Chetenge (Che-ten-gae)(Mother of the Village)
Cheryle Clarke a.k.a. Chetenge was born in Mount Salem Montego Bay Jamaica, attended Anchovy Secondary School in her native parish St James.
In the ninth grade her singing talents came to the fore, as it was about that time as a member of her School’s Music Club her singing talent came out on show. Chetenge is no stranger to the performance arena in Jamaica, she worked the Cabaret Circuit on the North Coast and Negril and has graced the stage at Sum’Fest and done opening acts for the likes of Tony Rebel, Marcia Griffiths and Gregory Isaac, when the “Superstars” have worked in the Negril area where she now makes her home.
Chetenge is a versatile singer and performs not only the music of her homeland REGGAE, but during her cabaret shows at places like Sandals, Beaches Negril, Montego Beach Resorts, Bascobel and Point Village Hotel, Ballads, Jazz, Country and Western and Pop music complete her repertoire. Chetenge has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (J.C.D.C.) performing arts Competition and in 1981 she was the parish champion in the Pop and Variety Contest. In 1998 having gone professional six years earlier, she won the Montego Bay Song Competition.
Over twenty years of working as a professional singer has seen Chetenge mature into a fine performer. Stints with Roy Jackson’s Jazz band and Jackie Jackson’s Time Band has only served to strengthen her resolve. Audiences have warmed up to her every place she has worked.
In 1999 Chetenge decided to spread her wings far above the confines of Cabaret singing and participated in the National Festival song Contest with her entry song “Born Inna J.A.”. She emerged the winner for best song and writer. She is the second female singer and composer to have won this competition since its inception 1966.
Chetenge, Singer, Song writer and Arranger has co-produced her debut 'Roots and Culture' album “Borders”, A fusion of Afro Caribbean and Reggae music transcending barriers among people of all nations. “Spiritual, Political and Humorous”.
In 2008, Chetenge teamed up with British songwriter/producer (S.Tucker) to produce this latest musical offering, "Now's The Time", on the UKMusichouse label, demonstrating even further her ability to diversify her style successfully. The main version is a smooth RnB and the Remix is a contrasting Reggae Rub-a-Dub. (Please select the CD Baby link above for further details).
Chetenge is now ready for the International marketplace. She is strong, courageous, focused and puts no boundaries on her hopes for tomorrow.
|POSTED BY: EricLawrence||POSTED ON: 28 Jul 2008 07:28 PM|
“Now’s The Time” is the four-track CD single from female vocalist Chetengé that alternates between two genres that she clearly has her head around; smooth R&B and reggae. This single is broken down and remixed in four different ways – a smooth R&B vocal, an island reggae vocal, a hip-hop/R&B instrumental and a primarily instrumental reggae version with an occasional note or two from Chetengé. The song itself is catchy and clearly of single caliber, with the melodic chorus, “Now is the time to let my love be heard/I’ve waited in silence forever.” Chetengé’s vocals are versatile and sound natural when she matches both the R&B and reggae sounds. The single was produced by British songwriter/producer (S.Tucker) and all four tracks are well-mixed and of excellent quality. “Now’s the Time (Rub-a-Dub Mix)” uses a traditional reggae beat that gives a nice, relaxing island feel. “Now’s the Time (Rnb Instrumental)” highlights good production skills since it takes a break from the vocals and contains a nice hip-hop beat with R&B elements. As a CD single, “Now’s The Time” takes a catchy song and remixes it four times to show Chetengé’s vocal talents and the talents of the producer. For fans of female vocalists, smooth R&B and reggae, “Now’s The Time” to check out Chetengé.-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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