Spotlight on Legendary DJs: Bobby Kondors and Jabba

In the world of reggae and dancehall music, certain names stand out for their unparalleled contributions and undeniable talent. Bobby Kondors and Jabba are two such names that have left an indelible mark on the genre. Known for their unique styles, dynamic energy, and dedication to the craft, these DJs have not only entertained audiences worldwide but also played a crucial role in shaping the sound and culture of reggae and dancehall. Let’s delve into the journey and achievements of these legendary DJs.

Bobby Kondors: The Maestro of Dancehall

Bobby Kondors is a name synonymous with dancehall excellence. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kondors was immersed in the rich musical heritage of his Jamaican roots from a young age. His passion for music led him to become one of the most respected DJs and producers in the industry.

Kondors’ career took off in the late 1980s when he began spinning records at local parties and clubs. His keen ear for talent and innovative approach to mixing quickly earned him a reputation as a top-notch DJ. In the early 1990s, Kondors co-founded the iconic Massive B sound system, which became a cornerstone of the dancehall scene. Through Massive B, Kondors produced and promoted some of the biggest hits in reggae and dancehall, working with artists like Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, and Shabba Ranks.

What sets Bobby Kondors apart is his ability to blend traditional reggae rhythms with modern beats, creating a sound that appeals to both old-school fans and new listeners. His dedication to the genre extends beyond just music production; Kondors has been a mentor to many young artists, helping them navigate the complexities of the music industry.

Jabba: The Voice of the Streets

Jabba, born Steven Beckford, is another influential figure in the reggae and dancehall world. Known for his charismatic personality and powerful voice, Jabba has been a driving force in promoting reggae music across the globe. His journey began in the early 1990s when he teamed up with Bobby Kondors to form the Massive B sound system.

Jabba’s distinct voice and energetic stage presence made him a favorite among dancehall fans. He became a household name through his work as a radio host on Hot 97, where he introduced countless listeners to the vibrant sounds of reggae and dancehall. His show became a platform for emerging artists to showcase their talent and for established stars to connect with their audience.

One of Jabba’s most significant contributions to the genre is the annual “Best of the Best” concert in Miami, which he co-founded. This event has become one of the premier reggae and dancehall festivals in the United States, attracting fans from all over the world. Jabba’s ability to bring together top-tier talent and create a memorable experience for attendees has solidified his status as a key influencer in the music industry.

A Lasting Legacy

Together, Bobby Kondors and Jabba have helped shape the reggae and dancehall landscape in profound ways. Their contributions extend beyond just the music; they have fostered a community that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of reggae while pushing the boundaries of the genre. Through their work with Massive B, their radio shows, and live events, they have ensured that reggae and dancehall remain vibrant and relevant in an ever-changing musical landscape.

As we look to the future, the legacy of Bobby Kondors and Jabba serves as an inspiration to aspiring DJs and producers. Their passion, innovation, and commitment to the music they love continue to resonate with fans around the world. For anyone looking to understand the heart and soul of reggae and dancehall, the stories of Bobby Kondors and Jabba are essential chapters in the genre’s history.

In a world where music constantly evolves, the contributions of these legendary DJs remind us of the enduring power of reggae and dancehall to bring people together and create unforgettable moments. Bobby Kondors and Jabba are not just DJs; they are custodians of a cultural movement that continues to inspire and uplift generations.


Catch Bobby Konders & Jabba on the following Rise Up NYC Dates

August 9th Brooklyn
August 20th Bronx
August 24th Queens