From Manchester, Jamaica to Dortmund, Germany, Keith ‘Roughhouse’ Powell has emerged as a dynamic, multi-talented performer in the music industry. His father, Keith Powell Snr, played guitar for reggae legends Dennis Brown and with Lloyd Parks & We The People Band, and hence the young Powell was born into music. His first instrument was the bass, which his father taught him and over the years he learned on his own to mastery level, the percussions, and the guitar.
In 1997 Roughhouse journeyed to Germany on vacation, where he met Sierra Leonean-German singer-songwriter, Patrice. Settling in the city of Dortmund, Roughhouse through the collaboration with Patrice had an opportunity to work with other musicians, forming and leading the bands ‘Rhaatid’ and ‘Tsunami’ and also producing music with recording artists from Germany like D-Flame (“Unaufhaltsam“, 2003), Uwe Banton (“Jah Roots“, 2006), Nosliw (“Mittendrin“, 2007), Gentleman (“Another Intensity“, 2007), Samy Deluxe (“TNT, 2008 / “Dis wo ich herkomm“, 2009 / “Bis die Sonne rauskommt“, 2009 / “Dis wo ich herkomm LIVE“, 2010 / “Schwarzweiss“, 2011), Max Herre (“Max Herre“, 2009), Die Fantastischen Vier (“Vier“, 2009).
Roughhouse provides musical support for touring Jamaican Acts in Europe such as Tarrus Riley, Junior Kelly, Ken Boothe, and President Brown. As musical director touring with Jamaican artist, Andru Donalds the Golden Voice of Enigma, Roughhouse is afforded the experience of performing worldwide at many different venues, and festivals like Summer Jam, Chiemsee Reggae, Splash Hip-Hop-Festival, Rock am Ring, Rock Am Park, and many more famous events in Europe and Russia.
Roughhouse has released 4 albums: 2006 “My Intention “with 18 tracks, showcasing his versatility of style and subject matter, “Love Divine” in 2012, an acoustic album “Take a Look” released in 2015 and “Peace & Inspiration” in 2020 . Always the entrepreneur, Roughhouse became co-CEO of the independent record label “MPerium Records” in 2013, under which he and the founder Michael Peukert aka“MicRoyal” produced and released hip-hop/rap, reggae, acoustic, and pop music genres. Ever true to the words ‘Our Past, Present and Future are all happening at once’ Roughhouse lives in each moment. This freedom allows his charismatic, creative, and artistic abilities to always be his drivers for success.