Reggae-dancehall superstar Chaka Demus has scored with, 'I'm In Love', featuring newcomer JoJo Mac.
The song, the lead single from his just-released album, Second Coming, popped up on the Mixx 102 New York Foundation Radio Network Top 30 music chart last week, jumping to number 29.
"I was kinda surprised when I got the news, but I had been getting a lot of positive feedback regarding the song from radio stations all over the world. So this shows that the song is connecting with international audiences," he said.
Chaka Demus donned his producer's hat for this solo-release project, so he feels a great degree ofpride for the project's success.
"Well, with this project, I wasdefinitely incontrol. Nobody couldtell yuh to do what yuh don't want to do ... everything work off my vibes, so the positive feedback gives me a lot of satisfaction," he said.
Being in control of Second Coming allowed Demus to select an all-starcast of first-ratemusicians such as Joshua Michael Manning,keyboardist Paul 'Wrong Move' Crosdale, guitarist Mitchum 'Khan' Chin, drummer Wilburn 'Squiddly' Cole, Jazwad,and bass player Danny 'Axeman' Thompson.
It was not all smooth sailing during production on Second Coming which began three years ago. At one point, Demus dropped eight of the tracks because he was not satisfied with their quality.
"After dat, mi jus' tek mi time an' mek sure mi get things right," he said.
Chaka Demus gets "things right" with standout tracks such as Miserable Woman, featuring Pliers and the lover's rock classic Baby Come Back, tracks thatmake this album a must-have for dancehall fans.
He makes an appeal for universal love with All A Wi, celebrates the gift of life with Life Is Good featuring JoJo Mac, and raises his voice in gratitude to the Almighty with Give Thanks. Chaka Demus turns back the hands of time on an uptempo dancehall beat with Big Party, where he reminisces on his champagne-splashing hard-partying days.
On this 14-track album, Chaka Demus does a number of combination songs as he experiments with different dancehall and reggae sounds, and the results are phenomenal,most notably with JoJo Mac. But he also teams up with talented newcomers such as Classical Eska, Alexis Layne, Kush-I for the ska-influenced Today's The Dayand Miss T, for well-produced tracks.
The album is released by the Fire and Ice label, co-owned by Chaka Demus and longtime friend Winston Solomon. It was Solomon who co-wrote Tease Me, one of the hit songs from All She Wrote, the 1993 gold album that launched the international careers of Chaka Demus and Pliers.
Produced by Sly and Robbie, Tease Me was among a record six songs from All She Wrote that entered the British national chart. The feat earned Chaka Demus and Pliers worldwide fame and a slot as opening act for UB40.
Chaka Demus and Pliers had successful solo careers before teaming up in 1991. Their first song together was the Ossie Hibbert-produced Gal Wine, one of the numbers that eventually made the British pop chart.
A string of hit singles followed - Murder She Wrote, Tease Me, Twist And Shout, Gal Wine, and many more. The album made number one in the UK. Twist And Shout landed the pair a spot in theGuinness Book of World Records.