Catch Di Riddim - July 15

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

Friday, July 15, 2011

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Chezidek's Stand Still moves across the airwaves

Stand Still, the follow-up to Chezidek's most recent hit Secret Enemy, is a poignant tale about the daily struggles of ordinary people.

In a recent interview Chezidek outlined his reasons for tackling the issue of hardships that people face. "The daily struggle of people all around the world has been ignored by the respective leaders and it is about time that something is done about situations like this. In a nutshell the song is really saying that for poor people nothing happens. Everything is at a standstill for them. But at the same time they should stay strong despite the difficulties that they are experiencing because one day things will eventually get better," said Chezidek.

Known for hits such as Leave the Trees, Call Pon Dem, Inna Di Road, Sun and Rain and Herb Campaign, Chezidek recently acquired new management and is being represented by Sensitive Promotion.

The singer is presently on a European tour. A video for Stand Still is expected to be released shortly.

Producer Tony 'CD' Kelly finds another 'winner'

The Winners riddim is the latest project from prolific producer Tony 'CD' Kelly. The project features 13 songs with contributions from some of dancehall music's biggest names as well as some talented newcomers.

Kelly recently spoke about the idea behind the project. "The whole idea was about crafting winnings out of different situations. Whether it is picking yourself up and showing everyone that you're better than they think; or you winning your release out of a bad situation; or making it known that you are a fine individual and can win any partner you choose," Kelly explained.

"Choosing the artistes wasn't anything out of the ordinary really. I've been working closely with Shaggy, Malica, Wayne Anthony, Wayne Wonder, Mr Vegas and Notch for quite a while now, so they're automatic when it comes to my projects. I've always wanted to work with Ce'Cile. Spice has worked with my brother Dave so I know she is a good artiste. Esco, Liquid, Trever Off Key and Delly Ranks have a couple of good songs out, so I could see their potential."

The songs featured on the Winners rhythm include Neva You by Cecile, I'm a Winner by Delly Ranks, Big Up by Esco, She got a Walk by Liquid, On My Way by Malica, Not a Day by Mr Vegas, Chat by Notch, Can You Make Me by Shaggy and Cecile, Keep it All by Spice and Wayne Anthony, I Wanna Know by Spice, She Say by Trever Off Key, Good Life by Wayne Anthony, and Over All by Wayne Wonder.

Kelly has received numerous accolades during his prolific career. A Grammy-nominated producer, he has scored international hits with Sean Paul's Like Glue, TOK's Money to Burn, Sasha's Dat Sexy Body, and Anything Goes by Wayne Wonder, CNN and Capone.

Denno continues to reap success

Recording artiste Denno continues to reap success with his latest singles. His breakthrough hit Caan Stop Da Yute Yah, which has been released on iTunes, has made its way onto several charts.

Denno has been quite ecstatic about the recent turn of events in his career. "I have to give thanks for the way in which the public has responded to Caan Stop Da Yute Yah. We put a lot of work into this and I want to thank all of the radio jocks, sound system selectors and the media for their continued support," said Denno.

Love Me is a nice easy-going lovers rock tune, while Buck is a summer party tune. A video for both songs is scheduled to be shot this weekend.

Denno's recent performances include the VMBS One Less Savings Campaign launch in Portmore; the fund-raiser for Ninja Man at Jamworld; and the JCDC World Reggae Dance Championship.

Nando set to release debut album Yaad and Abroad

Singer Nando is confident that the release of his debut album Yaad and Abroad later this year will give him the recognition that he craves. The 14-track collection is said to comprise soothing lovers rock, culture and pop-infused dancehall offerings.

According to Nando: "We have ignored the hype and just focused on building great songs. As long as the market and media are tuned into playing the best quality music, then I am confident that Yaad and Abroad will be a massive success."

Born Hernando Griffiths, Nando is the son of legendary Jamaican jockey Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths. He has been steadily making a name for himself on the music scene with his brand of island pop and soul since the release of his EP, Look at All These Girls.

His other recordings include Say What You Wanna, Get Better and Rude.

Chart Updates

Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and Goon continues to hold off the competition on Billboard Hot 100 as it spends its second week on top.

Motivation by Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne bounces back into the number one spot on Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs chart.

Over on Billboard's Dance Music Club Play chart, I'm Into You by Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil Wayne is crowned the new number one.

Over in the UK, Beyonce's album 4 continues to reign at the top of the UK album chart. Meanwhile, over on the UK pop singles chart, Louder by DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans is number one.

VP Records' Reggae Gold 2011 compilation is still the number one disc on Billboard's Reggae album chart.

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