Gyptian

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This article is about the Jamaican reggae singer. For the fictional characters from the His Dark Materials trilogy, see Gyptians.
Gyptian
Birth name Windel Beneto Edwards
Born (1983-10-25) 25 October 1983 (age 30)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, Roots reggae, Lovers rock, Dancehall
Occupations Singer
Years active 2003–present
Labels VP Records
Website www.vprecords.com/gyptian

Windel Beneto Edwards (born 25 October 1983), better known by his stage name Gyptian, is a Jamaican reggae singer. He often appears with roots reggae songs within the reggae subgenre dancehall.

Gyptian's best known hits include "Hold Yuh", "Nah Let Go", "Wine Slow", "Serious Times", "Mama", "Beautiful Lady", "I Can Feel Your Pain", "Love Against The Wall" and "She's My Lady".

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born to a Seventh-day Adventist mother and Rastafarian father, Edwards received his musical calling at the age of seven, when he began singing in the church. Recognizing his talent, his parents introduced him to Mr. Wong, a record producer from Portmore, St. Catherine. "I did not take it seriously," said Edwards "My family members have always been carrying me to Portmore to see him, but I usually disappear. One day, they dropped me off at his studio and left me and it all began there."[citation needed]

Career beginnings[edit]

Under the guidance of Mr. Wong and Earl Chinna Smith, Gyptian honed his sound, winning the 2004 Star Search talent competition at Kens Wild Flower Lounge in Portmore, earning him a spot at Sting 2004, dubbed the 'greatest one night reggae show on earth'.

The singer earned his nickname from his habit of tying a shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptian pharaoh.[citation needed] In 2005, he scored two hits, "Is There A Place" on the Seasons Riddim and "Serious Times".

Nominated for Best New Entertainer at the 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards, the singer has been dominating the Jamaician charts with hits including "Is There a Place", "Beautiful Lady", and the chart-topping ballad, "Mama, Don't Cry".

On 12 September 2004, Gyptian released his first album on VP Records. On 12 December 2007, Gyptian, while in New York City, shot the music video, directed by Rhona Fox, for his new single, "I Can Feel Your Pain" (Cloud Nine Riddim) Produced by Jon FX. The song was the first to be confirmed to appear on his album I Can Feel Your Pain, which was released in 2008.

2010 and crossover success[edit]

As of the end of May 2010, his single "Hold Yuh" had peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 33 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, number 6[1] on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart and had been at the top of the Reggae Digital Songs chart for nine consecutive weeks.[2]

In June, the song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually reached a new peak of 77 on that chart, number 3 on the Heatseekers Songs chart, 31 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, 63 on the Radio Songs chart and an astonishing peak of 28 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40, capitalising it crossover success. The song also peaked at number 1 on the Dancehall/Reggae fusion Charts of the Jamaica Weekly Music Charts for two consecutive weeks.[3] In Canada it peaked at No. 69 on the Canadian Hot 100.[4] The official remix for the song features rapper Nicki Minaj.[5] It spent 29 weeks on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

Gyptian had further chart success with his album Hold Yuh, which reached number 2 on Billboard's Reggae Albums Chart. The title track, "Hold Yuh", became a multi-chart hit worldwide. According to Billboard magazine, "not since Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go" has an underground reggae artist garnered as much attention in the United States as Jamaica's own Gyptian."

The song also became popular in the UK, and was released there on 7 November by Ministry of Sound Recordings, in an EP which will include remixes by Shy FX, Major Lazer and Toddla T.

In October 2012 he released the SLR EP, which included three tracks from his forthcoming Sex, Love & Reggae album.[6] Sex, Love & Reggae was released in October 2013 and entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number one.[7]

Artistry[edit]

His style of reggae music is considered lovers rock and roots reggae, with songs about political issues and love.[citation needed] His musical and lyrical style has been compared to established Jamaican artists, such as Sizzla, Luciano and Beres Hammond.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Gyptian is currently single and is living in Jamaica. On 8 June 2010, he crashed his motorbike and sustained minor head and shoulder injuries.[8]

He is Rastafarian, and this is supported by lyrics in some of his songs, including "Leave Us Alone", chants about Selassie I are heard.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[9]
US R&B
[9]
US Heat
[9]
US Reggae
[9]
2006 My Name Is Gyptian 13
2008 I Can Feel Your Pain 4
2010 Hold You 186 34 6 2
2013 Sex, Love & Reggae 1

EPs[edit]

  • SLR (2012), VP

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL
(FL)
CAN
[9]
FRA
[10]
UK US
[9]
US R&B
[9]
2010 "Hold You" 31 69 45 16 77 31
  • US: Gold
  • UK: Silver
Hold You
2011 "Nah Let Go"

Featured singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heatseekers Songs. Billboard.com (5 June 2010). Retrieved on 24 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Usher's 'OMG' Stands Pat Atop Hot 100, Miley Tames Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Reggae Vibes presents Jamaica's Weekly Music Countdown Charts. Reggae-vibes.com (19 November 2010). Retrieved on 24 November 2010.
  4. ^ Canada Singles Top 100 – Music Charts. Acharts.us. Retrieved on 24 November 2010.
  5. ^ Broadcast Yourself. YouTube. Retrieved on 24 November 2010.
  6. ^ Campbell, Howard (2012) "Gyptian: Ready to go", Jamaica Observer, 26 October 2012, retrieved 27 October 2012
  7. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2013) "Gyptian tops Billboard chart on his debut", Jamaica Observer, 8 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013
  8. ^ Entertainment :: Gyptian in bike crash – Singer sustains cuts, bruises :: June 8, 2010. The Jamaica Star (8 June 2010). Retrieved on 24 November 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Billboard Charts > Gyptian". Billboard.com. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discographie Gyptian". lescharts.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gyptian – Destiny (official Music Video)". Jamaicansmusic.com. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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