Popular Jamaican dancehall icon Elephant Man, also known as the Energy God (born O’Neil Bryan) has confirmed he is currently rehearsing for his best ever stage performance in Ghana during the BASS Awards scheduled for July 6, at the Accra International Conference Centre.
It would be the debut performance of the Energy God in Ghana and his spokespersons say the mega star is excited about the trip and the fact that he would be performing at an event meant to celebrate and award reggae and dancehall music.
Elephant Man would be one of the several international artistes attending the programme. Another name being speculated to be at the BASS Awards is Winston ‘Yellowman’ Foster, world-renowned Jamaican reggae (rub-a-dub) and dancehall deejay, widely known as King Yellowman.
The award ceremony is being organized by Rackus Productions in collaboration with Bullhaus Entertainment and Solid Multimedia to honour Reggae and Dancehall music stakeholders.
Elephant started out his musical journey as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He was later characterized for several trademarks, such as his dyed yellow-orange hair, his unique low-key voice, and his stage performance, which included jumping and running, or even climbing on stage props and monitors. His acoustic trademark is marked by a light lisp.
He had his first international recognition when he and Puma settled a contract for using his single ‘All Out’ for its Olympics commercial campaign in 2004.
He also had a song called ‘Willie Bounce’ that appeared on several mixtapes in early 2006. It sampled the first few bars from ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor.
Recently, Bryan signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released ‘Let’s Get Physical’ on November 6, 2007. The first single is called ‘Five-O’ and features Wyclef Jean. Another track on the album featured Diddy and Busta Rhymes and was produced by Cipha Soundsand Solitair.
Many of his songs are found on various Riddim Driven albums by VP Records and Greensleeves Records’ Rhythm Album series. He performs on popular riddims such as “Diwali”, “Coolie”, “Stepz”, and “Bubble Up.”
The Gully Creeper dance, for which Bryan created a song, was danced by Usain Bolt at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after winning the gold medal and breaking a world record in the 200 metre sprint.
Source: News One
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