Kayafyahouse The African Herbsman was born in Mindelo City on the island of St. Vincente in Cape Verde, West Africa. A singer, songwriter, producer and musical arranger, Kayafyahouse possesses a very distinctive vocal range and style that compares favourably to that of a few notable Jamaican reggae legends.
Carlos Lopes, better known as Kayafyahouse the [ African Herbsman ], was born on the same island as the great Cape Verdian CESARIA EVORA
The young Carlos Lopes went to Europe at an early age (13). His travels took him to Portugal to join his mother then on to Holland in 1971.
There he settled and showed a keen interest in sports and music.
1979—1982: carlos lopes formed his band The Black Messenger from his base in Amsterdam, Holland, where he headlined and also supported some of the big names in reggae music
Kayafyahouse also produced other African artistes including Councillor Hays from Ghana.
Kayafyahouse soon started touring and he established himself as a crowd pleaser, with spellbinding performances, drawing his musical influence and style from some of the great foundation artistes like Dennis Brown, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Bob Marley , Peter Tosh and Culture.
The multi- talented Kayafyahouse is now armed with a professional management team. He has maintained his roots flavour, awesome melodies and vocal harmony now augmented with horns to enhance his live perfomances.
Kayafyahouse’s music can be described as old school roots rock reggae to Nu roots.
THE JAMAICA CONNECTION
Over the years, Kayafyahouse has made several trips to Jamaica where he recorded at the internationally renowned Anchor and Tuff Gong (home of reggae icon Bob Marley) recording studios. He has worked with The Firehouse Crew and other legendary musicians like Tony Asher, Flabba Holt, Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, Tony Greene, Dwight Richards, Mitchum Chin, Winston Bopee, Bongo Herman and Sticky Thompson.
Vocal harmony has been provided by singers Kadian Dixon, D Wisdom, Nicky Burt, Sherida Sharpe, Chris Smith, Ifidel Williams, and Dean Fraser
In the studios in Jamaica you will find Kayafyahouse recording and mixing his music with the ‘A’-lister engineers including the likes of Steven Stanley, Delroy (Phatta) Pottinger, Roland McDermott and Bobby Digital.
2013 Rocky Ways Conscious and uplifting debut album with great singles such as Rudy featuring the acclaimed version DJ I Roy and Legend and Heroes with HD video
Songs mixed by Steven Stanley in Kingston Jamaica
2014 New Chapter – Kaya and The Firehouse Crew
2015 -2016 Live On Natty Dread ft Macka B – plus HD VIDEO single from the album
2018 –2020 Work in progress on a new album with LSY DUNBAR AND ROBBIE SHAKESPEAR/ ROBBIE LYN
plus DALTON BROWNE , MIXED BY ERROL and SHANE BROWN and STEVEN STANLEY
SINGLE/VIDEO RELEASE AND CONCERT
In January 2016, Kingston, Jamaica was chosen to host the official release of the single and music video Live On Natty Dread ft Macka B and also the concert headlining Kayafyahouse , The Firehouse Crew, Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Lukie D, Andy Livingston, Bryan Art, Mikey General, Jahbar-I, with special guests Nambo and Desi Roots.
Kayafyahouse the African Herbsman from West Africa continues in his musical journey
Although the road is rocky and the ways are tuff, the journey continues
So Live On Natty Dread