Biography

Sizzla Kalonji is one of the most prolific leaders of the conscious reggae and dancehall movement. He is also one of the most commercially, critically successful contemporary reggae artists, well known for his unique productivity. Emerging in the latter half of the ’90s, he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influence of roots reggae with the heavy Rastafarian subject matter. He was born Miguel Orlando Collins on April 17, 1976, in Scotts Hall, St Mary, Jamaica, and was raised in the community of August Town in Kingston, by devout Rastafarian parents. Collins mother, Mama Lou urged her son to focus on his education and school, which contributed to his musical legacy and love of writing.

The Sizzla Brand has left an indelible stamp on the International Music Market with Hip Hop artists sampling many of his chart-hitting records. Although Solid As A Rock was recorded over ten years ago several rap artistes have sampled the song. In July 2013, Jay Z sampled Solid As A Rock on his multi-platinum selling album Magna Carta Holy Grail on the song Crown. Fifty Cent sampled “Solid As A Rock” in July 2012 on a mixtape and called his song Take My Crown. In September 2003, Jah Rule sampled Solid As A Rock in a song he called The Crown. Rihanna, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Akon, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, Stylez P, Jadakiss, The Raskals, StoneBwoy, Dj Khaled, and more have recorded with, sampled, or spliced Sizzla and his songs. 2020 proved to be a very difficult year for the music industry as a result of the COVID pandemic. However, Sizzla had used the time to write alot of music and worked towards bettering and uplifting his community. He had released two albums and several singles. Black Man Rule Africa was released in January of 2020 through Kalonji Music Production and is a representation of his strong ideology of Pan Africanism and Rastafari. He urges Africa to unite, wise up and rule with equal rights and justice.

On October 2nd of 2020, he released Million Times through Zabogaubhi Music which is a romantic classic love album dedicated to all of the beautiful women of the world. It shows the caring, soft, and sensuous side of Sizzla. The album was produced by Michael Fairman, Miguel Collins, Robert Murphy, and Hakim Abdul Samad of the Motown Recording Artist The Boys. Sizzla Kalonji has 29 albums that have made it onto the Billboards Top Reggae Albums music charts. He has one of the largest musical catalogs amongst his musical contemporaries. Sizzla has also placed on numerous top ten and top 100 albums of the year charts. He has received awards from IRAWMA, EME, MOBO, Vibe Magazine, Rolling Stone, Irie FM, People Choice Awards, Digital Music Award Winner, Reggae Academy Awards, and has been nominated for the Grammy’s. His most recent awards were the National Reggae Icon Award by the Jamaican Government and Prime Minister Andrew Holness; the Icon of Culture Award by IRAWMA in 2019. Sizzla Kalonji continues to release music throughout his career showcasing the level of talent that exudes through his creativity.

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