Conscious reggae singer Windel Beneto Edwards, is better known by his stage name Gyptian. The well known roots reggae artist allegedly gained his nick name by tying his shirts around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptian Pharoah. Popular within the reggae sub-genre of lovers rock, Gyptian has been a well liked reggae artist ever since gaining significant exposure with his 2010 crossover hit “Hold Yuh”. The song peaked at 91 on the The Billboard Hot 100 and number 33 on The Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts. It went mainstream after the release of the official remix with Hip Hop royalty, Nick Minaj.
Gyptian has enjoyed global success, as his popularity grows overseas in places such as the UK, Canada, Belgium and even Costa Rica. What makes us really love him are his humble beginnings in St. Catherine, Jamaica. The singer was born to a Seventh-Day Adventist mother and a Rastafarian father. With diverse religious influences, Gyptian found his first musical direction from the church choir. When his parents introduced him to a local record producer, he began to really hone his craft and develop his signature sound. In 2004 he won a Star Search competition in Portmore, St. Catherine, which earned him a spot on one of Jamaica’s largest reggae platforms, the far reaching “Sting” stage show.
2015 has been a good year for the reggae sensation. He recenly debuted a hip reggae inspired clothing line, under his official company name Chief Music. Chief Music is his own company, which he promotes regularly on social media. Gyptian is currently on tour, and will be performing next in San Jose, Costa Rica on July 11. He’ll make his way to the West Coast on Friday July 17 for a performance in Richmond, CA with Barrington Levy and Beenie Man. Get tickets here!
In May, Gyptian released his latest EP “Pop Reggae Style” which is currently available on iTunes. His latest single “All on Me,” appears on Reggae Gold 2015. See the official video here on KingstontoLA:
Featured image courtesy of Gyptian’s Facebook profile.