Gyptians 3 most do things for anyone to do when they come to Jamaica
- First thing you come to Jamaica u have to “see Jamaica” all that you heard and want to see. Really take the time to experience the various beautiful landscapes. The rivers and scenery the beaches and especially the women. Up up up!
- Party. There’s all types of parties island wide so you can truly see how musically diverse Jamaica is.
- Embrace the culture by eating the food we eat, enjoying the natural juices from the fruits. Hold a vibe with the wonderful people and see the life we live.
One love! Check out my new song “All On Me” on YouTube and feel the island vibe!
Like every great artist, Gyptian has layers and multiple facets to his artistry. There’s the conscious reggae singer who listeners first came to know on his breakthrough 2005 hit ”Serious Times.” Then there’s the champion lover who captivated females worldwide with his crooning on “Hold You,” the sultry island pop smash that topped charts globally in 2010 and reached certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000. It was the first reggae single to attain that status since Damian Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock” in 2005. The song even caught the attention of rap superstar Nicki Minaj. It is the latter side of Gyptian, who takes center stage on his musically diverse 2013 album Sex, Love and Reggae, (which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart) and his latest single release “All On Me” (which is picking up momentum on U.S. and UK radio in 2015).
Born Windel Beneto Edwards in rural St. Andrew, Jamaica, north of Kingston, Gyptian grew up singing in church with his Adventist mom by day, and at dancehall sessions organized by his Rastafarian father by night. “I didn’t grow up in a way where I’m limited,” Gyptian says. “It’s all about two things at the table, take whichever you want.”
First taking work as a butcher—yes, cutting meat—a young Gyptian gained his entry into the Jamaican music business after meeting up with talent scout and promoter Ravin Wong and Earl “Chinna” Smith, the legendary reggae guitarist known for his work with Lee “Scratch” Perry and Bob Marley.
Under Smith’s guidance, Gyptian wrote “Serious Times,” a single that would instantly put him at the forefront of the roots revival that was taking over Jamaican music when it was released in 2005. No fluke, a second hit, “Beautiful Lady,” followed shortly thereafter, as did a third, the heartfelt “Mama.” A debut album, My Name is Gyptian, landed in 2006, earning him comparisons to the great Gregory Isaacs for its mixture of conscious reggae and sultry lovers rock. That year saw Gyptian take home the “Most Promising Entertainer” title at the 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards in New York City, an honor he has certainly lived up to in the years since.
Gyptian’s second album, I Can Feel Your Pain, followed in 2008, which featured the title track hit and smash single “Love Against The Wall.” Two years later “Hold You” would make Gyptian the toast of reggae once again, providing a jolt of energy felt throughout the music world. The track instantly took over airwaves across the Caribbean in early 2010 and by summertime became the most played song on New York’s influential Hot 97 radio station. Gyptian’s third album, also called Hold You, followed later in 2010, spawning a second crossover hit in the infectiously catchy “Nah Let Go.” Gyptian would take home a range of awards over the following year, including a MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Award for Best Reggae Act and a Soul Train Music Award for Best Reggae Artist.
Never one to leave his fans hanging, Gyptian has stayed active in the years since “Hold You” took the music world by storm.
His 2013 album Sex, Love and Reggae was his biggest-sounding set yet, hailed by Associated Press as “creative and courageous” and Washington Post said the title “delivers on all three fronts, proving that he has the most versatile purr in the genre.” The album was executive produced by Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, who is known for cranking out hits for superstars such as Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Lupe Fiasco, the Fugees and many more. Sex Love and Reggae features guest appearances from R&B divas Estelle and Melanie Fiona and soca stars Bunji Garlin and Kes the Band. Global dancehall ambassadors Major Lazer also lend a hand with co-production on the title track, which Pitchfork hailed as “colorful.”
Hits on the album included the ladies anthem “Vixen” (co-written by and featuring Angela Hunte of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” fame), the dutty wine-inducing “Nonstop” (which racked up over 4.5 mil views for its video), “Overtime” on JA Productions and the RVSSIAN produced single “Wine Slow,” which created a viral dance frenzy worldwide. The lyrics video alone for “Wine Slow” received over 20 million YouTube views to date. “It’s all about being versatile,” Gyptian says of the album, and his perspective on music overall. “For me, there’s no boundaries in music. Pick one—there is a Gyptian song in that category for you.”
To follow up on the success of Sex, Love and Reggae, Gyptian returns with his new single “All On Me,” released June 9 on VP Records. The single is already climbing the charts and spinning on Top 40, Urban and Rhythmic radio in U.S. and UK. The video received 3.5 millions view on World Star Hip Hop within the first week and is getting play on MTV Jams, MTV2 and VH1 Island Soul. This summer, Gyptian has been singing the new single on the festival circuit non-stop, including the BET Xperience Festival in Los Angeles, Hot 97’s On Da Reggae Tip and Central Park SummerStage in NYC. To promote the latter event, he also performed “All On Me” on FOX Good Day NY, the city’s most popular morning TV show following Good Morning America. He has also been getting the single out to tastemaker crowds in as a special guest performer at Jamie XX’s intimate BoilerRoom event and DJ Funkmaster Flex’s birthday bash in NYC. Now, the Dutch born record producer Diztortion, known for his hits with UK artists like Stylo G, Lethal Bizzle and Tinie Tempah, puts his spin on the track. The remix will also feature a version with UK grime artist Lady Leshurr, available for commercial release this October.