Admiral T

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Admiral T
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Concert of Admiral T in Paris
Background information
Birth name Christy Campbell
Also known as Admiral T
Born (1981-03-29) 29 March 1981 (age 37)
Origin France (Guadeloupe)
Genres Reggae, dancehall
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, DJ, Actor, Designer, Fashion design, Record producer
Years active 1993–present
Labels Universal Music Group (AZ)
Don S Music Entertainment
Mozaik Kreyol (MK)
Associated acts Karukera Sound System • Wyclef JeanRohffKassav'Diam'sT.O.K. • Nèg'Marrons • Wyckyd J • Bost & Bim
Website Official site of Admiral T

Admiral T, whose real name is Christy Campbell, is a French singer of reggae-dancehall music. Besides Francky Vincent, he is one of the most popular and successful Guadeloupean singers. He is also a designer and the creator of the clothing trademark WOK LINE.

Biography[edit]

Born in 1981 on the French island of Guadeloupe, he was one of two children. He also has roots in the nearby island of Dominica.[1] At the age of 6, he joined the dancehall group Karukera Sound System; he left the group in 1992 to start a solo career; releasing his first album Mozaïk Kréyòl. During the sneak preview of Sean Paul at Bercy Stadium in 2004, Admiral T outperformed himself and drew much attention.[2] Universal Music Group's delegates who attended this concert decided to sign Admiral T and re-released his album on Universal Records, featuring artists like Wyclef Jean or French rapper Rohff. Admiral T's album became a hit throughout the West Indies, France and Europe.

In 2005, Admiral T starred in Guadeloupean director Jean-Claude Barny's film Nèg Maron. The following year, he released his second album, Toucher L'Horizon, which also gained popular and commercial success and got awarded a Césaire of Music Award in October 2006. Admiral T spent much of 2007 in France, London and the Caribbean on his "Fòs A Péyi La" Tour (from his title song duet with Kassav'). Admiral T also won a Skyrock Music Award in December 2007 and a Virgin music Award in February 2008. He launched his own clothing line WOK LINE and made a new tour in Africa during 2008. The following year, Admiral T performed in Germany at Summerjam, Europe's biggest reggae festival and at Dominica's World Creole Music Festival. On 19 April 2010, he released his 3rd album : Instinct Admiral, comprising featurings of Machel Montano, Busy Signal, La Fouine, Médine, Young Chang MC, Lieutenant, Patrick Saint-Éloi, Fanny J and Awa Imani. Besides his solo career, Admiral T is also the producer of the newcomer reggae-dancehall singer Wyckyd J.

In 2014, he sang On n'oublie pas (written by Serge Bilé) with several artists and personalities including Alpha Blondy, Jocelyne Béroard and Harry Roselmack. This song is a tribute to the 152 victims Martinique of the crash of 16 August 2005, to remember this event and to help the AVCA, the association of the victims of the air disaster, to raise funds. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell has been married to wife and manager Jessica since 2005. They have 3 children: twins Dylan and Lewis and daughter Chealsy. They met at age 20 and wed 4 years later. They have launched a streetwear clothing line. [4]

Nèg Maron[edit]

In the 2005 film, Admiral T plays one of two Guadeloupean residents of an urban slum who survive off of illicit activities. [5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Admiral T in Stade de France
Admiral T Nuit Créole
Year Album Peak chart positions
FRA
[6]
2003 Mosaik Kreyol 30
2006 Toucher l'horizon 9
2010 Instinct Admiral 15
2012 Face B 36
2014 I Am Christy Campbell 81

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[6]
SUI
2002 "Gwadada" - -
2004 "Dancehall X-Plosion"
(feat. Pearl)
56 -
2006 "Les mains en l'air"
(feat. Diam's)
29 76
2007 "Fos a péyi la"
(feat. Kassav')
- -
2010 "Viser la victoire"
(feat. La Fouine and Médine)
- -
Featured in
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[6]
2012 "Ma reine"
(Axel Tony feat. Admiral T)
76
2012 "Meet me"
(NUZ feat. Admiral T)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Mek It Happen (2002)
  • Killa Session (2002)
  • Ti Moun Ghetto (2004)
  • Determiné Dèpi Piti (2005)
  • Flagada Smokey (2006)
  • Dancehall Festival (2006)
  • Good To Mixx vol.2 (2006)
  • The Big Champion (2006)
  • Reyel Champion Soti Gwada (2007)
  • Ti Moun Ghetto 2 (2007)
  • The King Of The Dancefloor (2007)

