Clinark

Clinark

 London, England, GBR
BandPopReggae

Clinark - 'The Reggae Torch'. Sure to light up any stage with his capitivating and spiritual delivery. Clinark has an incredible vocal range allowing him to cover great songs from Michael Jackson to Bob Marley and to cap it all he is an accomplished songwriter and seasoned perfomer.

Biography

Clinark - The Reggae Torch

Biography (Short Version 2013)

UK based Reggae singer, songwriter and producer, Clinark, is known as The Reggae Torch. Clinark (pronounced Klin_ark) real name Clinarke Dill , started out as a singer and musician (keyboard & drums). He was born on the British colony of Bermuda. He sang and played keyboards and drums. for top bands, firstly, Youth Creation,(1982 -1990) which he co-founded, then, Studio Six (1990 to 1993) and Jahstice,(1994 -1998). The bands opened shows with Aswad, Third World, Steel Pulse, Dennis Brown, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and more. A chronic bout of vertigo caused Dill to turn his back on music in 1999.

Dill was encouraged to return to music in 2004 'He wrote and recorded the vocals for a song called 'Dem Come' (2004) under the name of 'Dill-in-Jah, this was for UK label Dread Unity. It was a hit on the underground UK dub scene. He accepted an invitation to record in London and moved to the England in 2005 and formed the independent record label, Nurture Projects Music, with his management and began writing songs for his album project.

In February 2006, Dill joined a small concert tour with Zema and Dutch Reggae band. This allowed him to release his first album, Clinark Live in Holland with Poormanfriend Band. Dill continued to write more songs, a mixture of Culture ,social commentary, ballads and Lovers Rock. This became his debut studio album Journey to Foreign. (2008) . He worked with producers Mafia & Fluxy, guitarist Stanley Andrew and Matic Horns, and Dilly at Stingray Studios in London. The 20 track album included collaborations with Maxi Priest with the song Better Tomorrow receiving a nomination as 'Song of the Year (2009). He also collaborated with Richie Spice, Luciano, Kofi, Brinsley Forde (Aswad) Irie Love, Fantan Mojah and Gramps and Peetah Heritage and Troy Anthony.

In 2009, Dill released the Jackson 5 Classic,Ill Be There, featuring Adele Harley .It was released just 4 days before Michael Jacksons death in June 2009. The song became his first tribute to Jackson . Dill said I was devastated that Michael passed and decided to release another single i 'Smile' (2009),which was one of Michaels favourite songs.This was recorded at Blue Pro Studios in London.

Fans contacted Dill on Facebook and Twitter with more requests for Jackson covers, that he was persuaded to put out a whole album of songs. This was called A Tribute to Michael Jackson - A legend and a Warrior (2010). He produced the album himself , working again with Mafia & Fluxy and guitarist Stanley Andrew and recorded at Stingray Studios. The 18 track album covers songs with what Dill calls a'Reggae Twistand two acoustic mixes. This includes two previously released singles: and You Are Not Alone, ( 2010) and I Just Cant Stop Loving You (feat.Elaisha Santana)(2010). This album was also nominated for British Reggae Industry Awards (BRIA) in the Best British Album category. Portugals radio show Zona Reggae voted the album' 'The Peoples Choice Number One album for 2011.

Also In 2011, the success of Dills work prompted a release of Journey to Foreign - Deluxe Edition which included the addition of unreleased dub versions. The album was also nominated in the Best British Album category, (BRIA).

Dill released the single .'Babylon City' (2012) a self-penned conscious Reggae song spawned by UK summer riots.In the same year, He worked with a Track from House of Riddiim in Austria. at Blue Pro Studios. In February 2013, Dill released a new EP, They Dont Care About Us - A Tribute to Michael Jacksonand a new music video. The song is a new Remix of his previous cover.This features a new Dub and an instrumental version recorded at Blue Pro Studios, Clinark continues to write & perform songs.

