Big breakthrough for Dane Ray
Dancehall artiste Dane Ray has made a significant breakthrough as his latest singles, 'Top Jockey' and 'Punununu', are gaining traction in the dancehall-loving markets of Central and South America.
"I'm bringing something different, musically, along with a new sound and new melodies, so maybe that is why I have such a large fan base in Central America. They appreciate my kind of music, which is generic dancehall mixed with Latin American reggaeton," he said.
He recently completed a South American tour, which began on August 10 and ended on September 15. The tour featured appearances in Colombia, Panama, Chile, and ColÛn, a Panamanian city.
"I did eight shows in all, mostly club venues, and one show was actually on a beach. I got a great reception from the fans, who knew my Top Jockey song. I won over a lot of new fans," the artiste, born Waldane Hampton, said.
The producer-turned-singer recently released Dolla Dolla, produced by Charm B Productions, a New York-based label, which Dane Ray has been working with since November 2015.
"Dolla Dolla is giving me a buzz locally. It is playing on the radio and in the streets with the help of Fire Sounds, Boom Boom, and CD Fantasy. But songs like Top Jockey and Punununu are the ones doing well overseas," the 24-year-old native of St Ann said.
He recently shot a video for Punununu while he was in Chile. The video, which is now in post-production, will be released in October.
"The sky is the limit with Charm B Productions a manage my career," he said.