Khamelien

Khamelien

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Damien "Khamelien" Rahim is a Pop/Reggae/Caribbean Recording Artist currently residing in Orlando, FL. Khamelien is a house favorite at Bob Marley's Cafe: Universal City Walk and has just released his debut album, "Never Say Never" containing 11 original compositions on Goin' Native Records label.

Biography

“Khamelien”, pronounced, (ke-me-le-an), like the reptile, grew up on the beautiful island of Trinidad. Born Damien Dominique Reid, “Khamelien” and his family struggled to make ends meet after his father left them with little more than a roof over their heads and moved to Canada. His family knew that no matter how bad things got, they always had each other and their friends and neighbors. The people of his small town would simply find ways to help someone in need. “When someone needed something and someone else had it, they gave it to them. That’s just the way it was” recalls Damien. “That’s how people showed love for one another”

Searching for a way to fit in to the diverse culture of the island, a young Damien studied the many musical rhythms that surrounded him. He learned to use these sounds to entertain himself and his family. While other kids his age were just hanging around and often got in trouble, he would take any opportunity he could to sing. He remembers singing in his church choir at the age of 7. Even though he was the youngest member of the choir, he was also one of the best singers. While everyone praised his talent, he was just happy being part of a group. He recalls how he would rush off after church to meet his friends and how they would spend hours singing the songs that were popular at the time. He learned to use music as a way to be accepted. Despite not having much money, he realized there was plenty to be happy about. He had family, and friends, and he had music.

Priding himself on always being able to adapt to any situation, especially musically, his friends quickly started calling him “chameleon”. He later changed the spelling, using “Kh” in keeping with Rastafarian tradition and ending it with “ien” as in Damien, his birth name.

Mired in poverty, "Khamelien’s" mother looked for a way out and a better life for her children, so she packed up their few personal belongs and headed to Brooklyn, New York. Although they had little in hand they brought plenty in their hearts. “Khamelien”, then a teenager, says that as he was leaving Trinidad, his friends all told him he should pursue his musical talents when he arrived in the states. These words of encouragement are what drive him today. Although he was uncertain of what lied ahead, he knew that he always had a song to sing and those songs contained a big part of him, his homeland. And so the journey along with a dream began for the youngster from Trinidad.

Upon arriving in New York, he spent a lot of time trying to hone his musical talents. He began writing his own songs and could often be found on the local street corners of Brooklyn and in Ozone park Queens, New York, singing and rapping with the local crowd. His style was unique. His songs were more R&B with some Ragamuffin (A form of Reggae) and a little street rap mixed in. This combined with a Caribbean accent made him stand out. His smooth and sweet voice started to get a lot of attention. He recalls how the people he hung around with would wait for him to show up; often so that they could impress a friend who had never heard him sing. He continued to work on his music and often entered music competitions. It was at one of these competitions that he was noticed by music producer, Dadu Pasquette, who brought him into the studio and helped him produce his first demo CD. This is when “Khamelien” began to think that maybe his dream could come true. This experience along with a later opportunity to work in a recording studio completed the picture for “Khamelien”. He now knew what he needed to do in order to become a complete artist. He needed to focus on the three key elements; the ability to write good songs, the ability to sing those songs, and the ability to record those songs. He was sure he could do all three.

It wasn’t until after 9/11, that he left New York and headed to Orlando Florida. There, “khamelien” began to work on his delivery and performance skills. He incorporated a “happy”, “easy” style he remembers feeling in Trinidad, with the “edginess” he acquired in New York. His first big break came when he landed a gig as the headliner at a popular Universal Studios night club. It’s there that claims to have developed what he calls “A party room” style that he describes “as a place where people have to find ways to fit in”. It’s the music that allows this to happen, he says. “It’s the sense that we belong that makes us feel good “. “It feels good to fit in”... Maybe we’re all Chameleons?

Lyrics

More Love - featuring Chris Kirkpatrick

Written By: Mike Bosch/Chris Kirkpatrick/Damien Rahim

More Love

Take a look into the world and can we see what¢s going wrong
So much war and so much crime, no love
So many wonder, many cry and many ask the question why
What are we going to do when it¢s all gone?

