Bigga Haitian paving the way

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bigga_haitian.jpgHe is Haitian and is a hot Reggae artiste based in New York City. Bigga Haitian hails from a 'fiery land,' often characterized with turmoil. The general decline of political "correctness" in Haiti sometimes seems to be so tragic, that all good news associated with the country is refreshing.

Known as the first Haitian singer to break into the Jamaican reggae scene, Bigga Haitian has torn down national and cultural walls, paving the way for the next generation of Haitian artists.

A veteran of the stage for more than 20 years he has been featured with reggae legends like: Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Capleton, Cocoa Tea and Junior Reid, to name a few. Bigga broke into the hip-hop scene in the 90s, opening up for the Ruff Ryders, Lil' Kim, and Jay-Z at New York City's Randall's Island. Today's most talented Haitian artists, such as Wyclef Jean and Mecca - also known as Grimo, credit Bigga as an influence.

Today, the Haitian 'musical ambassador' continues to excel with the debut single "Gi Me Da Weed," from his soon to be released album, "Sak Pase" that is currently making waves. Produced by Brett, Marc, and Yvad (recent lead singer of The Wailers), "Gi Me Da Weed" is receiving strong support in clubs and on radio, achieving airplay on over 30 stations across the United States and Europe and generating huge sales on three continents. On the strength of the single, Bigga's profile elevated in 2007, when he was invited to perform with such reggae luminaries as Buju Banton, Shaggy and Capleton. He also headlined the Lake Worth Reggae Festival, an event that drew over 10,000 people.

Born Charles Dorismond in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Bigga comes from a musical family. His father, Andre Dorismond, was the lead singer of The Webert Sicot Group, pioneers of Haitian dance music known as Kompa. Bigga immigrated to New York City at the age of 8 and grew up amidst the pulsating rhythms of reggae music in the vibrant Jamaican community of Flatbush, Brooklyn. In 1981, Bigga saw Admiral Bailey perform his hit tune "Big Belly Man" at Manhattan's Reggae Lounge and realized in that instant that he was destined to become a reggae singer. It was at this moment that reggae sensation Bigga Haitian was born.

Many of New York's most notable venues have hosted Bigga's legendary performances including SOB's, The Apollo Theater, McCarren Park Pool, B.B. King's, The Lion's Den, and Galapagos Art Space. He has also performed at festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean, including a show hosted by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.

Bigga's first album, "I Am Back" features a remix of his dancehall anthem, "Haiti A Where Me From," which was a number one single on the Haitian charts, and is still a staple of Haitian radio to this day. He followed this success with his second release, "Binghi Mon," which includes "Tribute to Patrick Dorismond," featuring Barrington Levy's "Murderer" anthem. "Tributeā€¦" was produced by Jah Life, who also produced the original Barrington Levy recording. Bigga recorded two singles, "Red Carpet" and "Sexy Body" at Freddie McGregor's studios in Jamaica which were originally released on McGregor's Big Ship Records and later featured on Doctor Dread's RAS Records compilation Best of the Best, Vol. 5 Freddie McGregor Presents: Best of Big Ship 1. Bigga has also recorded tracks with artists like: Yvad, Ken Boothe, and Denroy Morgan.

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