Bigga Haitian | A Change Must Come

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A Change Must Come

by Bigga Haitian

BIO: Bigga Haitian is known as the first Haitian singer to break into the Jamaican reggae scene, tearing down national and cultural walls and paving the way for the next generation of Haitian artists. Born Charles Dorismond in Port Au Prince, Haiti,
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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Members: Bigga Haitian is known as the first Haitian singer to break into the Jamaican reggae scene, tearing down national and cultural walls and paving the way for the next generation of Haitian artists. Born Charles Dorismond in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Bigga hails from a musical family. His father, Andre Dorismond, was the lead singer of The Webert Sicot Group, pioneers of Haitian dance music known as Kompa. Bigga immigrated to New York City at the age of 8 and grew up amidst the pulsating rhythms of reggae music in the vibrant Jamaican community of Flatbush, Brooklyn. In 1981, Bigga saw Admiral Bailey perform his hit tune "Big Belly Mon" at Manhattan’s Reggae Lounge and realized in that instant that he was destined to become a reggae singer. At this moment, reggae sensation Bigga Haitian was born. Bigga has been blazing up the stage for more than 20 years, appearing with reggae legends Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Capleton, Cocoa Tea, and Junior Reid, to name a few. Bigga broke into the hip-hop scene in the 1990s, opening for the Ruff Ryders, Lil’ Kim, and Jay-Z at New York City's Randall's Island. Today's most talented Haitian artists, such as Wyclef Jean and Mecca a/k/a Grimo, credit Bigga as an influence. Many of New York's most notable venues have hosted Bigga's legendary performances including SOB’s, The Apollo Theater, McCarren Park Pool, B.B. King's, The Lion's Den, and Galapagos Art Space. He has also performed at festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean, including a show hosted by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Bigga has been busy with performances in the past few years, including New York’s Jamrock Magazine Reggae Fest with Shaggy, Collie Buddz, and Buju Banton and headlining the Lake Worth Reggae Fest which drew over 10,000 people. Bigga's first album, I Am Back, features a remix of his dancehall anthem, "Haiti A Where Me From" which was a #1 single on the Haitian charts, and is still a staple of Haitian radio to this day. He followed this success with his second release, Binghi Mon, which includes "Tribute to Patrick Dorismond," featuring Barrington Levy's "Murderer" anthem. “Tribute” was produced by Jah Life, who also produced the original Barrington Levy recording. Bigga recorded two singles, "Red Carpet" and "Sexy Body" at Freddie McGregor's studios in Jamaica which were originally released on McGregor's Big Ship Records and later featured on Doctor Dread's RAS Records' compilation Best of the Best, Vol. 5 (Freddie McGregor Presents: Best of Big Ship 1). Bigga has also recorded tracks with artists including Yvad (recent lead singer of The Wailers), Ken Boothe, and Denroy Morgan of Morgan Heritage. For Bigga’s latest album, he joined forces with producers Brett Smith and Marc Lawrence and released Sak Pasé (Walkup Records, 2010) to high praise throughout the industry. The album opener, “I Am A Haitian,” has been in rotation on Sirius/XM Radio since its release. The album also includes the original version of "Haiti A Weh Mi From" (digitally remastered for its 20th anniversary), and a cover of the White Stripes’ “My Doorbell,” which has been applauded by industry giants such as Questlove, DJ Z-Trip, and Nardwuar, who called it “better than the original!” In 2012, Bigga released the singles "Coming Home," "Mama Kush," and "Jah Children Arise" on his own label, BH Records, with more to come...
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