Yes, we need love on the increase and the violence to cease
Look within your hearts and you will see that it¢s here for you and me
You got to love your brothers and love your sisters and love your enemies
In this here times we got to come together and live in unity

And the whole world will be a better place
For you and me and for every race
Yes the whole world would be a better place

Take a look inside your soul and can we feel what¢s going wrong
So many lies, so many cry so many people die
And all my life I wish I¢ll see how I dream this world would be
More love peace and harmony wow wow wow

We need love on the increase and the violence to cease
Look into your hearts and you will see that it¢s here for you and me
You got to love your brothers and love your sisters and love your enemies
In this here times we got to come together and live in unity

And the whole world would be a better place
For you and me and for every race come on now

Nothing has changed
There's got to be a better way

Them need love in ah them hearts, them need love in ah them soul
Them need love to make the youths them change
Cause you see the youths out there struggle
And them shooting up them brother
Yes the youths them affee know what¢s the deal
The more times things rough and things hard
And they can¢t get out the rain
But if the leaders only try maybe they can stop the pain
But the more times they try, the more they stay the same
Does everybody thinks it¢s just a game

And the whole world would be a better place
For you and me and for every race
Yes the whole world would be a better place
For you and me and for every race come on now

Take a look into the world and can we see what¢s going wrong
So much war and so much crime,
We need more love.

I Like

Written By: Shaun Fisher/Damien Rahim

(Chorus)
I Really like the way you sing your song
And the way you move you know you turn me on
Can you tell me what's your name and where you're from
Cause boy you got me in
Total attraction

(Verse 1)
It's been ah long long time now said I and I coming
Paid my dues and me done do the famine choose not to loose so me had to learn the running’s on the low bubble hydro
it's been ah hard hard struggle trying to stay out ah trouble cause players try fee hate and them workers of the devil them copy my style but them not on my level
cause I make them uncomfortable
cause I man love to juggle I keep on moving keep on changing never same way and certain styles I gotta drop em for my ladies they like the hair they like the style they like it when I make the crowd go wild she said

I Really like the way you sing your song and the way you move you know you turn me on can you tell me what's your name and where you're from cause boy you got me in total attraction

I’m in the o down south where big things popping all night rocking party none stopping Trini boy smile catching girls like nothing cause they know I run the show me got Jah in ah me heart so me not afraid to run the city I’ll keep it nitty gritty
for those who try to trick me i keep it pumping keep it thumping keep it swinging keep it jumping for my people when I’m singing they like the hair they like the style the like it when I make the crowd go wild she said Khamelien we can have some fun (word) party all night till the dance cause I

I Really like the way you sing your song and the way you move you know you turn me on can you tell me what's your name and where you're from cause boy you got me in total attraction

ah where yuh from rude boy?
Trini island in ah the south wah they call Diamond ah what's yuh name rude boy? Khamelien’s what they call meh most ah meh friends call me D So what ah gwan rude boy?
Taking trips in the wips making hits for the chicks yaw so what you wanna do rude boy Get it!

I Really like the way you sing your song
and the way you move you know you turn me on
can you tell me what's your name and where you're from
cause boy you got me in total attraction
I Really like the way you sing your song
and the way you move you know you turn me on
can you tell me what's your name and where you're from
cause boy you got me in total attraction

Never Say Never

Written By: Dadou Pasquet/Damien Rahim

Some people say never say never
But I know we’ll be together again
Some day we will be together again
Woe oh oh darling

From the moment I saw your face
Memories I can’t erase
How I long for your embrace
And there is nothing I can do baby
Every time I tell myself
I can love someone else
But it’s like you hold my heart
Cause I can’t love without you baby

Some people say never say never
But I know we’ll be together again
Some day we will be together again
Woe oh oh darling

You are the only one
My only love is you (I know that true love cant done)
And without you
My heart’s off beat
My eyes won’t sleep baby
Sleep without you

Yuh see the wise man said fools fall in love
And the stars and the moon shine from above
Being with you is all I’m thinking of
And how your heart fits mine like ah hand in ah glove
Lonely days and nights wondering how you are
Memories of us cruising in the car
Oh baby love now I believe
That true love was meant to be cause

Some people say never say never
But I know we’ll be together again
Some day we will be together again
Woe oh oh darling

You are the only one
My only love is you (I know that true love cant done)
And without you
My heart’s off beat
My eyes won’t sleep baby
Sleep without you

You oh oh oh oh oh oh ah ah
Ah say me feel it in ah me heart
Feel it in ah me soul
Feel it in ah me body
tell the whole wide world
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ah ah
and no matter what they do
no matter how they try
no matter what they say
true love will never die

You are the only one
My only love is you (I know that true love cant done)
And without you
My heart’s off beat
My eyes won’t sleep baby
Sleep without you (ah say the wise man said fools fall in love)
You are the only one (ah say the stars and the moon shine from above)
My only love is you (I know that true love cant done)
And without you (lonely days and nights wondering how you are)
My heart’s off beat
My eyes won’t sleep baby
Sleep without you
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ah ah

