Steven "Lenky" Marsden

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Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Also known as Lenky
Origin Jamaica
Genres Dancehall reggae
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter
Instruments Percussion, synthesizer, keyboards, sampler
Years active 1998 – present
Associated acts Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul, Lumidee

Steven "Lenky" Marsden is a Jamaican-born music producer and musician who specializes primarily in dancehall reggae music. He also arranges and remixes pop and hip hop songs. Marsden is the founder of the Jamaica-based label, 40/40 Records and was a former member of singjay Buju Banton's band.[1]

He is best known for his dancehall riddim Diwali,[2] which had three songs that reached the number one, two, and eleven spots on the Billboard charts featuring the artist Sean Paul, Lumidee (a slightly altered version eventually credited to Marsden), and Wayne Wonder respectively. He also produced the Masterpiece riddim that became a hit because of Sean Paul's song "Ever Blazing." He is a satellite member of Sly and Robbie's Taxi Label.

Marsden was awarded the 2004 ASCAP songwriter of the year.[3] He was recognized for "Never Leave You," "No Letting Go," and "Get Busy" which also won for song of the year.[4]

Partial discography[edit]

  • 1998 Heads Roll riddim [5]
  • 1999 Keep On Running riddim [6]
  • 2002 Diwali Riddim/XM 24 [7]
  • 2003 Time Travel Riddim [8]


  1. ^ Jackson, Kevin (23 May 2003). "'Lenky', Buju... no longer friends? Hot producer breaks away for solo projects". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2 November 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Caramanica, Joe (13 December 2002). "The Riddim Method". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 November 2002. 
  3. ^ "Steven "Lenky" Marsden was recognised as songwriter of the year as Ascap staged its 24th annual awards show recognising PRS members in London last Wednesday". Music Week. Goliath. 23 October 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "British writers and publishers honored at ASCAP/PRS awards in London". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2 June 2002). "Nineteen Songs With a Single Beat". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 19 September 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (25 May 2003). "PLAYLIST; Mississippi: The Album Postal Service: The Video Time Travel: The Beat". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 

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