producer dancehall bangers and releasing hit songs, Suku is an avid family man and as such enjoys spending time with his children. Suku understands that much of the music being consumed today are done so by young people and as such understand he responsibility that he has to ensure that his creativity doesn’t get carried away. “it is important for me to make sure I do my music in an artistic form so they don’t take what I am doing too seriously. Young people need to understand that this is all just entertainment and need to be taken as just that.”