Stray Away

Written By: Dadou Pasquet/Damien Rahim

Hear me now
Idle hands is the devils workshop
today you’re here and tomorrow you’re shot
Unfortunately it was my girl that day
up the block next to the park
where the kids always play play
ah ricochet that is what the cop said
I don’t know he was shooting after dread
Who robed that liquor store
I never seen him before
But now my girl is on the floor slain to death

Can we see what’s going wrong?
in this world today
We got to make ah change
Can we see what’s going wrong?
in this world today
We got to make ah change

stray away came and took my best friend
My bona fide sistrin and put her life to end
stray away came in to her life that day
With my bloody hands I held her head and said
Don’t go away (way)
Don’t go away (way)
Oh no oh woe oh
Don’t go oh woe oh

See mama said when you get that fork in the road
Take ah strait away I aint listen
Turn left then I strayed away
Cap the pistol hit the block cause it’s bubbling
Fein bringing constant cream when you’re hustling
Gotta get mine chilling in front ah the store
Liquor and fine wine
Without any notion of life that’s about to collide
One time scoping me creeping up approaching me
Pulled the burner close to me and lick ah shot

If their’s ah hand for the gun
Finger for the trigger
Bullet for the whole world
When everybody’s gone
What’s left to carry on?
If their’s ah hand for the gun
Finger for the trigger
Bullet for the whole world
When everybody’s gone
What’s left to carry on?

stray away came and took my best friend
My bona fide sistrin and put her life to end
stray away came in to her life that day
With my bloody hands I held her head and said
Don’t go away (way)
Don’t go away (way)
Oh no oh woe oh
Don’t go oh woe oh

She was the air that I breathe
Her smile shined like the sun
When we were together
We were like one
Now she’s gone I can’t go on
All this pain from the bullet of ah gun yo!
And what’s left for ah mother to do?
Her only child and she’s the age of sixty two
Lord, can some body tell me why?

If there’s ah hand for the gun
Finger for the trigger
Bullet for the whole world
When everybody’s gone
What’s left to carry on?

If there’s ah hand for the gun
Finger for the trigger
Bullet for the whole world
When everybody’s gone
What’s left to carry on?

stray away came and took my best friend
My bona fide sistrin and put her life to end
stray away came in to her life that day
With my bloody hands I held her head and said
Don’t go away (way)
Don’t go away (way)
Oh no oh woe oh
Don’t go oh woe oh

Shorty

Written By: Damien "Khamelien" Rahim

Shorty called me and she told that she wanted some more
I can’t control myself now I just can’t ignore
The way she move her body when she’s on the dance floor
Now she’s calling me and she’s telling me
I really wanna be with you
Really like the things that you do
I’m so in to you she said
I really wanna be with you
Really like the things that you do
I’m so in to you

I like the way yuh body move so sexy
Yuh know yuh put me in the mood so she text me
And even thou all her friends feel the same way
She don’t care cause she likes the winery
She likes to play to play with fire
She tells me I’m her hearts desire
She’s on the run flirting with rasta
Cause she know that I man do it faster yea

Shorty call me and she told that she wanted some more
I can’t control myself now I just can’t ignore
The way she move her body when she’s on the dance floor
Now she’s calling me and she’s telling me
I really wanna be with you
Really like the things that you do
I’m so in to you she said
I really wanna be with you
Really like the things that you do
I’m so in to you

Woe oh oh woe oh woe
Woe oh oh woe oh woe
Yea aye e yea e yea
Yea aye e yea e yea

Well I can tell by the things that you do
All the things that you say
baby girl I know you want more wine and
ever since that day when you came my way
now I see you every time I play hey
this sexy wine she loves it
the more she see the more she wants it
and every time she keeps fighting her feelings
I see that she feel it her eyes just reveal it
Now she’s telling me she wants more than seeing it
No baby girl you know me nag go conceal it
Wheel it and deal it I keep it real with
All of my girls and that’s how me seal it

Shorty call me and she told that she wanted some more
I can’t control myself now I just can’t ignore
The way she move her body when she’s on the dance floor
Now she’s calling me and she’s telling me
I really wanna be with you
Really like the things that you do
I’m so in to you she said
I really wanna be with you
Really like the things that you do
I’m so in to you

Discography

Khamelien - Never Say Never

Set List

All original:

Sexy Ladies
Stray Away
Never Say Never
Shorty
I Like
Blowhoe (Golddigger)
Fire & Ice
What is For you
Spanish Fly
Tonight
More Love - featuring Chris Kirkpatrick