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Nando lights a torch for team Jamaica

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By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer

Friday, August 03, 2012    

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Singer Nando Griffiths' latest song, Light the Torch, is a tribute to the Jamaican Olympic team. Since its official release last month, it has enjoyed regular rotation on Jamaican radio and in the tri-state area.

According to Nando, he wrote Light the Torch to encourage fans to join his Team One Jam in support of the Jamaican athletes in London for the Olympic Games.

The artiste has two other singles in circulation. They are the reggae ballad My Everything and the dance track, Ride All Night. Nando, who is the son of former Jamaica champion jockey Winston Griffiths, is set to release his debut album Yaad and Abroad this summer.

Darrio creates waves with School Fee and Gal Siddung

Deejay Darrio, one of the charges out of the Subkonshus stable, has been doing well with two new recordings, School Fee and Gal Siddung.

He collaborates with Konshens on Gal Siddung which is featured on the Washroom Entertainment label's popular Poolside rhythm, while School Fee is done on the beat of the same name.

Darrio, who is originally from Trelawny, is pleased with the turn his career has taken.

"It has been progressing over the past year and it looks good. I have been performing all over the world and I'm getting a good vibe here in Jamaica. I can't complain," he said.

Some of his other recent recordings have been Shake it featuring Voice Mail and Bold and Daring for Dimmie Jo Music. His recent performances include the Grace Kennedy Family Fun Day in Portmore, Spanish Town Jamboree, Manchester Fiesta, Mobay Jerk Festival, the St Croix Music Festival and Reggae Sumfest, which he appeared on Dancehall Night.

Keyz plays the right tune

Deejay/producer Keyz honed his musical chops as a member of a duo called Cashbook Clique which emerged in 2008 with the songs Street Dreaming, Rise and Can't Tell Her.

The music video for Street Dreaming was well-received and helped introduce the group to dancehall fans beyond their home parish, Portland.

Despite enjoying a good run, the group broke up and Keyz placed music on the backburner and focused on his corporate job. Unable to shake the music bug, he decided recently to jump back into the game.

"As an artiste, I know have a lot to give to the music biz, I am a very creative writer, my rhymes are tight and my flow is sick. After being away from the business for a while, I am ready to play my part again," he said. "I know have the ability to make it all the way to the top."

The first song he plans to release is Leave Me Alone which features C Sharp lead singer Chevaughn. It was written, arranged and produced by Keyz.

The rhythm track for Leave Me Alone was created by Michael Fairman, aka Ashkelle, who has done beats for Vybz Kartel and Mavado.

RDX rides high with Jump

Dancehall duo RDX is riding high with its latest hit song, Jump. Known for hits such as Everybody Dance, Bend Over and Slap Weh, RDX is preparing for its annual Summa Slap Weh Tour of Europe.

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