Four years after being certified diamond-selling in Latin America and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certified gold for his hit “Gyal You A Party Animal,” Jamaican dancehall artist Charly Black releases his debut EP So Many Reasons today, available on Aftercluv, Universal Music’s Latin America dance music division.
Charly Black is no stranger in bridging the gap between the Jamaican dancehall, reggaeton and Latin trap. His forthcoming EP So Many Reasons is a culmination of Caribbean & Latin American dance showcasing their natural synergy. On the new EP, he tapped a diverse roster of talent from both worlds, including Spanish DJ and record producer Sak Noel, Columbian superstar and songstress Greeicy, Jamaican Grammy-winning artist Sean Paul and Miami-based multi-platinum hit maker Scott Storch.
His long-standing history crossing these musical borders started when Black broke the record as the first Jamaican music artist to go diamond in Central America for “Gyal You A Party Animal.” The “King Of Reggaeton” Daddy Yankee and American-Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi both put their spin on Black’s anthem. Today, the song has almost 500 million combined Spotify streams for the original version (200m) and its remixes with Daddy Yankee (231m) and Luis Fonsi (43m). Its video is also approaching 200 million YouTube views. Earlier this month, he was one of the few guest features on Columbian pop star Maluma’s ’s latest album. They created the song “Love”.
Now as Charly Black readies his first body of work So Many Reasons, he pushes the boundaries once again. Whether it is intimate odes to love like on “Treat,” “So Many Reasons” and “Don’t Wanna Let You Go” or feel-good party tracks like “Diggy Dee” and “Ravin’,” every song captures the vivacious energy of the dancefloor that traverses beyond any cultural and geographical borders.
Listen to EP here:
About Charly Black:
Born Desmond Mendize in Rio Bueno, Jamaica, Charly Black started his ascent at singing competitions at the age of five. In the early 2000s, he joined Jamaica sound systems Warlord International and Bass Odyssey. He recorded his first single “Woman It’s You” in 2004 under the moniker Tony Mentol and has churned out over 20 singles since his debut, now known as Charly Black. He created a legion of fans in his native country and grabbed the attention of reggae and dancehall fans worldwide with his 2012 hit “Whine & Kotch” featuring the belated J Capri. VICE raved “hearing this tune loud on a fully rigged up soundsystem is insane—the weight and energy is endless.” It was not until around 2016 when his 2014 recorded “Gyal You a Party Animal” on Kurt Riley’s Jambe-An riddim gradually spread outside dancehall to win over new markets and hit (RIAA) gold status. He was crowned “dancehall loverman” by The FADER. In 2018, he signed to Aftercluv / Universal Music and today releases his debut EP So Many Reasons.