Author Archives: Ellie Wood

Collie Buddz

American/Bermudian reggae singer Colin Patrick Harper, better known by his stage name Collie Buddz, was born in August 1984 in New Orleans, Louisiana and brought up in Bermuda. Losing his father at the age of four, Harper relied heavily on older brother Matthew as a role model, and it was Matthew who first introduced him […]

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Created in Isla Vista, a small college town in Santa Barbara, California, reggae group Iration started out playing their original brand of reggae music in other college towns across the state. Iration linked its name to its reggae roots – it is the ‘rasta’ way of using the word creation according to the Urban Dictionary […]

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Joss Stone

Born in April 1987, the Devon, England-born Joscelyn Eve Stoker – better known as Joss Stone – is a well-known soul singer, songwriter and actress. She started on her path to global stardom in 2001, aged just 13, when she appeared on a talent show hosted by BBC Television called Star for a Night. Stone […]

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DJ Snake

French DJ, rapper and producer DJ Snake – real name William Grigahcine – has been nominated for numerous Grammy awards for his eclectic mix of electronic and hip hop music. Born and brought up just outside Paris, DJ Snake burst onto the international music scene in early 2013 with his first singles, Turn Down for […]

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Major Lazer

Los Angeles-based record producer Thomas Wesley Pentz – better known as Diplo – created the electronic dancehall music group Major Lazer, releasing its first album in 2009. Originally comprised of four members including Diplo, Jillionaire, Walshy Fire and English DJ Switch, Major Lazer waved goodbye to Switch at the end of 2011. The remaining three […]

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Jamaican-American singer Omar Samuel Pasley, known by his stage name Omi, was born in September 1986 in Clarendon, Jamaica and relocated to Rochester, New York at the age of 15. Four years later, following the death of his aunt whom he lived with in the US, Omi returned to Jamaica where his musical talent was […]

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Better known by his stage name Silento, American rapper Ricky Lamar Hawk was born in January 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. Like The Weeknd, Silento began his music career by uploading a debut single, entitled Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) onto social media – firstly onto photo sharing site Instagram and then onto his YouTube channel in […]

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The Weeknd

Ethiopian-Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer Abel Tesfaye – known as The Weeknd – began his career when he anonymously uploaded a range of songs to video sharing site YouTube in 2010. Born in 1990 in Scarborough, Ontario, The Weeknd was buoyed by the success of his YouTube videos and released three nine-track mixtapes the […]

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