Reggae singer Cassafaya formerly known as Cassanova, is steadily carving a niche for himself on the international reggae music scene.
The talented singer/songwriter who originally hails from Fletchers Land in Kingston, began his career in the late 1990s.
"I've been in the business for a very long time paying my dues, I got my first hit in the late 90s it was a song called Babylon A Get Weak that was produced by Junior Reid. This was the first song that brought me real exposure as reggae artiste both locally and abroad," he said.
Despite the success with Babylon A Get Weak Cassafaya still did not achieve the success he desired. Not one to easily give up he continued to record for a number of producers including Isaiah Laing, Donovan Germaine and Rootical Records.
"Although I had a popular song I still didn't get the big break I wanted, but I didn't allow that to get me down. I kept on recording for various producers. I also took time out to sharpen my skills as a songwriter and vocalist. While doing this I also learned studio engineering and music production, all this helped me to become a much better artiste, said Cassafya," he revealed.
Persistence and determination would eventually pay off for Cassafaya who did not lose sight of his dreams despite the many obstacles he encountered over the years. By 2006 he visited the US for a series of shows as the opening act for popular dancehall artistes. That opportunity opened the doors for several other overseas engagements in places such as Japan, French Guiana, Suriname and Brazil.
"I will never forget when I travelled to the United States in 2006 I did several shows as the opening act on a tour and this lead to me doing shows in different countries all over the world because everywhere I perform the people love me. When I touch the stage I bring a lot of vibes and energy its always an unforgettable experience and that's what has opened the doors for me abroad and has kept me going," said Cassafya.
The year 2011 brought Cassafaya even greater success when he collaborated with the German singer Chris Toppa.
"In 2011 I met Chris Toppa, he came to Jamaica to visit me and we spent some time in the studio to write and record a couple songs together. One of those songs, a song called Give Thanks did very well in Germany. Both of us performed on Sting that year and the following year I went to Germany and a tour over there with him. Since then I have also done shows in France."
Cassafya is currently in Jamaica working on a number of projects. He is also promoting a brand new single called Unchain My Heart on the Hompaya imprint. The single, produced by Dutch producer Sandra Smits, is currently enjoying rotation on a number of local radio stations including IRIE FM.
"So far it's getting a lot of positive feedback, we are also getting ready to shoot a video for it," said Cassafaya.
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