The tall lyrical chanter Lord Harmony, born as Mwongi Caga aka ‘the original blackfama’, as he is affectionately known by his supporters is a reggae-ragga artist from PE. He did his primary schooling in Peddie,a small rural town between Graham’s town and King Williams’stown. In the mid-90’s he moved to Port Elizabeth to finish his matric and later graduated with a national diploma in Marketing at NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) in 2007.
From a very young age Lord Harmony has always been surrounded by music and contrary to many artist, he started his music journey as a poet when he joined NMMU’s CREATIVE ARTS SOCIETY alongside poets like Buzwe Ngcayisa and Kwanele Mbutana to mention a few .After a year in the poetry society he changed his artisic direction into reggae-music after having met a longtime friend and a reggae-music collector Mphuthumi ”my brother” Bonya .It was with this brethren that he started singing using dubs (beats). From thereon, he attended dancehall (a Rastafarian music sessions) in New Brighton where he got the opportunity to expose his talent and sharpen his skills.
Lord Harmony draws his musical inspiration from his own life experiences, the struggles of the ghetto life, his reach African heritage and political injustices that still faced black people. Also he is immensely inspired by the music of the reggae pioneers like Burning Spear, Bob Marley ,Culture, Peter Tosh & Lucky Dube to the modern reggae artists like Sizzla Kalonji, Anthony B, Buju Bunton to mention a few.
After hustling in the streets of Port Elizabeth for a couple of years and performing in and around the city, Lord Harmony released a medley album titled‘GIVE ME THE RAINBOW’ consisting of six tracks. The album was produced Bongani ‘Skhota’ Tulwana the very same who taught Lord Harmony how to play guitar in 2008.The album warmly received airplay from Umhlobowenene, radio2000 andKQfm considering that it was his first offering and independently released.
Over the years Lord Harmony has graced many stages and conquered many crowds with his big growling voice. He has performed in almost every June16 event in and around his community of Motherwell, where he resides. He has performed in all One Blood festival stage shows since its inception. In 2010 he made memorable blazing performance by a reggae artist at the opening of the summer season at Hobbie beach, Summerstrand. He has been invited twice to perform at the Monwabisi beach splash festival in Cape Town. Around the city he has made countless performances in the clubs where he has built his name and earned respect and support of his name.
After three years since his first album, Lord Harmony has come back with a new full length album titled ‘BETTER MUST COME’ produced by Bongani Tulwana. With this project he has raised his standard, with his singing, song writing the art of dj-ying. The album is mainly roots-ragga with a range of songs speaking of love, social ills, and unity of people and glorifying the most high.
Lord Harmony’s vision is to be a force that can influence change using reggae music as a vehicle for the betterment of the people. Furthermore he sees himself as one of the next reggae artists to make it in South Africa and abroad. Most of all he would like to see reggae music getting more airplay and artists.