I-Octane records song on local riddim

HARARE - Jamaican music star I-Octane has recorded a song on the Summer Season riddim co-created by Chillspot Records’ DJ Levels and ex-Kenako producer DJ Oskid.

I-Octane, who made a maiden performance in Zimbabwe at Harare’s City Sports Centre on Saturday, recorded a song titled Ghetto Youths Won’t Stop Looking For Money.

Mbare-based DJ Levels told the Daily News that recording the Jamaican star was a pleasant surprise for them.

“We worked on the riddim (Summer Season) for two months and we just kept our fingers crossed because we were not sure if he would accept to record on our riddim. So we were delighted when he passed through the studio and agreed and we recorded,” said Levels.

DJ Levels is confident that I-Octane’s endorsement will bring international spotlight on Zimdancehall.

“This is great as it will bring international visibility. I-Octane is an international artiste so this will surely go a long way. On the song, he did not feature any local artistes but there are several local artistes who will ride on the same riddim who include Winky D, Soul Jah Love and others,” said the young Zimdancehall producer.

I-Octane’s maiden concert in Zimbabwe followed recent shows in the country by his compatriots Konshens and Busy Signal.

The 31-year-old internationally-acclaimed reggae and dancehall artiste started recording music commercially as a teenager when he released singles such as Oh Jah and Stepp a Seed.

I-Octane’s debut album, Crying to the Nation, was released in February 2012 and his second album, My Journey, in March 2014.

He went on to drop chart-toppers such as  Straight From The Heart, Burn Dem Bridge, Crying To The Nation, Badmind Dem A Pree, a collaboration with Bounty Killer produced by Buju Banton’s son Markus Myrie and Love Di Vibes among others.

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