Having had their genesis in a shared desire as young black men to create a better reality for future generations, Pentateuch Movement – like the first five books of the Bible – hinges on a foundation that informs their journey. That foundation is one of unity and brotherhood, which translates from their daily way of life to the stage.
Lead singer Kevor ‘Var’ Williams and drummer Brady ‘Jah Bradez’ Robinson know they stand on the shoulders of roots rock reggae artistes before them, so they combine their unique personalities to deliver their message of togetherness through soulful music.
Pentateuch Movement, which now has two members after starting out with five in 2008, are supported by a nucleus of friends who all met while studying music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
As young black men, they knew then that a cohesive voice was necessary to promote African consciousness and unity among people, and they chose to deliver that message as well as live it.
Having gained respect from veterans in the music industry, both locally and internationally, they pride themselves on producing and delivering organic music which promotes African consciousness among people of the world.
This has landed them performances on stages in Europe, at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival; in California, at Rebel Salute, as well as more recently at Chronixx’s Captureland Tour.
Watching Pentateuch Movement perform has been likened to a spiritual experience that encourages soul-to-soul connection.
Beyond their melodious sound and rhythmically soothing vibe, Pentateuch Movement manages to speak directly to you, forcing you to be honest with your true self. So, from their 2012 hit single ‘Black Face’ to their complete debut album ‘Genesis’, Pentateuch Movement’s journey continues. It led them to do an acoustic version of their debut album in 2015 and they are now working on their second album. ‘Crime’, the first single from their upcoming album ‘Chapter XVIII’. It is a message to the leaders. The message: Being poor is the biggest crime.
Pentateuch Movement explores how the system forces some people to commit crimes in order to fulfil their basic needs.
The reality: If some people are not strong enough, they will fall on the sword that is already set for them by the system.
Kino Newby has been a part of the music industry for over 10 years. Hailing from the hilly parts of Clarendon, Kino came to Kingston with a purpose. He attended the Edna manly college of the visual and performing arts for several years. During this time some very important bonds had been created which now stands as the foundation for the Pentateuch Movement. Kino, Var and Brady, have known each other for many years before the Pentateuch Movement was founded, so finding members to create such a dynamically cultured band was not hard. Kino has been a part of the Pentateuch Movement for over a year. They are currently working on their second full studio album ‘Chapter XVIII’. They have also been out on the road doing festivals in the US. Pentateuch’s aim is to be heard and educate the masses on their culture and blackness.
Garth ‘Duckie’ Forester is a guitarist. He has been a part of this Movement since the year 2009. Since then, he has played guitar on all projects released to date and performed backing vocals on a few. “It is always good to come together and create music in the studio within the Pentateuch Movement as freedom of expression and creativity is always welcome. It is always a joy to produce positive and uplifting music whether it be in the form of a live performance or being apart of the creative process in the studio.”
Thirty two years old Kevon Webster has been playing music for about twenty years. Kevon attended Edna Manley, a graduate of the class of 2004. He has worked with most Jamaicans and quite a few international acts, playing keyboards for production and live sets. He has also ventured into music production. He started working with Pentateuch because of a real friendship with its core members and his appreciation for the type of music and message they represent.