Origin: Barbados, St. Lucia, Nigeria
City: London, United Kingdom
About the Artist:
Born and raised in London by parents of Nigerian, Bajan and Lucian heritage, Chardanai always had a keen interest in music, composing and singing. Musical influences on constant rotation in the household ranged from Fela Kuti, Zairian music, Disco, Rare Groove, Calypso, Old Dancehall, Lovers Rock, Reggae to James Brown (Funk).
While at primary school as shy as she was, Chardanai learned to play various instruments and taught her classmates to play songs. She would then compose and arrange all the elements of the song, from the bass to the melodies and perform in assemblies and church festivals for the school.
At the age of 14 Chardanai decided to enroll on various music courses and received her first certificate in Music Technology. She also joined a gospel workshop run by the London Community Gospel Choir. When she played them her version of a reworked hymn, they loved it so much they included it in a prestigious show held at the Hammersmith Town Hall, London.
She continued to hone her musical education and skills, by immersing herself in a variety of international genres, instruments and compositional styles at the Royal College of Music, London. She then went on to gain further qualifications in Music & Music Technology Production from various institutions.
Chardanai has a huge passion for music, particularly Soca, Zouk and ‘music that makes you move’. Her first release in 2007 was the infectious ‘Spread Love’. Promoters and Radio DJs soon caught on to it and Chardanai quickly gained support from the likes of Martin ‘Soca Prince’ Jay (Choice FM), D.Tee (BBC 1xtra) and QT2Hype (Bang Radio).
Having had a successful career thus far, performing across Europe and the Caribbean, Chardanai has definitely set a benchmark for other young upcoming UK Soca artists.
Facebook-Like Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChardanaiMusic/
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwMbrOR9Lao
LIVE IMPRESSION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OkYeWURivo (Chardanai – down deh)
Related Song on the Blaze a Trail Mix by Dj Mika Raguaa:
Chardanai - see mi deh (on di road) (UNITED KINGDOM, 2012) – Riddim Up Production