Jamaican Charly Black to headline Harare gig

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Jonathan Mbiriyamveka

 

Jamaican reggae/dancehall star Charly Black will headline a gig this August at Long Cheng Grounds in Harare featuring a glut of Zimbabwean acts as part of efforts to revive local dancehall.

Charly Black is not new to Zimbabwean fans having performed in the capital at least twice in the past two years leaving lasting impressions.

The gig, set for August 4, will see over 18 performers including heavy hitters in the likes of Kinnah, Soul Jah Love, Hwindi President, Freeman, Dhadza D, Queen Khadija, Nutty O and Guspy Warrior.

Besides live performances there is going to be DJs on rotation who command a huge following on the local Zim dancehall scene among them Judgment Yard, Godfather Templeman, Garry B, Selekta Base and Iroq to mention just a few.

Charly Black is popular on the international scene for his club banger called “Gyal You a Party Animal” which is still enjoyable to listen.

According to his official biography, Charly Black was born Desmond Méndez on April 6 1980).

Charly Black, alternatively known as Charly Blacks, and originally known as Tony Mentol, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, selector and singjay.

He is best known for his track "Gyal You a Party Animal", which became popular outside Jamaica in regions including Mexico, South America and Spain.

The song is very popular in these regions, as well as in some parts of the Caribbean and Central America.

Other songs include "Whine & Kotch", "Girlfriend", "Bike Back", and "Hoist & Wine".

Charly Black has also collaborated with other music artists, including his collaboration with American Latin pop star Jencarlos Canela on the single “Pa Que Me Invitan”.

He has been part of the Warlord International and Bass Odyssey sound systems.

As Tony Mentol, he made his recorded debut in 2004 with the single "Woman It's You".

He eventually switched aliases to Charly Black and recorded a string of cuts for labels like Coppershot, M Bass, and VP, the last of which issued "Buddy Buddy" in 2008.

In 2014, he recorded his most successful single, "Gyal You a Party Animal", then simply known as "Party Animal".

The song, based on Kurt Riley's Jambe-An riddim, gradually spread outside Jamaica to win over audiences across South America.

 

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