CHEZIDEK

Photo by Sista Irie

Chezidek started singing from an early age at school concerts, and was a member of St. Ann's Bay Marching Band. After finishing school he performed on sound systems in the area, as Chilla Rinch singing and DJing at various dance and talent shows. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Culture and others inspired him.

The soulful chanter always had a special love for positive cultural music and his African Roots, which lead him to Rastafari; his love for righteousness earned him the moniker Mel-Chezidek which he later drops the Mel and used only Chezidek.

He left St. Ann's Bay for Kingston where he linked up with producer Phillip "Fattis" Burrell from Xterminator Production, where he recorded his first album in the year 2002 entitled "Harvest Time" distributed by VP Records, with popular tracks such as "Can't hear must feel", "Breakfree" and title track "Harvest Time", which got a lot of airplay in Jamaica and Europe.

His first number one hit single "Leave De Trees" on the "Our Promotion" label, produced by his brethren Hugh Miller aka Bunny Dan; went on BBC top (10) Dancehall charts sending an environmental message. Since then he has performed on major events 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.

2005 saw the release of "Rising Sun".  This Xterminator production is available from VP Records.  In 2006, Al. Ta. Fa. An records released the crucial album "Mash Dem Down", which features combinations with Gentleman, Mark Wonder, Lutan Fyah and Prezident Grown.  Chezidek's set at SNWMF 2007 will be his very first performance in Northern California.

Chezidek Links:

The Music Of Chezidek - Track List

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