Chaka Demus recovering after emergency surgery

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International recording artiste Chaka Demus, one half of the most
successful deejay-singer recording duo in reggae history Chaka Demus and Pliers, is recovering in hospital after a major life-saving surgical operation.

The deejay had gone to the Andrews Memorial Hospital last Tuesday for a routine check-up to prepare for an upcoming European tour. However, the attending physician immediately realized that the deejay was bleeding internally, and arranged to have a team of specialists perform emergency surgery.

“I was rushed into surgery, and I looked up and a team of specialists
surrounded me and then I was out,” Chaka Demus said.

He is now recuperating after the grueling four-and-a-half hour
operation that successfully stopped the bleeding.

It is not clear when the deejay, whose real name is John Taylor, will be released to recuperate at home, but he is thankful to members of the reggae industry and his fans for lending their support in his time of need.

“This was my first major surgery, and I just want to give thanks to
God Almighty, and to my fans. I had Pliers and my family and my
bredrin at my bedside, and mi give thanks for all the support,” he

Last month, Chaka Demus had reunited with his long-time friend and musical partner Pliers to record a new single called ‘California One
Night Stand’ on the Free People Entertainment label.

He apologized
for ‘scaring’ his fans and promised that he would be completing his album once he regains his strength.

“As mi recover, and get stronger physically, I am going to start
working on my album again. And make sure that certain that things I
used to do, I will stop…I am just sorry to have given my fans this
scare, ah my fault,” he said.

Chaka Demus admitted that health scare has strengthened his belief in a higher power.

"I knew there was a God from ever since, but now God ah show me some signs fi take care of myself.

Over the years, I have not taken the
best care of myself or done regular checks-ups but now I have learned
my lesson, I am going to change my lifestyle," he said.

The duo was the first Jamaican act to have three consecutive Top 5
hits on the UK Singles Chart.

The duo’s first hit, "Tease Me", stayed
in the Top 5 of the UK Singles Chart, for three months in 1993,
reaching number three in July of that year. They followed up that with the #1 hit, “Twist and Shout’, a cover of the Isley Brothers' single

that topped the UK Singles Chart in early 1994. The duo also scored
major hits on the UK top 20 charts with "She Don't Let Nobody" (UK #4), "I Wanna Be Your Man" (UK #19), and "Gal Wine" (UK #20).

Earlier this year, the duo filed a US$10 million lawsuit against
Universal Music for trademark infringement and unpaid royalties.