Shango Trex

Shango Trex

 New York City, New York, USA
BandWorldReggae

It's feel good roots, reality lover's rock reggae music that uplifts your spirits with melodies, conscious lyrics and life's stories that's for all ages to enjoy.

Biography

Born Dennis Llewellyn, “Shango Trex” boasts a sound that is seasoned with experience. He has spent 20 years giving the fans what they want, but more so what they need. Years of touring on the world stage have given this reggae veteran a vocal prowess that is rarely seen in today’s reggae music. Lyrics, both soothing and hard-hitting are accompanied by the true musicianship of this multi-faceted reggae artist.
Shango Trex was given this royal moniker by a Yoruba priest who was impressed by his commanding stage presence and fiery yet humble nature. He found his passion for music while accompanying a childhood friend, Dexter, to classes at the National Cadet Orchestra. Though his first interest was in the horns section, this budding musician soon developed a passion for singing. Soon the group called, The Matchmakers, was born and Shango began to take himself seriously as a vocalist. He cultivated his voice diligently, first singing at Churches in central Kingston. Later while working, Shango rehearsed with White Squall, a vocal reggae band that practiced nearby. He also began to work closely with Freddie Brown who coached him vocally.
In 1985 Shango traveled to Westmorland where he linked up with Ninja Force Band. Shango’s talent made itself evident as he soon took over the spot as lead singer for the group. Ninja Force found themselves opening on tour for such reggae greats as Gregory Isaacs, Professor Nuts and the crowned Prince of Reggae, the late Dennis Emanuel Brown. With Shango at the helm, Ninja Force was so popular that they were asked to perform at Reggae Sunsplash for two years in a row, 1988 and 1989. Shango eventually settled in Japan after many years of touring. There he obtained a record deal as a solo artist with Avex Trax in 1991. Shortly after, Shango had the opportunity to open in Japan with Frankie Paul and in the USA for Luciano and Beres Hammond.
While a unique artist in his own right, Shango Trex gets his musical inspiration from a diverse group of artists; Bob and Dennis, of course, and also Smokey Robinson and The Stylistics. Shango Trex was so glad that he had the honor of sharing the stage with one of his musical mentors before his untimely death, the late Garnett Silk. “Garnett had a way of making everyone around him feel special”, Shango remembers. “He was a good man who made people feel so royal. He wasn’t just a gifted artist, but a humanitarian”. Through his production company Stashang Inc., Shango is intent on spreading love, light and Rastafari through the four corners of the globe. “No matter what obstacles we face in life we must stay strong, stay positive and strive for peace,” Shango explains. “We’re all in the belly of the beast. The only way for us to attain victory is through love”.

Shango Trex, the artist, is part of reggae’s foundation and Shango Trex, The Album, adds to the building blocks of a musical legacy. Big vocals, big music, big artist: Shango Trex.

Shango Trex is available digitally on digstation.com, cdbaby.com, itunes, Napster, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, www.ebreggae.com and other digital music outlets.

Lyrics

TELL ME

Written By: DENNIS LLEWELLYN, FREDERICK BROWN

Intro Adlibs:
All those pain you kept in side……..now I know, now I know, now I knoowoh…..baby…

1. Come on & sit down beside me….come on baby,
Let me hold your hands…..let me hold your hands yeh,
I wanna tell you how much I love you……..I need you baby,
Now that your hands are free………….!

Hook:
Sooo, tell me that you always knew,
I’m sure that you could see…..oh…….
That I fell in love with you… that’s right
And you have fallen too………..lady….!

2. Ah guess you tell me all of your problems…. & I listen,
Help to wipe away some tears…… & I,
I’m hoping that your life would get better….…so much better,
And you could smile once more……

Hook:

Bridge:
And I can’t let you know…nooo,
Ah dare not let it show..oh no no noooh,
Your life was at a deep end….heh,
What you need was a friend…..!

Hook:

3. Come on & sit down beside me girl….come on baby,
Let me hold your hands…..let me hold your hands,
I wanna tell you how much I love you……..love you baby,
Now that your hands are free………….!

Hook Adlibs:
Tell mi………………., so right baby……ooohhh yeah……

FOR YOUR LOVE

Written By: PAUL TULLOGH, DONOVAN MCKITTY

Intro Adlibs:
Wooooh…., lady. Your love your love your love…..
For your sweet love…..

