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Background information
Birth name Miguel Orlando Collins
Also known as Sizzla, Sizzla Kalonji
Born April 17, 1977 (1977-04-17) (age 30)
Origin Flag of Jamaica Saint Mary, Jamaica
Genre(s) Reggae, dancehall, Roots reggae
Years active 1990's-present
Label(s) Kalonji Records, Greensleeves Records, VP Records
Website Official Website


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Sizzla Kalonji is the stage name of Miguel Orlando Collins (born 17 April 1976), a reggae musician. He was born in Saint Mary, Jamaica and raised in August Town. A stage name, also called a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, musicians, djs, clowns, and professional wrestlers. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... Saint Mary, Jamaica, is a parish located in the north, north eastern part of Jamaica. ...

Sizzla subscribes to the "Bobo Ashanti" branch of the Rastafari movement, known for its orthodoxy in terms of its stringent rejection of values associated with western culture and colonialism. Sizzla's songs speak to poverty and hopelessness that pervades young Jamaica and obviously oppressed youths worldwide. Like Bob Marley generations before him, Sizzla's message addresses social issues such as poverty, homelessness, police brutality, cultural pride and political and religious oppression. However,in presenting content deemed by some to foster hate and encourage violence towards homosexuals, Sizzla has courted controversy with his lyrics. A recent example of this is the effort of Canadian advocacy groups to ban the artist from a tour date (Oct. 5th 2007) in Toronto[1]. Haile Selassie I Mansions of Rastafari are branches of the Rastafari movement. ... Haile Selassie I The Rastafari movement, or Rasta, is a cultural value system that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, whom they call Jah. ... It has been suggested that Benign colonialism be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... A homeless person in Paris. ... January 31 1919: David Kirkwood on the ground after being struck by batons of the Glasgow police Police brutality is a term used to describe the excessive use of physical force, assault, verbal attacks, and threats by police officers and other law enforcement officers. ...

The 1980s witnessed a dancehall explosion, and with the music came the lifestyle: drugs, guns and "slackness" (vulgarity). Sizzla watched carefully, collecting his lyrical ammunition. Formally adopting the Rastafari faith, with its no-holds-barred advocacy of repatriation, slavery reparations and the use of ganja, he joined the ranks of the Bobo Ashanti in the mid-1990s. Dancehall is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed around the late 70s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational rather than medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja,[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ...

The Bobos stand against all forms of oppression or modern day slavery, which have been forced on them by Babylon, the western world. Shunning institutionalized education and religion they have built self-sufficient communities and live frugally according to their strict beliefs. The Bobos' refusal to toe the establishment line, together with their often controversial pro-change diatribes, inspires supporters and alarms opponents. For other uses, see Babylon (disambiguation). ...

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 critical acclaim. See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Bobby Digital, born Bobby Dixon, is one of the most important dancehall producers. ... Traditional Music is a quasi-synonym for folk music. ... Luciano (born Jepther McClymont on October 20, 1964 in Jamaica) is a Jamaican Roots Reggae artist. ...

Jermaine Fagan, the same man who gave Buju Banton his first break, introduced Sizzla to top Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser, the musical director for Philip "Fatis" Burrell's Xterminator Family. Fatis was delighted with Sizzla's potential and decided to record him. 1996 marked an important turning point for Sizzla when he began working with Fatis. This union led to a run of successful singles and the release of Sizzla's debut album, Burning Up. The alliance again proved fruitful a year later with the follow-up, Praise Ye Jah . Securing his position as a top reggae artist, as well as one with something to say, he set about cultivating his role as a spiritual messenger. Sizzla's combination of Rasta principles and up-to-the-minute dancehall rhythms made his hard line approach more palatable. Boobs Banton (performing at Ilosaarirock, 2006) Boobs Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie 1972) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae singer & producer. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Christ Brown track listing Burning Up the second single by pop singer Madonna, released on March 9, 1983 by Sire Records. ... Praise Ye Jah is Jamaican reggae singer Sizzlas third studio album. ...

Creatively speaking, Sizzla really came into his own with the release of Praise Ye Jah. Praise Yeh Jah was quickly trumped by the release of the Dixon-produced Black 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. Black Woman & Child is the second studio album by Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla. ...

Bearing all the hallmarks of Bobby "Digital" Dixon's dancehall-influenced production, the impact on both the reggae and mainstream markets was phenomenal. The evocative title track, issued as a single, rapidly achieved anthemic status. 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. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The MOBO (an acronym for Music Of Black Origin) Awards are held annually in the UK to recognise leading black musicians. ...

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.

