Flash Back! Dj CurlyLocks and Sizzla’s Benji Bashment March 1998 Jamaica


2009 Article by WCTD

The 1990’s decade was a lean time for “live” artists appearing on sound systems. The use of dub plate specials was taking over in Jamaica and juggling was becoming big business. So instead of the artists working on sets they were recruited by a new breed of “music only” sounds who cut one off specials with the performers, adapting the lyrics to hit songs to boost up the name of their own sound.

In this decade the art of soundclash really came to the fore with all manner of competitions, trophies, and reputations, to be won. The established sounds of the eighties had to adapt or step aside for newcomers like Bodyguard, Bass Odyssey, Addies, Black Cat, Rodigan, Sound Trooper, Mighty Crown and Dj CurlyLocks of Genesis International to name just a few. Veteran sounds like Killamanjaro, Metromedia, Stone Love, King Jammy’s and Saxon managed to successfully make the transition and compete with the best, and to this day the dancehall soundclash business is still growing worldwide.

sizzlaDj CurlyLocks and Sizzla bring to you our Benji Birthday Bashment in Kingston Jamaica March 21 1998. Performances by Genesis Intl & CaveMan Sound , Luciano, Mikey General, Jah Cure, Ninja Man, President Brown, Jah Mason, Louie Culture, Bushman and more. Live from Kencot Kingston Jamaica, Grove Road 1998. I landed in Jamaica with the flu for this party refused to go to the doctors so I could still perform. I drank nothing but scotch bonnet pepper tea all day. To listen click here.


Author: DjCurlyLocks

CurlyLocks started off as a rapper and DJ in Philadelphia and went by the name Grand D. He and his old rap partner Robert Wallace also known as E.S.T would dominate the hallways of Olney High School during lunch time. He then joined a Soundsystem known as AstroFunk and packed parties with greats such as, Jazzy Jeff, Fresh Prince, EST, Dj Cash Money, the Beastie Boys, Salt-N-Pepper, Eric B and Rakim, Slick Rick, Ultra Magnetic MC's, KRS One and many more. On the reggae scene he has traveled to the caribbean countless times thru out his career, as well as being a guest performer at Jamaica's annual Fully Loaded Concert, where only the top dj's are pick to perform yearly. In the late 90's he was the mix show dj for Jah T the Reggae Ambassador's weekly reggae show on Philadelphia's Power 99 Fm for 2 years. He has worked along side legends such as Beres Hammond, Luciano, Bounty Killer, T.O.K, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Third World, Maxi Priest, Busta Rhymes and more. He was one of the Djs responsible for jump starting Sean Paul,Vybz Kartel and Da'ville's musical career to the level of stardom, with the exclusive mix cd's he would help work on with those artist and Federation Sound. He has held some of the most desired reggae nights in Philadelphia, with weekly residency at Filo's, Genesis & Omni night clubs, to hyping up shows and concerts at Cavanaugh's (formerly Katmandu), Electric Factory, Kahunaville, The Trocadero and more. CurlyLocks delivers the sweetest Caribbean as well as hip-hop and R&B sounds to a packed house. CurlyLocks was also one part of the group Federation Sound, which was comprised of 7 distinguished members: Kenny Meez, Max Glazer(Rihanna and Baby Chams Dj), Disco D, Alric & Boyd of Fame Fm in Jamaica and Cipha Sound of Hot97fm in New York. Collectively this incredible crew was driving force that began to bridge the gap between Caribbean culture and America. Their style of sound reverberated all over the globe, with a monthly residency at Jamaica's hottest night spot, club Quad. They'd travel the world dropping the craziest dancehall, reggae and hip-hop reggae remixes. Having been responsible for countless productions and remixes such as Track 10, on 50 cents Massacre album entitled "Ski Mask Way", "Crazy In Love" remix featuring Jay-Z, Beyonce & Baby Cham, "Yeah" remix with Usher & Baby Cham, "Move Your Body" remix with Nina Sky & Vybz Kartel, as well as the Grammy nominated Frontin remix featuring Jayz, Pharell, Vybz Kartel and Wayne Marshall on Def Jamaica/Def Jam and many more. They also recieved write-ups in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Fader Magazine, Mtv.com to mention a few. In 2004/2005 CurlyLocks was awarded the "Peoples Choice" carnival expo award for #1reggae DJ in Philadelphia. His voice is so loved by people that he was asked by his old partner Disco D to do a voice over reel for the Expansion Team in 2004. He began to receive call backs to do television commercial voice over ads for numerous company giants, such as Sprite Remix Aruba jam, Coca Cola, Best Buy and Heineken. He quickly became a member of the "Screen and Actors Guild" (Sag). He is currently working on numerous projects from music production, to television production. So stay tuned cause CurlyLocks isn't done yet by far.

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