Sadiki


Today's ideal artist is somewhat of a Renaissance person - one who can sing, write, produce and engineer. Sadiki fits the bill. On his debut album "Morning's Come", he masterfully combines influences from Nat King Cole to Beenie Man, proving why he was nominated as the "Most Promising Entertainer" in 2007 by the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

He was born Henry Buckley Jr., 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 80's and settled on Chicago's northside. As part of Chicago's sizeable Jamaican community he was exposed to the newest Reggae sounds coming out of Jamaica as well as the cutting edge of Hip-Hop and R&B. Through these influences Sadiki has developed a vocal range and lyrical skills that brings together the best of both worlds. In the late 90's 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, to good reviews but disappointing sales as Mercury Records went through a change in its corporate structure.

Sadiki returned to Jamaica in 1998 and recorded "Rescue Me" on the "Bookshelf" riddim for dancehall producer Tony 'CD' