Chezidek

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Chezidek
Chezidek at Rockit Room, San Francisco.jpg
Chezidek performing in 2010
Background information
Birth name Desbert Johnson
Also known as Chezidek, Mel-Chezidek, Chilla Rinch
Born (1973-06-20) 20 June 1973 (age 41)
Origin St Ann's Bay/Parish, Jamaica
Genres Roots reggae
Occupations Singer
Years active 2000-present
Labels Cousins,
Greensleeves Records,
Massive B,
Our Promotion,
VP Records
Associated acts Gentleman
I Wayne
Judgement Yard
Lutan Fyah
Prezident Brown
Turbulence
Website chezidekmusic.com

Chezidek (born Desbert Johnson, 20 June 1973, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica) is a roots reggae singer.[1] He is known for his hit singles, "Call Pon Dem" (featured in GTA IV), "Can't Hear Must Feel", "Inna Di Road", and "Leave De Trees".

Biography[edit]

Chezidek started singing from an early age at school concerts, and was a member of St. Ann's Bay Marching Band.[2] After finishing school he performed on sound systems in the area, as Chilla Rinch, singing and DJing at various dance and talent shows.[3]

He left St. Ann's Bay for Kingston where he linked up with record producer Phillip "Fattis" Burrell from Xterminator Production.[3] He recorded his first album in 2002, entitled Harvest Time (distributed by VP Records), with popular tracks such as "Can't Hear Must Feel", "Breakfree" and the title track "Harvest Time".[2]

His first number one hit single "Leave De Trees" on the Our Promotion label,[4] produced by Hugh Miller (aka Bunny Dan) went on BBC Top 10 dancehall chart.[3] Since then he has performed on major events such as Magnum Sting, Teen Splash, Dancehall Jam Jam, Bob Marley Tribute, and Tribute to Peter Tosh, Rebel Salute and Western Consciousness. He was awarded best new artiste by the Jamaica Federation of Music and Affiliated Artiste (JFM) for Middlesex (County).[3]

Chezidek's album Inna Di Road was produced by Bobby "Massive B" Konders and distributed by Greensleeves Records in September 2007. "Call Pon Dem" from his album Inna Di Road is featured on the Massive B Sound system (station) in Grand Theft Auto 4, and it also appears on the Official GTA IV Soundtrack.

Discography[edit]

Harvest Time (album)

  • Released: 16 July 2002
  • Format: CD (Catalog VP2188.2), LP (Catalog VP2188.1)
  • Label: VP Records
  • Producer: Phillip "Fattis" Burell
  • Tracks: Eleven
  • Singles: "Breakfree", "Can't Hear Must Feel", "Harvest Time"

Rising Sun (album)

  • Released: 29 March 2005
  • Format: CD (Catalog VP2259.2), LP (Catalog VP2259.1)
  • Label: VP Records
  • Producer: Phillip "Fattis" Burell
  • Tracks: Fourteen
  • Singles: "Inna Love"

Mash Dem Down (album)

  • Released: 18 August 2006
  • Format: CD (Catalog ALTA002.2), 2-LP Set (Catalog ALTA002.1)
  • Label: Al.Ta.Fa.An
  • Producer: Soljie Hamilton
  • Tracks: Fourteen
  • Singles: "Mash Dem Down"

Firm Up Yourself (album)

  • Released: 5 June 2007
  • Format: CD (Catalog COUD0006.2), LP (Catalog COUD0006.1)
  • Label: Cousins Records
  • Tracks: Fourteen

Inna Di Road (album)

  • Released: 11 September 2007
  • Format: CD (Catalog GREL300.2), LP (Catalog GREL300.1)
  • Label: Greensleeves Records
  • Producer: Bobby "Massive B" Konders
  • Tracks: Fourteen
  • Bonus tracks: Two (Music Videos - "Inna Di Road", "Call Pon Dem") on (enhanced) CD
  • Singles: "Call Pon Dem", "Inna Di Road", "Leave The Trees", "Mi Nah Run"

Judgement Time (album)

  • Released: 4 June 2010
  • Label: Heartbeat Europ (SunnyMoon)
  • Tracks: Seventeen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chezidek Biography". United Reggae Online Reggae Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Fiche Artiste: Chezidek Biography". Reggae France. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Chezidek Biography". Chezidek.com. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Tunes on the Our Promotion Label". RiddimBase.org/Dancehallmusic.de. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 

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