1. I took a little piece of your heart, & planted it in my soul,
I watered it with love, & let it grow..oh.
Grow into a dream, putting out new root,
And pretty soon girl, we’ll be bearing fruits….

Change 1 with Adlibs:
Because, I’m in love with you….. So in love,
And I hope, that you love me too…love me too woh,
There’s nothing in this world, that I won’t do….

Hook 1 with Adlibs:
For your love, anything for your love…..anything anything,
For your love, anything for your love…wooo-oh…

2. I live so far away, but I think of you everyday, everyday now,
I keep the faith & pray, for a better day…..
Some say we will withered….oh noo…, & fade away…no way,
But when the leaves are falling, the root is fine.

Change 2 with Adlibs:
O-oh girl, I’m in love with you…. I’m in love with you girl…,
And I hope, that you love me too….I hope you love me too…..,
There’s nothing in this world that I won’t do…….

Hook 2 with Adlibs:
For your love…your love, anything for your love…your sweeeeet love,
For your love, anything for your love…ma ma my……baby!

Bridge:
You can make the sun shine, on the darkest day…make it shine make it shine,
When you’re by my side girl, I’m always okay…,
Love is in control, it’s in my very soul….

Change 3 with Adlibs:
I hope you know that, I’m in love with you..baby…
And I hope, that you love me too….I hope you love me too yeh…,
There’s nothing in this world, that I won’t do…….

Hook 3 with Adlibs:
For your love…baby…., anything for your love…your sweet love,
For your love…ooh…., anything for your love…anything anything yeh…
For your love…, anything for your love…for your love your…love,
For your love..wooo..wah…, anything for your love…oh…..girl….
For your love…I‘ll do anything woo, anything for your love…oh lord girl…,
For your love…I’ll do, anything for your love…for your love…
For your love…your love your love, anything for your love…your sweet love girl,
For your love, anything for your love…

OUR GLORY

Written By: ERROL BENNETT

Intro Adlibs:
Yes I, to Jah be di Glory yuh noh……..!Rastafari! Yuseet.
I n I knoo dat Jah nevah fail, wo-yooh…., a knoo dat his love prevails…wo-yoooh…...
A jus di King I man hail..yuzeeet!

Hook:
It’s not about dem & their story, It’s all about us & our glory,
It’s been a long way dem still noh knoo wi, dun si di eye pon di money.
It’s not about dem & their story, It’s all about us & our glory,
It’s been a long way dem still noh knoo wi, dun si di eye pon di money.

1. Let’s start dis engine a bubbling, di situation gets too troubling,
Now see how Babylon dealing, it was in di dark & now it’s revealing.
Helping you to help yourself is helping me to help myself grow,
Rastafari knoo, di wisdom of di elders glow…..wo-wo-wo-wooo…..
Hook:

2. As it was written soh here it comes, as di fine herbs his glory blossom,
Aftah all is said & dun, highyah heights, from whence we shun.
My levity, your levity, dis journey, our story,
Stained wid misery branded mystery, dem secrecy….wo-yooh wo-yooh…
Hook:

3. Each day I rise on di battle field, Rastafari is I rod & shield,
Glorify, color dis real, I tradition, no one can steal.
Helping you to help yourself is helping me to help myself rise,
Above si dem demise, I n I reverence di prize…..wo-yooh, wo-yooh..
Hook;

Rept. Verse 1:

Hook…………..fade:

FI DI YOUTS DEM

Written By: DENNIS LLEWELLYN, DWAYNE WALKER

Hook:
They cry, I cry, we cry fi di youts dem,
If I try, you try, stop lie teach dem di truth den.
They cry, I cry, we cry fi di youts dem,
If I try, you try, stop lie teach dem di truth den.

1. A woke up dis mawning tinking bout studio session,
I have a new creation, dat was I man program, oh yes..
But den I turn & look pon di tel-lie-vision,
It was a big distraction, so much wicked intension.

Change:
I see people running round & wondering what to do,
All resources running out & bills are due
While there’s need fa living, & hungry babies crying,
Yuh betta give a helping hand, a say you gotta do something……

Hook:

2. Cause all ovah di world it soh tricky tricky,
Fi di boyz & di gurlz seh noh pity pity,
Betta straight else yuh turn inna Nitty Gritty,
Di dutty livity it bitta to di belly.

