Multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer who blends classic soul vocals harmonies with cultural Reggae and Dancehall rhythms to create messages of love. Three-time nominee in the International Reggae World Music Awards (most recent in 2012).Share
Today's ideal artist is somewhat of a Renaissance person - one who can sing, write, produce and engineer and everything in between. Sadiki fits the bill, proving why he was nominated as the Most Promising Entertainer in 2007 and in 2012 by the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).
He was born Henry Buckley, in Rollington Town, Kingston, Jamaica. With a father, Henry Buckley, who was a singer/songwriter (Judy Mowatt Silent River). and the Music Director/Conductor for the Jamaica Constabulary Force Band, Sadiki was given no choice as to the career path that would later choose him. He migrated to the United States in the late 80s and settled on Chicago's northside. Through the influences of Reggae, R&B and Hop Hop, Sadiki has developed a vocal range and lyrical skills that brings together the best of both worlds. He landed a deal with the D'Arcy Wretzy (Smashing Pumpkins) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne / Ivy) owned label Scratchie Records, (distributed by Mercury Records). In 1997 his self-titled debut was released on Scratchie/Mercury under the name Pancho Kryztal.
In 1999, at the suggestion of reggae producer 'Computer' Paul Henton (Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff), he changed his name from Pancho Kryztal to Sadiki - An Egyptian name meaning faithful or loyal. In 2001 he scored a big hit with Gal Dem Everytime on the Buyout riddim for producer Tony 'CD' Kelly. He then met Reggae singer/songwriter Beres Hammond and was asked to add his vocals to a track at Hammond's studio. Within months of working alongside Hammond, Sadiki was selected as an opening act for the elder musicians Music is Life World Tour 2002. On tour with Hammond, Sadiki performed throughout the USA, Japan and the Caribbean. Between 2002 and 2006, Sadiki released six singles with the self-produced Pretty Girl entering the NY Top 30 Reggae Chart, peaking at #16.
In 2007, Sadiki scored another major hit with a remake of Robin Thicke's Lost Without You on the Taxi Riddim. The single entered the Bigup Radio, Florida Top 30, NY Top 30, X-News (JA), Weekly Star & UK (Newstyle Radio) charts, peaking at #1, #2, #4, #5, #7, and #8 respectively. After a successful 4-city tour of Japan in March of 2007, he was offered a licensing deal for that territory. His debut album Morning's Come was released in Japan in 2007.. Within weeks of its release, the album hit the #1 spot for reggae releases at HMV record stores throughout Japan, and charted within the top 5 at Tower Records. As well as being Sadiki's singing and songwriting debut, the album was also Sadikis producing and engineering debut, as he produced or co-produced each and every track. The US Version of Mornings Come, was independently released worldwide in the Fall of 2008.
Sadiki's album Lifeline (released 2010 - Skinny Bwoy/Joe Fraser) is international lovers rock at its finest. The album and its first single - African Queen, topped the Weekly Star Top 10 Chart, staying in the number one spot simultaneously for two weeks in a row. In the UK African Queen also hit the #1 spot on the BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10 Chart. Lifeline peaked at #2 on the New York Top 30 Reggae Chart and #2 on the South Florida Reggae Chart. A collaborative album Fi Di Dancehall with ace DJ Delly Ranx was released in February 2011. The first single from that album Jamaican Queen, has also hit the BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10 Chart. Sadiki recently added the title Artist Manager to his list of credentials, signing Reggae group CHALICE, Ska Legend Eric Monty Morris and Rocksteady giants The Tennors to management deals. In February of 2012 Sadiki scored his second BBC World Reggae Beat #1 with Before The Time which was written by Sadiki and produced by top reggae producer Kemar Flava McGregor (Etana, Sinead OConnor, The Green). Sadiki became a member of the legendary Rocksteady group The Tennors in April of 2012. In November 2012, Sadiki released his third solo album Jah Is The Only King. The title track from that album is Sadikis 3rd #1 on the BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10 Chart.
Through his travels throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Europe and the Caribbean he performed at events/venues such as Japan Splash, Reggae On The River (California), New Jersey Reggae Festival, The Theatre at Madison Square Garden (NY), International Festival of Life (Chicago), House of Blues (New Orleans, Los Angeles), Calgary Reggae Festival. He has shared the stage with Buju Banton, Gyptian, Ky-Mani Marley, Shaggy, Luciano, Wayne Wonder, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths, Leroy Sibbles, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Hepcat, Wailing Souls, Tony Rebel, Yaz Alexander among many others.