Sizzla ou Sizzla Kalonji ou Miguel Orlando Collins (né le 17 avril 1976, Annotto Bay, Jamaïque) est un artiste jamaïcain.
Il a grandi dans la communauté très fermée d’August Town à Kingston. Issu de parents très dévots, Sizzla baigne dès son plus jeune âge dans la religion, il rejoint les rangs des Bobo Ashanti dans le milieu des années 1990.
Artiste très prolifique, il a sorti à ce jour plus de cinquante albums sous son nom, et une quinzaine d’albums partagés avec d’autres artistes.
Il est également controversé pour certains de ses textes homophobes ou slackness.
Sizzla provient de sizzle qui représente l’essence de quelque chose en train de brûler et Kalonjisignifie « victorieux »
Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla (born Miguel Orlando Collins, 17 April 1976) is a reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2014 he has released over 70 solo albums.
Kalonji witnessed a dancehall explosion, and with the music came the lifestyle: drugs, guns, and « slackness » (vulgarity). Formally adopting the Rastafari faith, with its advocacy of repatriation to Africa and its use of cannabis, he joined the ranks of the Bobo Shanti in the mid-1990s.
Sizzla began to develop his own style whilst serving his musical apprenticeship with the Caveman Hi-Fi sound system. He has used his music as a vehicle for his message, kickstarting his recording career in 1995 with a release through the Zagalou label, he then teamed up with « Bobby Digital » Dixon for a series of singles. Extensive touring with fellow roots and culture artist Luciano followed, earning Sizzla notability.
Homer Harris, the same man who named and mentored Buju Banton got him his first break, introduced Sizzla to top Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser, the musical director for Philip « Fattis » Burrell’s Xterminator Family. 1995 marked an important turning point for Sizzla when he began working with Fattis. This union led to a run of successful singles and the release of Sizzla’s debut album, Burning Up.
The two allied again a year later with the follow-up, Praise Ye Jah (JetStar). Praise Ye Jah was quickly trumped by his release of the Dixon-producedBlack Woman & Child that same year. The title track was a smash hit and became something of a cultural reggae anthem. Sizzla scored several more hits during 1997, including « Like Mountain, » « Babylon Cowboy, » « Kings of the Earth, » and the Luciano duet « Build a Better World ». This hot streak kicked off an enormously productive recording binge that lasted over the next several years, with much of his output still done for Burrell.
Along with universal praise came Sizzla’s first nomination for Best International Reggae Artist of the Year at the 1998 MOBO Awards and a place in various magazines’ top 100 albums of the year. Sizzla has since released several dozen albums, including 1998’s Kalonji and Royal Son of Ethiopia from 1999. 1999 also saw him receive his second MOBO nomination. Sizzla remains a constant presence in the reggae charts worldwide. Currently, Sizzla has 21 albums that have made it onto the Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums music chart, the highest Words of Truth, reaching the peak position of No. 5.
Sizzla Kalonji has released over 45 solo albums and over fifteen combination albums, crossing different genres of Reggae. He has started his own record company, Kalonji Records; which in a joint venture with Damon Dash Music Group and Koch Records, released the album, The Overstanding, in November 2006. This was his third album released through Kalonji Records; as well as Black History and Life.
Sizzla, along with reggae recording artists such as Capleton, Norris Man, Buju Banton, and Anthony B, are credited with leading a movement toward a re-embracement of Rastafarian values in contemporary reggae music by recording material which is concerned primarily with spirituality and social consciousness, explores common themes, such as Babylon’s corrupting influence, the disenfranchisement of ghetto youth, oppression of the black nation and Sizzla’s abiding faith in Jah and resistance against perceived agents of oppression.
In 2007 Sizzla, along with other artists, he was accused of signing the Reggae Compassionate Act, which was an act to stop producing homophobic lyrics. He vehemently denyed signing the act Yet within weeks he denied signing the document, singing homophobic lyrics on a European tour.
Sizzla’s 2008 effort, Ghetto Youth-ology, is produced by the Firehouse Crew, the same who produced Sizzla’s debut, Burning Up.
In 2013 he released the album The Messiah. In January 2014 it was nominated for a Grammy Award, his first nomination. In 2014 Sizzla was featured in the song and video for Stephen Marley’s single « Rock Stone. »
L’agence Omax6mum a co-produit le concert de Sizzla au Cabaret Sauvage à Paris.
- Date 29/01/2015
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