Look pon mama likkle princess inna prostitution,
An papa juvenile a face incarceration,
Everyday we a dream bout repatriation,
Real roots stand firm inna di Gideon…boom!

Hook:

Change:
I see people running round & wondering what to do,
All resources running out & bills are ovah due,
While there’s need fa living, & hungry babies crying,
Yuh betta give a helping hand, a say you gotta do something………

Adlibs in Hook……..fade:
A cry a cry a crying………
They crying….you got to do something now……..tired fi see blood a run yow..
A said a crying wooohh…….
Hear when I crying yeh….oooh lord oh lord oh yeh…..

ONE AND THREE

Written By: DONOVAN MCKITTY

1. Lately you’ve been saying I’ve been taken abuse, I made selections but I never choose,
I’ve got one foot in, one foot out of your life…….
So you decided one was better than three, pack up your bags & now you leaving me,
Tell me baby now where I was wrong, don’t you walk out of my life..no!

Hook 1 with Adlibs:
Don’t you go…no.., we can work it out….work it out…,
Give it just a little time…, tell me what it’s all about…woooh….lord.
Don’t you know…don’t you…, we can work it out…work it out…,
After all that we’ve been through, don’t wanna go on without you….no no noooo….

2. In my world I try to make a stand, I’m pushing harder trying to understand,
And the world move faster everyday, everybody getting on….
They try to put me down gave me up for dead, don’t believe a single word they said,
If yuh knoo tha truth yuh would-a swear, it was a lie….oh lord..

Hook 2 with Adlibs:
Don’t you go……., we can work it out….…,
Give it just a little time…, tell me what it’s all about…woooh….lord.
Don’t you know……, we can work it out…,
After all that we’ve been through, don’t wanna go on without you….

Interlude Adlibs:
Wooo…no no no noooo…., I don’t wanna go on….
Woooh baby girl no nooooo…., I don’t wanna go on without you no baby.., oh lord yeh-yeahee….

Hook 3 with Adlibs…………..fade out:
Don’t you go…don’t you go, we can work it out…woooh yeah…,
Give it just a little time…give it, tell me what it’s all about…woooh….lord.
Don’t you know…woooo baby…, we can work it out…come on & tell me baby…,
After all that we’ve been through, don’t wanna go on without you….heah….
Don’t you go…do you go…, we can work it out….no baby…,
Give it just a little time…come on &, tell me what it’s all about…tell me whadit‘s all about….
Don’t you know…don’t you know…, we can work it out…work it out…,
After all that we’ve been through..after all.., don’t wanna go on without you
don’t wanna go on don’t wanna go on….no no no noooo....

SOME DAY

Written By: DENNIS LLEWELLYN, AVRIL AIKEN

Intro Adlibs:
Woowoowooh….yeh……
Can’t stand it no more…..no…., no more fighting, no more wars, no nooo….

1. Where is tha love, what are we fighting for,
Oh can’t you see it ah goh too far,
We haffi to try ah little harder to make it stop right now,
Or else wi gonna get caught up in de trap & fall……..that’s why I say!

Hook:
Someday, we will find a remedy,
Cause everyday, is another tragedy,
Games wat a play a confusion & jealousy,……o-o-o-o-o-oh yeah……!
Someday, we will find a remedy,
Cause everyday, is another tragedy,
Ah dutty dem a play naaw listen to mi melody……no-no-no-no-no way!

2. We haffi find a way, to live together,
Although now-a-dayz yuh caan even trust yuh neighbor….no wayee….,
But better dayz are coming you see time is di master
Jus organize yuhself & noh fear no one, cause a man is jus a man…….mi seh!

Hook:

3. Soh noh baddah watch no face, if a good yuh choose to do,
Cause love in dis time, is di real issue,
Caan mek nutten stop us, from moving forward,
Cause when we living in love, we get just rewards…..and that’s what we deserve!

Hook:

Horns Intro & Adlibs:
No wayee……….no no no no noooh……..you see I wanna know oh.

