Chezidek gears up for 11th album

March 03, 2017
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Since the beginning of 2017, reggae soloist Chezidek has released two new songs highlighting different themes.

The first is a politically charged, promotional piece called Because I'm Black, and Journey, a melodious, uplifting tune.

He said Because I'm Black is about the plight of black people.

"As a Rastaman, we have to represent for the people, educating other people about black people. It's about learning to love black people," Chezidek told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Inspired by the apparent increase of police brutality against African Americans, Chezidek wrote and released the song in January and aligned its promotion with Black History Month.

Chezidek said it's the first single from his upcoming 11th album, which he anticipates will drop in April.

Known for hit songs like Call Pon Dem, Inna De Road and Leave De Trees, the reggae artiste also revealed that this time around the album will be self-produced.

"We nuh really sure what it goin' name, but I think it goin' name Irie Day," he said. "We have some nice song ah mek, some serious music we a mek for the album still, but in time."

Chezidek said while Because I'm Black was promotional, Journey "fly pass it gone.

"I feel really good about the Journey song. It's been very great. People all over the world linking me on Facebook and WhatsApp. A week and a half now, and almost 50,000 views," he said.

In the three months the song has been on YouTube, it has garnered 30,000 views. Produced by Oneness Records based in Germany, Journey will be released on the Better Days Riddim album.

"This is the music we wanted all along that we not getting. This is how I want to express myself. It's a good vibration, that everyone can gain from, spiritually and otherwise," Chezidek told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Chezidek said he still wants to break new grounds with a promotional tour when the album is released.

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