Genres: Soca / Calypso / Pop
About the Artists:
Charles is known for his writing and performance of the song “soca dance” released 1990 in Belgium. For seven weeks it was number one in the French and Belgian Charts gaining even gold records in both countries. The song entered the charts of other countries including the Top 10 in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. More than 2.5 million copies were spread worldwide.
His album “Do You Feel It” also reached number one in France and Belgium and emerged the 25th highest selling album on the European Top 100 album charts in 1990. The song “soca dance” has subsequently been recorded around the world in many languages. Of course he performed worldwide including even smaller Caribbean Islands.
In November 1990, Charles was granted The European Music & Media Diamond Award and in February 1991 he received the Ampex Golden Reel. Successes followed one after the other with his BMG Ariola releases “another friday night” and the Christmas-release “life is beautiful” which Charles wrote for his two sons Raphael & Jamal.
After completing a Diploma in Audio Engineering at the SAE Institute in Germany, Charles returned to the Caribbean. In his Barbados based RaGaCha Studios, he has produced several successful Caribbean groups & Artists including the Soca Ambassadors Square One. As a Mastering Engineer, Charles’s name appears on countless Albums, having given the final magic touch to many Hit Albums from some of the Caribbean’s Top Artists including Square One, Krosfyah, Traffic, Boogsie Sharpe and Coalition to mention a few.
In January 2006, Charles became the first recipient of the Barbados Music Awards' "Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Youtube Link (MUSIC VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WItoIUDCet8 (soca dance)
Other Music Releases
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZZSqaUA6sU (soca high)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf3ED8GU8io (soca city)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T0DaEWrwGc (feel so good)
Old TV performance Clip out of Belgium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mChckTdGCM
Related Song on the Blaze a Trail Mix by Dj Mika Raguaa:
Charley D Lewis - soca dance (bajan edit) (BELGIUM, 1990)