4. Where is tha love, that we are fighting for,
Oh can’t you see, dat wi gone too far,
Come mek wi try ah little harder, & mek it betta right yow,
Or else wi gonna get caught up in de trap & fall……..that’s how I knowoo!

Hook:

Outro. Adlibs:
We will find a remedy yeah….wowooh, Oh yeah…
We will find a remedy woooh, No no no wayee……no no no wayee…
We will find a remedy yeah…., wooyeaheee wooyeahee….
Oooowooohyeah, Dem a play nowoooyeah,
We will find a remedy woooh, confusion & jealousy yeah, oh lord yeh!

HOLDING ON

Written By: DENNIS LLEWELLYN, DWAYNE WALKER

Intro & Adlibs:
Ooooohooooh………baby please don’t go……oh-oh nooo-oh…..yeah….
Wooooo…….baby don’t go no….oh….oh no-no-no, yeah……..

1. All my life I’ve been lonely, trying to find somebody,
Who would love me for me, & not who I should be,
Then there came a lady, good time & love she gave me,
But I got wild & crazy, & started thinking maybe,
She’d always be there for me, but now she found somebody,
Too late to say I’m sorry, every night I sit & worry….

Hook:
Still I’ve been holding on, & counting all, the days till she returns,
Who feels it knows, how loving goes, a few would ever learn.
Some get the chance, for love to last, but they don’t show concern,
Untill your lover leave, you won’t believe, how it feels when your heart burns.

2. If He tells you that he loves you, he knows that’s what you need,
Every night he’ll kiss & hug you, so you won’t think of me,
When he fight & scream it hurts you, then he begs you not to leave,
Give you gifts to say he’s sorry, & the sex makes you believe.
But if you’re the same girl that I love, then I’ll just let you be,
Cause time will tell & soon enough, you’ll come running back to me……

Hook:

Interlude & Adlibs:
Oh girl, you need to come home…….come on back home, where you belong,
Oh girl, I’m here waiting…..I’ve been waiting so long, waiting on you….baby…..

3. A sitten by my window, waiting for the phone to ring,
As the sun shines & wind blows, I hear the birds they sing,
Love songs on the radio, never seems to end,
As the night comes the day gose, but it doesn’t mean a thing…….

Hook………….fadeout:

HIGH GRADE

Written By: DENNIS LLEWELLYN, MICHAEL FERGUSON

Intro Talk & Adlibs:
Yow! Dah herb yah nice yuh knoh iyah….fi real mi naah tell yuh man…mi a go blaze it up yuh knoh
weh yuh seh……..!
Di first ting a duh in di mornings…..eh, haftah mi give tanks fi mi blessings……..!

Hook 1:
A mi high grade….. buss inna mi head,
How a love mi lambs bread, a bun it & blaze till mi eye dem red.
Mi high grade….. buss inna mi head,
A love mi lambs bread, a bun it & blaze it till mi eye dem red.

1. It no secret…., dat I’ve got a habit..,
Haffi always ‘ave a ounce of di besttest chronic, caan dun it, nooo…..,
Mary Jane is my friend.., ah seh from way back wen,
Yuh si wi dun set a tren, a ital every time mi naaw goh use noh blem yow,
Soh wen di faamah man come from di hills wid a bungle,
Mi a goh link him up & mek sure a get a sample………!

Hook 2:
A di highest grade………fi buss inna mi head,
How a love mi lambs bread, a bun it & blaze it till mi eye dem red.
Mi high grade…..fi buss inna mi head,
How a love mi lambs bread, a bun it & blaze it till mi eye dem red.
Di high grade….yuh knoo a love it so….& a can’t let go…oh no-no-noo…no no noooh.

2. I love to pick & choose, caaw mi love di purple & di blues too,
An di standard haffi deh pon certain levels, like brand new cause….
If pow pow stop mi wid a mampy, mi naah go get jumpy yoh,
Caah di smell ah go knock him out him haffi change him route
Him haffi sid down…down down……(dats wen hym tek hym fuss draw, & start cough.) yuh see.

Hook 3:
A mi high grade……..buss inna him head, how a love mi lambs bread…..
Him dash weh di hand cuff & tek a draw instead.
High grade…….buss inna him head, how him love di lambs bread…..
Him pud down him gun cause him eyes get red.

