Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla (born Miguel Orlando Collins, 17 April 1976 in Saint Mary Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica , Jamaica) is a reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is well-known for his unusual productivity.
Sizzla was born in St Mary's to devout Rastafari movement parents. Like them Sizzla subscribes to the Bobo Ashanti Mansions of Rastafari#Bobo Ashanti branch of the Rastafari movement. He was raised in August Town, Kingston Kingston, Jamaica Jamaica where he studied mechanical engineering at Dunoon High School.
The 1980s witnessed a dancehall explosion, and with the music came the lifestyle: drugs recreational drugs , guns, and "slackness" (vulgarity). Formally adopting the Rastafari faith, with its advocacy of repatriation to Africa and its use of cannabis cannabis (drug) , he joined the ranks of the Bobo Ashanti Mansions of Rastafari in the mid-1990s.
Sizzla began to develop his own style whilst serving his musical apprenticeship with the Caveman Hi-Fi sound system. He has used his music as a vehicle for his message, kickstarting his recording career in 1995 1995 in music with a release through the Zagalou label Extensive touring with fellow roots Traditional music and culture artist Luciano Luciano (singer) followed, earning Sizzla notability.
Sizzla Kalonji has released over 45 solo albums and over fifteen combination albums, crossing different genres of Reggae..
In 2004, Sizzla was barred from entering the United Kingdom for several concerts, and was among a group of reggae artists who were being investigated by Scotland Yard for allegedly inciting murder of homo***uals Homo***uality through their lyrics. Some of Sizzla's songs contain lyrics that allegedly advocate violence against LGBT people, as like many Rastas he opposes homo***uality on religious grounds. In 2007, Sizzla's concerts in Toronto and Montreal had been cancelled after protests from Stop Murder Music Canada coalition. Kalonji responded to critics with a song titled, "Nah Apologize".
Judgement Yard was established as a community centre in August Town August Town, Jamaica , an eastern suburb of Kingston, Jamaica, by Sizzla Kalonji. Although Judgement Yard is an organization of sorts, it is also a geographic location located at 42 August Town Road, which is where Sizzla maintains one of his residences. Judgement Yard is also the home of Kalonji's state of the art studio, as well as his record label, Kalonji Records. As the owner and founder of the Yard, Kalonji is responsible for many youths in the community of August Town, as well as youths who come from other areas to seek assistance and guidance in life as well as music. Many of these same youths who are members of Judgement Yard fraternity are musicians or have some direct affiliation with the music through production works, artiste works, etc.
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