Miguel Orlando Collins (born 17 April 1976), known by his stage name
Kalonji or Sizzla, is a Jamaican reggae musician. He is one of
the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae
artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2018 he
has released 56 solo albums.
1.2 Judgement Yard
1.4 Motorcycle accident
4 External links
Sizzla was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to devout Rastafari movement
parents. Like them
Sizzla subscribes to the Bobo Ashanti branch of
the Rastafari movement. He was raised in August Town, Kingston,
Jamaica where he studied mechanical engineering at Dunoon High School.
Sizzla began to develop his own style whilst serving his musical
apprenticeship with the Caveman Hi-Fi sound system. He has used his
music as a vehicle for his message, kickstarting his recording career
in 1995 with a release through the Zagalou label, he then teamed up
with "Bobby Digital" Dixon for a series of singles. Extensive
touring with fellow
Xterminator label mate roots and culture artist
Luciano followed, earning
Sizzla notoriaty .
Homer Harris, the same man who named and mentored
Buju Banton got him
his first break, introduced
Sizzla to top Jamaican saxophonist Dean
Fraser, the musical director for Philip "Fattis" Burrell's Xterminator
Family. 1995 marked an important turning point for
Sizzla when he
began working with Fattis. This union led to a run of successful
singles and the release of Sizzla's debut album, Burning Up.
The two allied again a year later with the follow-up, Praise Ye Jah
Praise Ye Jah was quickly trumped by his release of the
Dixon-produced Black Woman & Child that same year. The title
track was a smash hit and became something of a cultural reggae
Sizzla scored several more hits during 1997, including "Like
Mountain," "Babylon Cowboy," "Kings of the Earth," and the Luciano
duet "Build a Better World". This hot streak kicked off an
enormously productive recording binge that lasted over the next
several years, with much of his output still done for Burrell.
Along with universal praise came Sizzla's first nomination for Best
Reggae Artist of the Year at the 1998
MOBO Awards and a
place in various magazines' top 100 albums of the year.
since released several dozen albums, including 1998's Kalonji and
Royal Son of Ethiopia
Royal Son of Ethiopia from 1999. 1999 also saw him receive his second
Sizzla remains a constant presence in the reggae
charts worldwide. Currently,
Sizzla has 21 albums that have made it
onto the Billboard's Top
Reggae Albums music chart, the highest Words
of Truth, reaching the peak position of No. 5.
Sizzla Kalonji has released over 45 solo albums and over fifteen
combination albums, crossing different genres of Reggae. He has
started his own record company, Kalonji Records; which in a joint
Damon Dash Music Group and Koch Records, released the
album, The Overstanding, in November 2006. This was his third album
released through Kalonji Records; as well as Black History and
Sizzla, along with reggae recording artists such as Capleton, Norris
Man, Buju Banton, and Anthony B, are credited with leading a movement
toward a re-embracement of Rastafarian values in contemporary reggae
music by recording material which is concerned primarily with
spirituality and social consciousness, explores common themes, such as
Babylon's corrupting influence, the disenfranchisement of ghetto
youth, oppression of the black nation and Sizzla's abiding faith in
Jah and resistance against perceived agents of oppression.
Sizzla's 2008 effort, Ghetto Youth-ology, is produced by the Firehouse
Crew, the same who produced Sizzla's debut, Burning Up.
In 2013 he released the album The Messiah. In January 2014 it was
nominated for a Grammy Award, his first nomination.  In 2014 Sizzla
was featured in the song and video for Stephen Marley's single "Rock
His sons Raheem and Melech have followed him into a career in music,
working under the name Reemus K and Meleku.
Judgement Yard was established as a community centre in August Town,
an eastern suburb of Kingston, Jamaica, by
Although Judgement Yard is an organisation of sorts, it is also a
geographic location located at 41 August Town Road, which is where
Sizzla maintains one of his residences. Judgement Yard is also the
home of Kalonji's state of the art studio, as well as his record
label, Kalonji Records. As the owner and founder of the Yard,
Kalonji is responsible for many youths in the community of August
Town, as well as youths who come from other areas to seek assistance
and guidance in life as well as music. He is an influence to many.
Many of these same youths who are members of Judgement Yard fraternity
are musicians or have some direct affiliation with the music through
production works, artiste works, etc.
Sizzla has recorded songs
with the prominent artists in Judgement Yard, Joseph Shepherd, Bobo
David and G-Mac.
In February 2010,
Sizzla travelled to
Zimbabwe to perform at the 86th
birthday celebration of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
There was a near-riot during his performance, including beatings of
crowd members by police, causing
Sizzla to temporarily halt his
performance and ask the police to cease the beatings.
Later that year,
Sizzla was "rewarded" with a farm in the country,
with the artist stating he was "here to stay" in Zimbabwe. He also
voiced plans to begin an agro-business and build a recording studio in
the country. The moves were not without controversy, particularly
among Mugabe detractors who insisted he not perform for the
Sizzla refused to condemn Mugabe post-performance,
while insisting the land he received was not a reward from the
Zimbabwean government, but given to him by the local people in
appreciation for his performance. He also stated plans to eventually
Zimbabwe his permanent home.
On 24 August 2011,
Sizzla was hit by a bus while riding his motorcycle
along the Salem main road, near Runaway Bay in St. Ann, Jamaica,
leading to many false reports of the singer's death. He resumed
recording by the beginning of the following year.
Sizzla has faced backlash due to the anti-gay lyrics in some of his
recordings, causing the cancellation of many international concert
In 2004, he was barred from entering the United Kingdom for several
concerts. OutRage!, a British LGBT rights group alleged that some
of Sizzla's songs contain lyrics that advocate violence against LGBT
people. In 2007, Sizzla's concerts in
canceled after protests from
Stop Murder Music
Stop Murder Music Canada coalition.
Kalonji's song titled, "Nah Apologize", was recorded in 2004. In 2008
his visa was cancelled, preventing him from entering Germany after
performing half of his tour and he was sent back to the United States.
Sizzla maintains his stance that he is an artist using his creative
expression and freedom of speech but will speak out against injustice
where he sees it. In 2009 and 2010 several concerts in
Germany were cancelled after public protests against the concerts. In
2012 concerts were cancelled in
Madrid (Spain), Ghent, Belgium,
Stockholm, Sweden and Lisbon, Portugal after public protests.
Kalonji Muzik issued a statement after the cancellations that he
abides by the laws of every country that he performs in and is not
trying to invoke or incite violence against anyone.
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Sizzla discography at Discogs
Sizzla on Myspace
Sizzla article at Jamaican's Music
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