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Dancehall music, a child of reggae, is known for its fierce and uncompromising lyrics. However, with the release of his EP set for January 8th, fast-rising reggae star Chucky D is trying to put a change to that.
Brooklyn, New York (PRWEB) January 05, 2013
Recently the great reggae crooner Beres Hammond told the Jamaican Observer that reggae dancehall needs to find a brighter place, a friendlier place. “Wi always sound like wi quarrelling, it’s as if these artists don’t have any bright days,” said Beres Hammond.
A young fast-rising reggae star seems to have been listening to the elder Hammond’s advice. The artist’s name is Chucky D and for the New Year 2013, he has been blazing a trail of friendly music. When asked about his approach to the music, Chucky D responded, “I just want to make good music for people to dance to, especially the ladies.” He seems to be true to his words as his song "Wine Fast Wine Slow" has gained the top spot on the Jamaican music charts for the start of the New Year. The song will be available on Chucky D's new EP set for release on Itunes and Amazon on Janaury 8th.
Whether other artists will take the advice of the veteran Beres Hammond and follow in the footsteps of rising star Chucky D remains to be seen. What is for sure, however, is that the music cannot continue down its current path. According to Soundscan, in 2012, no reggae dancehall artist had any real impact in terms of sales. If Beres Hammond is correct and it is the angry nature of the music that is turning people off, then reggae dancehall artists need to make toning down of their lyrics a priority.
Beres Hammond is currently on tour promoting his “One Life, One Love” album in the United States. Chucky D currently has two songs on the Jamaican charts; "Money man a look" is in the top 20, while "Wine fast wine slow" holds the top position.
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