3. A it mi depend pon……. fi keep mi calm inna di Gideon,
Keep mi firm & strong, mek mi ‘ole ah good meditation yeah………,
Mary Jane is my dear old friend, a seh from way…. back wen,
Yuh si wi dun set a tren, a ital every time mi naaw goh use noh blem yow,
Soh wen di faamah man come from di hills wid a bungle……,
Mi a goh link him up & mek sure a get a sample………!

Hook 2 - 1 - 3: - fade………

THE TOUCH

Written By: DENNIS LLEWELLYN, AVRIL AIKEN

Intro Adlibs:
O-o-o-oh, oh girl oh weh-el….yuh know you got it going on….on & on & on…
Oh girl….you’re so beautiful n well……

Hook:
This sexy lady……. She’s a cutie……..
Full ah so much beauty…. ooohhhh……….
This sexy lady……. She‘s a cutie…….
Got to be my baby……….ooooohhhh…….!

1. Said ah had to get in touch, wit dis girl I admire so much,
Got angel eyes & cute as such, shi gimmi a sweet sensi-mania rush……..!
Di first few lyrics weh a chat mek har blush….but wen shi respond a haffi hush,
Caaw…. shi dun have ah krazy krush, ah heart pumping wat a blood rush…wooh………..

Hook:
2. From tha first date, shi keep things straight,
Must be ma soul mate, this must be fate…
An den ah feel tha heat yeh, when wi eyes meet wooh,
Heart skipping beat, pon de streets wi caan be discrete no more……………!
Hook:

DJ ‘Tilly Beng”:
Shi mek Shango caan sleep, every night hym a bleech, hym fret ovah di body a food hym naaw eat,
Tru shi look neat, wid a sexy phy-zeek, wen shi com chu shi hav di man dem weak.
Who hav mash mout, put een false teet, wen shi pass chu dem a shout out pssst,
Man a pssst-pssst like a air dem a leak….Tilly Beng!

3. Wi link up inna cyber space, sen text weh wi naaw go erase,
Mek date fi goh dance & movies, shi hype it up & wear di latest clothes…….!
Pon de block, shi have it lock, mi thugs dem seh dat shi solid as a rock,
Nuff man waan mek eye contact, caaw har flow ah tick tak tick tak…………!
Hook……………..fadeout.

GHETTO GIRL

Written By: DENNIS LLEWELLYN, AVRIL AIKEN

Intro. & Adlibs:
Ah……….ah….., my ghetto girl…., she’s so nice, diyagiddywoooooh…..

1. The earth move under my feet, the first time this woman passes by,
My knees get so weak, a pray shi would-a gi mi a bly…now baby,
Stop for a minute, I see that you’re not acting shy….no..,
A dem ting deh mi love, I see it your big brown eyes…

Change:
Oh, it’s golden, it’s magic, ahh when her lips touch mine,
Oh wadda feeling, it got me thinking, she’s so…..divine….

Hook:
Oh she’s, she’s my ghetto girl, a jus Jah mek wi meet in this world,
More precious than diamonds & rubies & pearls, she completes my world.
Oh, my ghetto girl, a jus Jah mek wi meet in this world,
More precious than diamonds & rubies & pearls, she completes my world.

2. With a clean heart & no dirty ways, shi doesn’t have the time to waste,
She will make it through the days, even troding inna dis yah rat race…
Wi make love & a fyah blaze, she’s so bless, in her royal grace,
I have to give Jah thanks & praise, cause she fill my empty space….
Change:

Hook:

DJ:
Me iz a yout noh juks pon noh caawnah,
A plan bout Pamela Stacy Jennifer or Lorna,
An how fi jump sum wire fence & jump sum bahdah,
An mi woman deh a yaawd & deh inna mi bed sah…no…….
Mi a one kind a worrior,
I man a lovah lovah, I man is not a fightah,
Mi haffi hav mi African senorita,
Yuh dun knoo dat a royal ordah…
Hook……fade:

Outro. Adlibs with Hook:
My ghetto girl……., More precious yeah…..
O-oh….o-oh……., A Jah mek wi meet yeah….
O-oh…..o-oh……, a Jah mek wi meet yeah..
More precious, more precious than diamonds & pearls yeah….

Discography

2009 Shango Trex
2004 Dazzlin Gold, "Believe Me"