“The songs have taken wings,” an enthusiastic Chilando reported in reference to the singles Life Too Short (Chimney Records) Stay Inna Yuh Lane and Wah Run Road Now on the Ghetto Bible riddim, which are enjoying good rotation on radio in the UK. According to the singjay’s management team, several disc jocks in the UK have been “risnsing the songs” and have been reaching out to them for interviews with the artiste and also for drops and specials. “The songs already have their visa, so it’s just a matter of time before Chilando secures his work permit for the UK,” the management stated.
In fact, so solid is this breakthrough that a mixtape done by DJ Lady K of Flames FM featuring the three songs – among others – was given a spotlight by DJ MissaJam who spins on the highly respected BBC1Extra. For Chilando and his team, this kind of exposure is better than anything they could have paid for. And, not surprisingly, it is already paying off, because as a result of this wave of popularity within the UK, Chilando was recently added to the line-up of the annual, star-studded, celebratory event, Brit Jam, which has been voted the number one party holiday from the UK. It is set for March 11 – 17 and Chilando will be performing on March 12 at the event entitled ‘I Will Be There’ at Aquasol Theme Park.
Bubbling with energy, the singjay whose hometown is Montego Bay, said that he was truly grateful to the disc jocks in the UK who have recognized his talent and are playing a crucial role in helping him, as a young artiste, to secure his space in the dancehall. Chilando also disclosed that top British reggae/dancehall act, Gappy Ranks, has reached out to him and strengthened him with lots of positive vibes.
“Big respect to disc jocks such as Biggaau on Whoa FM; DJ Brit Jam Face on Flames FM; DJ Lady K on Inspiration FM; Sir DJ Corey on Flames (and who also fills in sometimes on BBC 1 Extra) and MistaJam on BBC 1 Extra. Of course, as usual, I have to give a special shout out to the disc jocks and the producers here in Jamaica. They are the ones who have taken me from nowhere to somewhere and I am forever indebted to them. The wheels are turning in the right direction and it will be more hard work and some chart-topping songs from Chilando,” said the artiste who is signed to Show Di Vybz/DJ Frass.