“DETERMINE to make it to the top” that is the decision of Rohan Alexander Bennett, when he left his home town of Annotto Bay, St. Mary to start his musical career in Kingston, Jamaica. Born in 1972 under the sign of Pisces, Determine is the product of a strong, supportive and close-knit family.
Alongside the top ranking dancehall deejay Beenie Man, Determine scored his biggest hit to date with “Kette Drum”, a duet that has topped Reggae charts in Jamaica, the U.S., Canada and Europe, and has been hailed as one of the hottest dancehall hits of 1995. Originally intended as a solo effort, Beenie Man was so impressed with the Bobby “Digital” Dixon produced riddim that he invited Determine to record it as a combination tune. It not only affirmed the revival of Nyabinghi drumming on record but the huge success of the riddim led to some notable answer versions from artists like Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks & Cocoa Tea and Garnett Silk.
Determine reinforced his high profile as he continued to record some notable and successful tunes. As a part of the trend of reviving Bob Marley riddims in the Dancehall he voiced “Live Wire” across the wicked “Heathen” riddim for Ocho Rios-based producer Barry O’Hare and his XRated Crew, for whom he also recorded the songs “Time Like This” and “Who”, the latter delivered across the “Drum Song” riddim. “If A Nevah Jah”, followed and created a positive impact, thus spreading his name and fame further.
Determine founded his own label “Zulu Productions”, on which he released “More And More” – which went to a number one position in Canada – and “Hands In The Air”, a number one tune in Bermuda. He has toured the globe and world over with performances in France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland, Canada, England and more!
Determine’s serious countenance and socially conscious lyrics cannot mask the humor that shines through his stage antics during every performance and makes him one of the Dance-hall’s truly great entertainers.