Lyrics

Beautiful Island

Written By: Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards

©2004

I left a beautiful island
To come and seek you out
Wanna know, if you need me
And that’s without a doubt

My City Girl
You got me in bind
I need to give you some feedback (oh well)
I made up my mind

I’ve left a fruitful land
To pursue my happiness
My heart is in your in your hands
Can’t stop this craziness

Remember how we sat and talked
Under the tree on the sands
Didn’t know this could happen to me
My heart was in the land

How can I survive the city
All pollution and distress
I’m feeling something lasting
My heart, you will possess

So now you’ve captured me
And drawn me into your den
Have all my loving
I will be with you till when

Oh my beautiful Island,
My warm and fruitful land (warm and fruitful land)
Farewell for now, I will return
To you from foreign land (yeh)

Repeat.

Ends

Life in the Ghetto

Written By: Clinarke Dill & Juliet Edwards

© 2005

(Oh lord, yes oh lord,
Oh lord, yes oh lord,
Oh lord, yes oh lord,
Oh lord, yes oh lord,

I’m standing on the corner
Trying to sell a ware,
Look man don’t test me
See if I care,
Hey brother, give me what u got
Few pounds? Is that a lot?

Chorus:
Life in the ghetto,
It’s controlling my mind
I m free, I’m free yeah
But this freedom is just so unkind.

Life in the ghetto,
It’s controlling my mind
I m free, I’m free yeah
But this freedom is just so unkind.

I hear my momma calling
‘You know you got to stop!
Just waiting for the day,
They going to make to me drop.

Chorus
Life in the ghetto,
It’s controlling my mind
I’ m free, I’m free yeah
But this freedom is so unkind.

They don’t know ‘bout reality
It’s my business you see
Does any one in this world care bout me,
Momma, I can’t be the man, you want me to be

I’m no textbook son,
I’m schooled in life’s streets
Can’t tell you bout the characters,
You would never wish to meet

Life in the ghetto,
It’s controlling my mind
I’m free, I’m free yeah
But this freedom is so unkind.

Great memories of my childhood days
Neighbours looked out for me
Now can’t sleep at night - agents and enemies
District disputes - status and territories.

Long day dreams, of where I want to be
Wanna travel, to many lands and over seas
Now praying I can deal, with life’s brutality.
Every other day, facing mortality

It doesn’t to be this way
But have to pay the rent
Only thing that can save me,
Must be heaven sent.

Chorus
Life in the ghetto,
It’s controlling my mind
I’ m free, I’m free yeah
But this freedom is so unkind.

End


Runaway

Written By: Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards


© 2004

Intro/ Chorus
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
All over town
All over town

1ST Verse
I can’t give you diamonds
Can’t give you pearls
Can’t give you everything
You want in this world

I gave you my love
I gave you my heart
I was true to you
Right from the start

Chorus
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
All over town
All over town

2nd Verse
Say you want a new space
Say you want a new life
All I wanted you to be
Is my wife

Chorus
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
All over town
All over town

3rd Verse
What about the children
What of them now
Let’s stop the fussing
Let’s stop the war
Let’ stay together
And start it once more

Chorus
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
How come now you want to run away
All over town
All over town

Ends

Dem Come

Written By: © CLINARKE DILL AKA DILL-IN-JAH

(c) 2004

INTRO:
SENDING A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THIS WORLD
SENDING A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THIS WORLD

CHORUS:
DEM COME, COM WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR AMMUNITION
DEM COME, COM WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE WOMAN AND THE LITTLE CHILDREN

1ST VERSE:
SO MANY PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERYDAY
SO MANY WORD LEADERS ARE LEADING US ASTRAY
SO WHY THERE IS SO MUCH BLOOD SHED EACH AND EVERY DAY
READ YOUR SCRIPTURES AND GO ON YOUR KNEES AND PRAY

CHORUS:
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR AMMUNITION
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE WOMAN AND THE LITTLE CHILDREN

2ND VERSE
PRESIDENTS AND WORLD LEADERS CREATED TOO MUCH WARS
WE THE PEOPLE CAN’T UNDERSTAND
WHY DON’T YOU STOP AND LISTEN AND REALLY TAKE A PAUSE
INSTEAD OF KILLING AND LOOTING LAND THAT’S NOT EVEN YOURS

