Kas Lionheart Jonathan (aka KAS) was introduced to the music industry at the tender age of 7 and performed regularly to crowds of around 400 people in his homeland Nigeria. Showing such verve and confidence so early on musically, KAS continued to follow what he felt was a Fire God had put in his heart! Haven been to citry and islington college to learn music production at the age of 18, and soon after, KAS then embraced this passion and set out in pursuit of a career as an entertainer. Over the last decade he has harnessed his performance and production skills becoming one of Africa’s most sought after recording artist and producer.
KAS epitomizes the new and ever growing youthful sound, of African music today. Born to a Nigerian father and a British mother he is the last son of two. He is of Yoruba decent and is occasionally referred to as ‘Omo Yoruba’ meaning ‘Son of the Yoruba tribe’. KAS openly exudes pride and takes full ownership of his Yoruba inheritance despite his British up bringing.
THE PRODUCER / ARTIST (KAS)
Hugely inspired by music legends such as Phil Collins, R.Kelly. Ray Charles and Timbaland, KAS ‘Omo Yoruba’ prides the originality of his production and deliverance in music on its unique and futuristic composition and sound.
By no means has KAS ambition exceeded his talent! He is currently becoming a household brand within the African music industry. So much so, that this multi talented singer song writer/ producer has been hailed as the future Puff Daddy of Africa, by some of the most reputable and accredited groups within the African media.
KAS not only has the vision of musical greatness, but also for those who have been fortunate enough to see him perform live, would know he is a true entertainer.
After years of co-writing and producing songs with the likes of Sir Shino Peters, M.I, Nneka, Goldie, Naeto C, 2face, Dbanj, and Wande Coal to name a few, he released his first single ‘Wind For Me’, followed by the monstrous anthem ‘Fi Mi Le’ in 2010.
‘Fi Mi Le’ written and produced by KAS himself, became a hit instantly. Selling over 1.2 million copies officially in Nigeria in the first week alone, earning him nominations for numeric awards:
• Dynamix All Youth Awards - SONG OF THE YEAR • BEST NEW ARTISTE in the September 2010 Holla Awards • SSA (South South Awards) - Best Pop SOLO 2011 • Awarded recognition for outstanding musical performance & launch of album on the 11-11-11 KAS is presently topping the MTV Africa charts and from this single alone, receives boundless airplay from radio stations across Africa.
In November 2011, he released his long anticipated debut album titled ‘KAS FI MI LE’ in Nigeria and received rave reviews and is now currently planning his UK and European release in 2012
KAS THE ENTREPRENEUER
SYNCRONISATION MUSIC: In 2000 KAS had the privilege of producing and performing on a promotional campaign for the drink company Hennessey & Co (a brand which sells on average 50 million bottles a year Worldwide). The single 'Like A Bottle' and video which featured a list of A-list recording artist was later released and its popularity in Africa demonstrates KAS’s ability to not only produce another hit single, but to be able to producer a track specifically for a commercial product, something very few African producers have been able to achieve or even consider delving into.
LABEL EXECUTIVE (KAS BEATS ENTERTAINMENT): His career as a recording artist and entertainer has gone from strength to strength and in 2011 he expanded his empire demonstrating once again his vision as an entrepreneur by setting up his label KAS BEATS Entertainment. At the top of the year he signed his first acts Tonto Dikeh the number 1 female actress in Nigerian Nollywood the worlds third biggest movie industry and also to the label the twins ‘2 Sec’ producing and featuring on their first single currently tearing up the clubs in Nigeria ‘Koboko’.
CHARITY WORK: KAS is the founder of the KAS Kids Foundation a Charity set up for homeless children in Nigeria.