Compilations[edit]

  • Ragga Kolor (2002)
  • Dancehall Clash (2002)
  • Ragga Dancehall N°1 (2003)
  • Groovin Attitude (2004)
  • Ragga Masters (2004)
  • Génération Rap RnB vol. 2 (2004)
  • Exclusif Admiral T (2005)
  • Ninety Seven K-Ribbean (2005)
  • Unis-Sons (2005)
  • Reggae Bashement (2006)
  • Total Reggaeton 2 (2006)
  • Generation Dancehall (2007)
  • Rap & R'n'B Non Stop (2007)
  • Coupé Décalé Mania (2007)
  • BexXx Cluzif (2008)
  • Too Much Gangsta (2008)
  • Good Times (2008)
  • Mesrine (2008)
  • Don's Collector Saison 3 (2008)
  • Soprano Riddim (2008) (produced by Bost & Bim)

Contributions[edit]

  • 1848 of Karukera Sound System (1998)
  • Special Request of Karukera Sound System (2000)
  • Welcome to Haiti of Wyclef Jean (2004)
  • La Fierté Des Notres of Rohff (2004)
  • Caribbean Sessions of Karukera Sound System (2005)
  • Ma vision of Saël (2005)
  • Émancipé of Vibe (2005)
  • Dans Tes Rêves of Disiz La Peste (2005)
  • Ah Shwe Bah of Dr. Lefty (2005)
  • Soné Ka-La of Jacques Schwarz-Bart (2006)
  • Face A La Réalité of Saik (2007)
  • Les Liens Sacrés of Nèg'Marrons (2008)
  • In Transit of Ziggi (2008)

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

  • Nèg Maron of Jean-Claude Flamand Barny (2005)
  • Le Mur du Silence of Jean-Claude Flamand Barny (2009)
  • Retour au pays of Julien Dalle (2010)

Concerts[edit]

  • Le Grand Méchant Zouk (2006)
  • Fos a Péyi La Tour (2007)

Reportages[edit]

  • Mozaïk Kréyòl (2004)
  • Toucher L'Horizon (2006)
  • Dancehall Story (2008)

Clips[edit]

  • Rapide (1998)
  • Pas Comme Les Autres, featuring Saël (2000)
  • Rendez-Vous, featuring Curtis (2000)
  • Youth Attack, featuring Curtis (2001)
  • So Strong, Savage Riddim (2002)
  • Otantik, Hum Riddim (2002)
  • Le Bien Et Le Mal, featuring Tiwony & Curtis (2002)
  • Gwadada (2002)
  • Lov', featuring Little Espion (2003)
  • Rèv An Mwen (2003)
  • Move Together, featuring Square One (2003)
  • Dancehall X-Plosion, featuring Pearl (2004)
  • Ok, featuring Saik (2004)
  • Mets Nous A L'Aise, featuring Saël (2005)
  • Lanmou Épi Respè (2006)
  • Fos A Péyi La, featuring Kassav' (2006)
  • Les Mains En L'Air, featuring Diam's (2006)
  • Ti Moun Ghetto (2007)
  • Pé La, featuring Jacques Schwarz-Bart (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Horn, David (2017-10-05). Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume 11: Genres: Europe. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 630. ISBN 9781501326103. 
  2. ^ Interview of Admiral T (traduction), 3 December 1982
  3. ^ "Crash du 16 août : « On n'oublie pas »" [Crash of August 16: "We don't forget"] (in French). Martinique France-Antilles. 
  4. ^ "Admiral T et Jessica Campell : 12 ans de mariage et plus complices que jamais ! | People Bo Kay". People Bo Kay | Le webzine de chez nous ! (in French). Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
  5. ^ Bonilla, Yarimar (2015-10-06). Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226283951. 
  6. ^ a b c LesCharts.com Admiral T discography

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