CHORUS TWICE:
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR AMMUNITION
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE WOMAN AND THE LITTLE CHILDREN

I’M SENDING A PRAYER
I’M SENDING A PRAYER
FOR THE LITTLE CHILDREN, YEAH, YEAH
SENDING A PRAYER
SENDING A PRAYER
SENDING A PRAYER
FOR THE LITTLE CHILDREN

CHORUS TWICE:
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR AMMUNITION
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE WOMAN AND THE LITTLE CHILDREN


3RD VERSE:
NATIONS SHALL ARISE UP AND FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS
NATIONS SHALL ARISE UP AGAINST INJUSTICE
SO MANY PEOPLE DOWN THERE NEED SO MUCH CARE
SO MANY PEOPLE TRYING TO INVADE YOUR TERRITORY

CHORUS TWICE:
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR AMMUNITION
DEM COME, COME WITH THEM BAD MAN WEAPONS
KILLING THE WOMAN AND THE LITTLE CHILDREN

ENDS

Life in the Ghetto ( Remix) Clinark Ft Gramps Morgan & Peter Heritage

Written By: (C.Dill/JL Edwards/R. Morgan/P. Morgan)Nurture Projects BMI/ASCAP/ACOA/Heartical

Lyrics

(Original song ‘Life in the Ghetto was first published on ‘Clinark Live in Holland Album,
© 2006)

Intro:
Hey yeah a Peter Heritage & Gramps Morgan, yeah
And now we come fi sing longside Clinark,
Long side Clinark we talk (Gedion)

Oh lord, yes oh lord,
Oh lord, yes oh lord,
Oh lord, yes oh lord, (Yes)
Oh lord, yes oh lord, (Yes)

First verse
I’m standing on the corner trying to sell a ware,
Look man don’t test me, see if I care,
Hey brother, give me what u got
Few pounds? Is that a lot?

Chorus: Repeat
Life in the ghetto,
it’s controlling my mind
I’m free, I’m free yeah
But this freedom is just so unkind.

Living in the ghetto it nah pretty
To survive in it you have fi witty (repeat)

Chorus

3rd Verse
Life in the ghetto, we learn to make something from nothing,
And with nothing to lose everything we gain is a blessing,
Some have so much to spare, while so many are hungry out there.
This is life in the ghetto, this is life but still.
As long as we live we’ll hold firm
We’re sure one day the tables must turn

Chorus

4th verse
Great memories of my childhood days
Neighbours looked out for me (looked out for me)
Now can’t sleep at night, agents and enemies (enemies)
District disputes, status and territories.
Long day dreams, of where I want to be (where I want to be)
Wanna travel, to many lands and overseas (overseas)
Now praying I can deal, with life’s brutality
Every other day, facing mortality.

As long as we live we’ll hold firm
We’re sure one day the tables must turn (repeat)

Chorus

Life in the ghetto, (oh)
It’s controlling my mind (my mind)
I’m free, I’m free yeah (I’m free)
But this freedom is just so unkind
What we say, (Clinark, say.)
Its ruff, its ruff and tuff (Gedion)

Outro:

Nowhere TV (Clinark Feat. Fantan Mojah)

Written By: Nowhere TV (Clinark Feat. Fantan Mojah)


2. No Where TV
Intro: Oh Yah, Oh Yah, Oh Yah (rpt)
Clinark and Fanton, but de fire still strong.

First Verse
Your life is not a computer game (No computer game)
Worshiping No Where TV
Heading for No Where fame (Righteousness)

Chorus
Oh my youth of today
Don’t forget the fight (Focus and be wise)
Oh my youth of today
Don’t forget our plight (Never you forget)

2nd Verse
Have you ever heard of
The No Where video game?
It leaves you with no control
And locked up in jail.

