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Ghetto Flex @ Caribanna

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Apr
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Ghetto Flex @ Viva City

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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http://wemagonline.blogspot.com/2007/08/we-spotlight-ghetto-flex.html

Hilton “Ghetto Flex” Dalzell has humbly offered his commanding vocals to audiences for years. The dreadlocked soca front man began singing publicly at age five. His is the rich bassy voice behind soca standards like Golo, Wine and Bend Over, and Soca Daddy. But now is the time for change. In an exclusive interview with, Ghetto Flex for WE Entertainment magazine, he announces his departure from Imij and plans for the future.

KR: When did you leave Imij and Co.?

GF: I already left de band. That happened [in April]. I left officially. I haven’t gone public with it yet. I was looking for the right time and the right medium which I think this is. Still it’s not public knowledge as such.

KR: Did you take anyone with you?

GF: No, I don’t think that would be a good thing. First and foremost, I never wanted to disturb de flow of de band. So, I left on my own. Leaving with somebody would be a very bad thing and I’m not about trying to harm de flow of it. Because the members of the band are my friends, you know what I mean?

KR: Why did you decide to leave?

GF: Well, a couple of personal reasons. Part of it was family reasons, family business. I had to go away for a while and take care of some business. You see being in a band is a lot of commitment where time is concerned. There are things that I want to start that I’m embarking on that need a little more time. So, I had to make my exit to start some other ventures.

KR: What are some of those ventures?

GF: I’m in the middle of planning the next year where the career is concerned. I am working on my album. I have more time to do that and also I’m embarking on [party] promotion a little bit. I just did my first little promotion [in May] which was really good. We go under the name Celebrity Events.
I’m known for doing collaborations with artistes here, which is something that wasn’t very popular in soca. And I am looking to stretch out to de international. I actually started working with a couple of international artists. I think soca has become very adaptable. Well music on a whole has become very adaptable. Everything is mixing, so I think it’s the perfect time to try and get it out. I’m doing some projects with international artists. I have some Canadian artists under my wing and plus some American artists.
I’m presently working with Studio 53 [recording reggae]. I’ve already started. That has always been a love for me. Being partly responsible for ragga soca, I feel responsible to be there ensuring that they move to the next step in developing our own reggae artists, which I think is a good thing. People may say that it’s not our culture, but I think reggae music is Caribbean culture. Trinidad does listen to a lot of dancehall and reggae, so it would be even better if we could listen to our own. So, I’m gonna to a couple of those too.


KR: I have heard rumours that you are starting your own band. Can you confirm that?

GF: Eventually that is what I’m heading to, but that wouldn’t be immediate because that takes some time and planning. That’s the reason I took the time. People might think that I just left the band to form muh own band. It’s not a matter of that. First, I have to develop myself as an artist again, as an individual artist and then, that would be the ending result then. That is what it will lead to.

KR: In regards to your personal performance, how would you say the 2007 season has been?

GF: It was fair. The band does a lot of the events in Trinidad. I think being in a band you don’t get time to develop personally. Remember you’re doing a lot of covers, and always on de road, which is not a bad thing financial-wise. But looking at personal growth, there wasn’t much time for that as such.

KR: Which of your musical contributions would you say best exemplifies your niche in soca?

GF: There’s no particular best song as such. I think it’s the overall personality, if I say that myself! Not wanting to be conceited or anything…de whole package. I would say I appeal to a broad audience from kids to mothers. I don’t want to say pop-oriented where soca is concerned, but I was responsible for the evolution of ragga soca.

KR: In your opinion, what is the greatest accomplishment of your career thus far?

GF: I think the main accomplishment is staying in de soca arena without having a major major hit every year. People look at de overall package, de performances, de songs. I did a lot of collaborations. I created a new kinda sound; Wine and Bend Over, Rock Your Body. These are songs that I was doing almost nine, ten years ago. And people still see interest in it, which I think is important because it shows longevity. The music lasts. I concentrate on making music that lasts. Not just a hit for this year. Daiz my main advantage. I can’t say anything until it’s done. Sorry.

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Posted by JEF at 7:04 PM
Labels: Issue 001, WE Spotlight
- WE Magazine


Discography

1993-"Golo", 1996-"Soca Daddy", 1996-"Voom Voom",1999-"Rock you Body"FT-Denise Belfon, 1999-"All Star Show"Ft-Buji, Ataklan,KMC, 1999-"Jamaican Lover" Ft-Tanya Stevens, 2000-"Wine and Bend Over"Ft-Denise Belfon,2002-"Carnival is Baccanal"Ft-Rocky, 2005"Wildness", 2006 "Commander", 2008-"Baby remix"ft Snow
(+ Many More Hits)

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The smooth enchanting voice of Hilton Dalzell adds an essence, which is echoed through each note.
Born September 14,1972 Hilton Dalzell Jr. also known as “Ghetto Flex” started his journey at the tender age of five guided by his farther Hilton Senior, an experienced singer songwriter. By the age of eight, he was awarded the crown of Junior Calypso Monarch in his native country of Trinidad where he was born and raised.
His journey since then has led him to many countries performing with many bands including, Second Imij, Qwestion, Roy Cape and the Kaiso All Stars and Imij and Co. and opening for such acts as Boys II Men, The Fugees, Faith Evans and Shaggy. Along the way he has created his own brand of music which he classifies as a fusion of Soca, dancehall with elements of Hip-Hop and RnB.
This formula has no doubt been impacted by the various musical influences in Hiltons life. Bob Marley, David Rudder, Michael Jackson, Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton are all artists who have helped Hilton shape his ever-evolving style and sound. Over the years he has enjoyed much success, as well as accolades, home and abroad for both his performance and writing skills. Best-engineered recording CMA, awards in New York City 1994 (Second Imij), Best New Group CMA awards in NYC 1995 (Second Imij), Best Ragga Soca Artist Miami Florida 1998, Reggae Soca Awards, Two Sunshine Awards NYC 1995 (Second Imij) are all honors bestowed on him.
Hilton has done this with songs like "Golo", "Single", "Na Na" (feat. Russell Cadagon), "Rock Yuh Body", "Wine and Bend Over" (feat. Denise Belfon), "Soca Daddy", "Voom Voom", "Carnival is Bacchanal" (feat. Rocky), "Jamaican Lover" (feat. Tanya Stevens), First Ragga Soca Combination "All Star Show" (feat. Ataklan, Bunji Garlin, KMC), "You Sexy Thing" (feat. Harry Toddler), "Ride With Me" (feat. Ce'cile), "Push It Push It" (feat. Scare Dem Crew, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler, Notty Cochy).
Hilton's tireless efforts and savage determination has earned this talented individual the respect and notoriety he now enjoys in his native country as well as around the world. He still has that hunger and drive every true artist is born with. He admits he receives the most joy on stage when the positive vibration from the audience is absorbed.