This success for Sizzla has brought him substantial media attention. Despite this success as a recording artist, he remains a mysterious figure, having little or no contact with the media. Though Sizzla remains popular[citation needed] with exceptional record sales, he does not support the music industry, believing it to be another corrupt and oppressing institution. Not wanting to be seen to endorse the industry, he is wary of any involvement with the press and promotion, granting only a few interviews to date. His rare live appearances are always sold out. The music industry is the industry that creates, performs, promotes, and preserves music. ... The Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Christchurch, New Zealand. ...

Sizzla has an ability to fuse passionate lyrical styling with deceptively simple rhythms that take in a range of genres from staccato dancehall and gentle roots reggae to surprisingly commercial R&B and soul arrangements. The opening track of the album Bobo Ashanti, "The World", is a modern take on the pulsing dub beat and a call to conquer the West by rejoicing in Rastafari. Sizzla's plea for truth on "Courage" from the same album is set against a lilting guitar hook. He asks the ghetto youths to follow King Selassie and "Grow U Locks" on a punching dancehall rhythm. The R&B-influenced closing track of the album Must Rise is an earnest appeal to black people to find strength in unity. For other uses, see Dub. ... Haile Selassie I KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO (Geez: , Power of the Trinity; July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975) was de jure Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 and de facto from 1916 to 1936 and 1941 to 1974. ...

Sizzla, along with reggae recording artists such as Capleton, 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. Sizzla has over 30 full completed albums sold in record stores to date. | Died = | Origin = [imortal[Image:Flag of Jamaica. ... Anthony B is the stage name of Keith Blair (born March 31, 1976), a Jamaican musician. ...



  • Burning up (September 5, 1995)
  • Black Woman & Child (September 16, 1997)
  • Praise Ye Jah (October 21, 1997)
  • Kalonji (Europe) / Freedom Cry (U.S.A.) (November 9, 1998)
  • Good Ways (December 21, 1998)
  • Royal Son of Ethiopia (Jun 22, 1999)
  • Be I Strong (Nov 2, 1999)
  • Liberate Yourself (February 1, 2000)
  • Words of Truth (August 29, 2000)
  • Bobo Ashanti (August 31, 2000)
  • Taking Over (June 19, 2001)
  • Rastafari Teach I Everything (September 4, 2001)
  • Black History (June 26, 2001)
  • Blaze Up the Chalwa (January 22, 2002)
  • Ghetto Revolutionary (September 24, 2002)
  • Up In Fire (October 1, 2002)
  • Hosanna (November 11, 2002)
  • Da Real Thing (November 19, 2002)
  • Rise To The Occasion (September 30, 2003)
  • Light Of My World (April 22, 2003)
  • Red Alert (January 27, 2004)
  • Speak Of Jah (February 24, 2004)
  • Judgement Yard (Aprilbribri 14, 2004
  • Stay Focus (August 24, 2004)
  • Jah Knows Best (June 8, 2004)
  • Life (October 12, 2004)
  • Soul Deep (July 12, 2005)
  • Brighter Day (March 8, 2005)
  • Burning Fire (March 29, 2005)
  • Da Real Live Thing (August 30, 2005)
  • Jah Protect (March 14, 2006)
  • Ain't Gonna See Us Fall (April 4, 2006)
  • Waterhouse Redemption (May 5, 2006)
  • The Overstanding (October 17, 2006)
  • Children of Jah (April 3, 2007)
  • I-Space (June 26, 2007)

Burning Up is reggae singer Sizzlas roots-style debut album. ... Black Woman & Child is the second studio album by Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla. ... Praise Ye Jah is Jamaican reggae singer Sizzlas third studio album. ... Freedom Cry is reggae artist Sizzlas fourth studio album, released November 11, 1998 on VP Records as Freedom Cry in the United States and as Kalonji in Europe. ... Good Ways is reggae singer Sizzlas fifth studio album. ... Royal Son of Ethiopia is reggae singer Sizzlas sixth studio album, released on Greensleeves on June 22, 1999. ... Be I Strong is Jamaican reggae singer Sizzlas seventh studio album. ... Words of Truth is Jamaican reggae singer Sizzlas ninth album. ... Bobo Ashanti is Jamaican reggae singer Sizzlas tenth studio album. ... Taking Over is Jamaican reggae artist Sizzlas 11th studio album, released on June 19, 2001 on VP Records. ... Rastafari Teach I Everything is Jamaican reggae artist Sizzlas 12th studio album, released on Greensleeves on September 4, 2001. ... Ghetto Revolutionary is reggae, dancehall artist Sizzlas fifteenth studio album. ... Up In Fire is reggae, dancehall artist Sizzlas sixteenth studio album. ... Da Real Thing is reggae, dancehall artist Sizzlas seventeenth studio album. ... Rise To The Occasion is reggae, dancehall artist Sizzlas eighteenth studio album. ... Soul Deep is the 26th studio album from reggae and dancehall artist Sizzla. ...

External links

  • Sizzla website

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