Chorus
Oh my youth of today
Spitting hatred and pain
Fighting the systems everyday
Try to put those images away

3rd Verse
So what about the positive vibe what dem
Fi teach the youths dem
The children are the future, better set a better trend
Babylon no badda confuse dem
With your computer chip
And your microchip dem.
What about the children of the king
King Selassie I govern every ting
Marcus, him have de heart spring
A righteousness de youts bring. (Yeh Yeh)

Oh, good doctor, Doctor King
Martin Luther King

3rd Verse
Remember the fight for freedom and our cry for education.
Hear the cries of the refugees can’t you hear their pleas.
Can’t you hear their pleas?
Can’t you hear their pleas? Yah

6th Verse
Remember the journeys of old
Unshackle yourself from the remote control (So watch a now, big)
See yourself on No Where TV
You gotta deal with reality, deal with reality,
Deal with reality oh my bredren.

7th verse
Ghetto yout, no badda get caught up in dem mind game,
Don’t make dem catch you in dem swine game
Nuff a dem a want fi see de youts lame. Man a lion, tell dem, Rasta can’t tame
We bun fire pon the avenue, fire pon de lane
Judgement Babylon, you going down the drain,
Mi ites up de people inna Selassie-I name
Put my people in the Hall of Fame.

Chorus
Oh my youth of today
Hook: We got to keep on trying,
(Keep on trying) we got to keep on trying,
We’ll make it somehow some way.
We keep on trying, we gotta keep on trying
(Keep on trying) keep on trying (rpt)
Keep on trying, we gotta keep on trying, (Don’t forget. Don’t forget.) (Rpt)

The battle, the battle is now to be won, keep on trying
Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther, Bob Marley,
(Keep on trying) Clinark and Fantan

Babylon City

Written By: C.Dill & JL Edwards

Babylon City
(c) 2010 Clinarke Dill, J L Edwards, Nurture Projects , Sam Gilly, House of Riddim, Crisis Riddim

Intro:

Intro;
Hear dem cry
Message to the most high
Wow wo yeah
Hear dem cry
Can't you see
Can't you see
Give them inspriration
I can see
what a pity

Chorus:
Can’t you see what a gwan in a Babylon City?
Oh yeh
Can’t you see what a gwan in a Babylon City?
Oh Yeh,
Can’t you see what a gwan in a Babylon City?
What a Gwan, What a Gwan

Verse 1.

Warriors don't fear the night
Trouble follows, there's a fight
Wicked give sufferer's pain
Love is wasted, there's no gain

Chorus

Verse 2

Victms shouting out
Mothers and Fathers crying out
Oh the generation of today
Help the lost to, find their way.

Chorus

DJ part

City alight with the youth dem fight
Taking all they could on a summer night
lost all hope, they have no fear
Tomorrow they'll be scattered, no one cares

De youth need guidance
Give them protection
Give them inspiration
Thats the only solution

De youth need guidance
Give them protection

Fades

Discography

They Don't Care About Us - Tribute to Michael Jackson (2013).EP Digital Download.
Babylon City (2012) MP3 Single.
Journey to Foreign Deluxe Edition Album Digital Format (Nov 2011).
Tribute to Michael Jackson a Legend and a Warrior CD Digital Formats. (Dec 2010).
I Just Can't Stop Loving You- MP3 Single(June 2010).
You Are Not Alone- MP3 Single. (June 2010).
SMILE - CD/MP3 Single( Dec 2009).
I'LL Be There - CD/MP3 single(July 2009).
Album: Journey To Foreign CD Format (Nov 2008)
Tracks
1. Life In The Ghetto Remix Clinark Feat. Gramps Morgan & Peter Heritage
(C.Dill/JL Edwards/R. Morgan/P. Morgan)Nurture Projects BMI/ASCAP/ACOA/Heartical

2. Nowhere TV (Clinark Feat. Fantan Mojah)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards/O.Moncrieffe)Nurture/BMI

3. Aint That Something (Clinark)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards)Nurture/BMI

4. Living In Concrete Jungle (Clinark Feat Richie Spice)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards/ R.Bonner/M.Bonner)Nurture/Universal

5. Journey To Foreign (Clinark)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards)Nurture/BMI

6. Choices (Clinark)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards)Nurture/BMI

7. Angel Eyes (Clinark)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards/L.Heywood/D.Heywood) Nuture/BMI/Mafflux Songs

