Friday, 19 March 2021

Shatta Wale, Skillibeng & Gold Up 'Blow Up' on Historic Collaboration

Gold Up is releasing one of the most anticipated collaborations between the King of African Dancehall "Shatta Wale" and one of Jamaica's top artists "Skillibeng".

The top-tier duo showcase their lyrical skills on a modern trap-infused dancehall instrumental.

The song, titled "Blow Up" , is in short talking about growth and becoming successful regardless of whatever one's experiences or struggles may be.

The upbeat production has a high energy vibe that will reach and be relatable to everyone focused on their goals and dreams.

Shatta Wale, Skillibeng - Blow Up

Produced by: Gold Up

Composed by: Zack Ariyah

Format: Digital

Distribute by: Evidence Music

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Based in Montreal (Canada) & Kingston (Jamaica), Gold Up, is led by Raph and Dancehall’s popular composer Zack Ariyah.

The record label made its debut in 2018 with the release of their single Belong With Me ft. Jamaica’s international sensation, Shenseea. Currently sitting over 2 million views on YouTube. The duo quickly found their groove and started releasing more heavy hitting tracks such as Iba Mahr “Concentrate” or Shatta Wale "Be Afraid".

Throughout the year 2019, they had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented artists from Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Ghana among other countries. Leading them to release their debut album in 2020 “Prelude”, comprised of 19 songs including Queen Omega “My Flow”, Shatta Wale “Too Ugly” or “Mannequin”.

2020, Gold Up has collaborated with one of the Dancehall's icon Konshens on a single entitled "Let Her Out". They released new music on a monthly basis with some of the most renowned artists like Aidonia, Chronic Law or Shatta Wale along with new talents that lead them to pass over 1 million streams on Spotify.

2021 now and the duo didn't plan on slowing down, a crate full of new songs they are ready to take over the world.

Born Charles Nii Armah Mensah better known by his stage name Shatta Wale, is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician.

Besides singing, the ‘GRINGO’ hit-maker is also a renowned Songwriter, Record Producer and Sound Engineer. In 2014 edition of Ghana music awards, Shatta Wale emerged as the artiste of the year.

He collaborated with Ghana’s outstanding talents, Tinny to ditch out “Moko Ho which received tremendous air waves in the Ghanaian music industry in 2004 and was one of the hottest song released in Ghana that year.

In 2014, Wale was nominated for the Maiden GN Bank Awards as the People’s Choice Male Musician of the year. He was also named the 38th Most Inuential Ghanaian by E-TV Ghana in 2015 in their annual survey of influentialpeople in Ghana.He is the dancehall Messiah.

He also won Best Video Dancehall and Dancehall Artiste of the year at BASS Awards Wale also won Best New Entertainer at International Reggae and World Music Awards 2014 and Jigwe Musician of the Year at 2014 Jigwe Awards and DJ’s Song of the Year at 2014 Ghana DJ Awards.

Shatta Wale have also won about 40 other awards and nominated for about 33 awards. They are just too numerous to name.

East Syde Records dancehall artiste Skillibeng is generating a big buzz in the eastern end of the island with his witty rhymes, unique delivery and new age flow.

He is the latest artiste representing for the parish of St Thomas in dancehall. Fans are immediately curious about his stage name, 'skillibeng', which is a popular slang or toasting style in the world of dancehall, used by deejays from the 1980s and early 1990s.

"The name Skillibeng is a representation of Jamaican music overall, because it is a word people automatically associate with dancehall and reggae, so it connect but I have a different more modern approach to the artform," the artiste whose real name is Emwah Warmington, said.

He grew up in the district of Lyssons in Retreat, St Thomas where he attended Morant Bay High school. He participated in a dance group while in high school as he was naturally drawn to entertainment. He also got the nickname Skillibeng from his high school friends.

Once he left high school, he began to pursue music and he landed a big break when he recorded 'Brain Parts' on the Purge rhythm made popular by Vybz Kartel's 'CT Scan' hit.

"I got great feedback from the public to this song, especially in St Thomas but I was young at the time without proper guidance so I didn't want to just jump in the music without a plan, or a management structure," he said.

Through a high school friend, Tajay 'Dippa East' Edwards, he made a link with East Syde Records chief executive officer Romaine McFarlane and they began to build a musical chemistry.

He released a single called 'Life Ah Life' that on the East Syde Records label in December 2018. It is now available on several major digital music platforms.

"This song has soothed a lot of people and is still doing so at the moment. No negativity, just a positive vibe, it already has over 120,000 views as people are gravitating towards it in a real way and we will be stepping up the promotion even more in March," Skillibeng said.

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