Challenger presses on

Friday, January 18, 2019

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After a 15-year stint as lead singer with the Caribbean band, Royalty, Challenger forging his path as a solo career.

The Dominican-born artiste made his debut in Jamaica a few weeks ago, at GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza stage show.

“A different sun, a different breeze. Jamaica is definitely a piece of paradise. It was my first visit and it felt like I have been there before. I felt like my presence was needed on the island, so I could transform into this great reggae artiste; a legend like the greats that did it and those that are still doing it. My trip to Jamaica was full of vibes, power and love,” Challenger told the Jamaica Observer.

He spoke about his experience on the the 18-year-old Christmas Day stage show in St Elizabeth.

“I worked the stage with the Ruff Kutt band, it doesn't get better than that. I had a good time on the stage, giving the patrons positive music, music of healing and love. My mission was to spread positivity and I believe the messages were received.”

He continued: “My music is full of vibes, spirituality and culture. I am bringing the messages of love, a zero tolerance for violence and justice for the poor. For me, residing in the tristate area it's like a taste of the Caribbean. Where it's like a collage of culture, but reggae music is the tool that keeps our people awake. A cry for unity, strength, positivity and enlightenment.”

It has been three years since Challenger (real name Floyd Challenger) decided to go solo.

While Otis Riddim has produced most of his material, Challenger has also worked with producers, including Izrah Music, SDRG Productions, Obanga Productions and House of Riddims.

His latest single, Nah Bodda with Dem, is currently creating ripples in the streets.

Nah Bodda with Dem is a dancehall song and a positive anthem. There is need for an anti-violence song with that hardcore dancehall feel to it. It is a message for the youths that they don't need to be part of a gang or clique to be cool,” Challenger added.

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