8. As A Man I Weep (Clinark Feat. Maxi Priest)
MAXI PRIEST & MAX ELLIOTT appear Courtesy Of Level Vibes Records Ltd.
(C.Dill/JLEdwards) Nurture/BMI/ Level Vibes Records Ltd. (COSCAP)
Vocal Production (Maxi): Livingstone Brown at The Boogie Lab

9. Beautiful Island Remix (Clinark) (C.Dill/JLEdwards) Nurture/BMI

10. Sign Of The Times (Clinark Feat Troy Anthony)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards) Nurture/BMI

11. Colonized Remix (Clinark)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards)Nurture/BMI

12. Vision (Clinark
(C.Dill/JL Edwards)Nurture/BMI

13. Oh What A Blessing (Clinark)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards) Nurture/BMI

14. Brown Eyes (Clinark Feat Kofi)
(C.Dill/JL Edwards) Nurture/BMI/Mafflux

15. Runaway Remix (Clinark)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards)Nurture/BMI

16. Dem Come Remix 2008(Clinark)
(C.Dill) Nurture/BMI

17. Glorify (Clinark Feat. Luciano)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards/ J.W. McClymont) Nurture/BMI/Jahmessenjah

18. Its True (Clinark Feat. Irie Love)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards/I.Richards)Nurture /BMI/ ASCAP/Irielove Music

19. Inspiration Prayer Remix (Clinark Feat. Brinsley Forde)
(C.Dill/JLEdwards/B.Forde)Nurture /BMI/ASCAP

20. Lords Prayer Remix
(Clinark)Trad/Music Arranged by C.Dill) Nurture/BMI

Album: Clinark Live in Holland with Poor Man Friend Band
Venue: Groene-Engel, Oss, Holland, May 5th 2006.

Label: Nurture Projects
Released Dec 2006 Format: CD & MP3
Tracks:
1. HEATHEN (R. Marley)
2. DEM COME (Clinarke Dill)
3. LIFE IN THE GHETTO (Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards)
4. RUNAWAY (Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards)
5. COLONISED (Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards)
6. BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards)
7. FIRE BUN (Written by Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards)
8. INSPIRATION PRAYER (Clinarke Dill & Juliet L Edwards)
9. LORDS PRAYER (Trad/Arrangement by Clinarke Dill)

Single: Dem Come
Written by Clinarke Dill -Sung under the name of 'Dillinjah'
Released: 2004
Label: Dread Unity

Album: Jahs on our Side Format: CD
Youth Creation Band
Released 1987
Label: EDMAR
8 tracks on the album
Clinark wrote these 4 songs and sang as lead.

1. The love that I feel
2. We must fight against apartheid
3. World-wide problems.
4. Drug Population

Single: Come In a De Land Format :( Vinyl)
Youth Creation Band
Released 1985

Set List

A Typical Set would be ( As per Live album)
1. JAMMIN
2. LIFE IN THE GHETTO
4. THEY DONT CARE ABOUT US
5. ANGEL EYES
6. HEAL THE WORLD
7. ILL BE THERE MJ TRIBUTE
8. Aint that something/Living in a Concrete Jungle
9. INSPIRATION PRAYER

This set is 45 to 50 mins

Typical covers are songs by
Michael Jackson/Jackson 5
Ill be there,heal the world,they dont care about us,shes out of my life,Heart break Hotel,and Much More

Bob Marley - Heathen, No Woman No Cry,
Jammin, Roots Rock Reggae, Forever Loving Jah, Is this love, War,

Aswad: African Children, Gave you my love. I need your love. Don't turn around. Roots Rocking. Rebel Soul.

Steele Pulse: Rally round. Bodyguard. Raid Blues Dance. Soldiers.

Garnett Silk - Bless Me, Momma Africa, Kingly Character

Luciano: Sweep, Over My soul, Good God

Everton Blender: Lift up your head. Come in Harder

Anthony B: Raid the Barn

Frankie Paul: Sarah, I know the scor