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CHAANT pronounced Chaah-nt, is a Jamaican born singer-songwriter. In his formative years he was raised in western Jamaica by his grandparents. Early introduction to music included listening to the soothing, comforting, tones of his grandmother’s singing and also hearing the pulsating, vibrant rhythms of the Congo drums from nearby Rastafarian camps. During
occasional visits to these camp sessions he observed the ‘elders’ who would gather and chant meditatively to their songs of liberation and peace. As a curious youngster, he was sometimes allowed the chance to ‘vibe’ on the drums as well.
Throughout his early life he was always captivated by singing. During his teenage and early adult years, he experimented with Acappella, R&B and Reggae music, performing with mixed and all-male groups. Although those group experiences were challenging, they were certainly critical in advancing and honing his songwriting and vocal skills.
However, moving to live in a volatile east Kingston community proved to be a bitter-sweet
experience for the young singer. In as much as his musical appetite had begun to be served, constant heinous violence, gang and political upheavals, broken relationships and constant injustices pervaded his surroundings like a haunting shadow. Those events left indelible impressions on his mind. Consequently, CHAANT’s songwriting focuses on ideas born out of conscious self reflection. He addresses issues relating to romantic relationships, social injustices and violence.
In 2007, CHAANT began performing as a solo artiste under the early stage name “Rally” for a short period. Since then he has performed in Jamaica and in Japan. In 2008, he sizzled on the annual ‘Reggae Breeze Festival’ held in Aichi, Japan. On that event he shared stage with popular Japanese artistes such as: Mighty Crown, Pushim, Ryo the Skywalker, Ackee and Saltfish and the Headliner, Ninjaman. He was also guest artiste at events in Nagoya and Nagasaki. In 2011, CHAANT was a popular wedding singer at the famous Huis Ten Bosch (a Dutch-styled theme park) in Nagasaki. Additionally, he gave performance support to various fundraisers in Japan for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
The singer has also recorded radio advertisements in Jamaica for prominent organizations such as Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) and the National Integrity Action (NIA) which have been aired regularly on Jamaican radio. CHAANT was heavily involved in productions and performances in a now defunct conscious reggae group up to 2016, which precipitated his full time commitment to a solo career.
CHAANT’s latest project is his debut solo album titled ‘Missing You Babe’, which was released in early November 2018. The project features mainly Lover’s Rock Reggae, with a touch of Roots Reggae and Reggae Fusion. One particular track titled ‘Rise Up’ which has been steadily gaining attention was influenced by the heart wrenching massacre known as ‘The 2010 Tivoli Incursion’ in Kingston.
CHAANT’s aim is to confidently ignite the world with the ‘people’s music’ fuelled by messages of universal love, justice and triumph (good ova’ evil).