Runs in the Family

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Family artistry can be transmitted genetically, some believe; just ask JD Donzo and his kinfolk Switch Kabbah. It is rare to see Liberian families with music as the common denominator still having time for family reunions and dinners. One family does that, proving that music runs in their blood, naturally.

Meet Alvin Akoi Kabbah, also known as Switch, JD Donzo’s cousin. He came into the music scene more than a decade ago, the boom-bap in the background while Donzo ‘kick it.’ Today, he sings and raps alongside his brethren; the two have become a notable pair in the USA.

Since Donzo left Liberia for the Liberian Music Awards in 2014, the two ‘brothers’ have done hundreds of shows, performed at functions and concerts all under the name of brotherly love.

“My mom and dad were musically involved, my father being on the reggae music scene in Liberia,” said Switch Kabbah.

Switch is known for hits like “Shake it for me” featuring Donzo, “My mother” featuring Eazy and Zig Zag and “Togar Cogar” a song that plays at every wedding reception and function across the Liberian community in America.

Meanwhile, Switch is expected in Liberia next week to get a taste of what he’s been missing since he left here over 15 years ago. He also wants to establish the same foundation Donzo instituted before going abroad.

“It’s better to go back where you started from and also to re-carve with all the artists and to create something great beyond expectations, something that will inspire other artists around the world. I love music; I respect music and fear it as well. I don’t sing just for the joy of it, but because it makes a difference and changes lives for other people who are going through something,” he added.

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