It’s in the eyes. One can feel the vibes instantaneously. There’s something about the look emanating from his spirit as he is considering his words that belies an ancient Rastafarian spirit, the soul essence of who Winston van Ewyk, aka Winstrong the Soul Rebel is.
Born October 12, 1971 in a Suriname River village, Winstrong came up in a family of musicians.
His mother, Augustina Rensch was a school teacher who always took the time to sing falsetto in circle with family and friends. It was Augustine who influenced Winstrong early, encouraging him to sing and perform in front of anyone and everyone since before he could walk.
“My moms was the first to tell me I had special talent. She used to tell everyone, “Dis kid has something…watch dis…and I’d come up with songs and performances for dem. That was such a blessing; she gave me something to live up to.”
He’s been singing ever since.Winstrong has performed with and is featured on compilations with some of the industry’s best; from Capleton, Sizzla, Prince Malachi, Tony Rebel and Black Uhuru’s Mikal Rose to Hip Hop Stars Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the bay area’s own Delinquents. Today’s genre-centered music industry prefers easy categories, however, with Winstrong’s roots based music, infused with dancehall and hip hop styles, he is able to clearly to defy those categories. Armed with his guitar, and strengthened by his lifetime study of Rastafari, Winstrong’s music is inspirational, and he is ready to lead the evolution of Reggae Music.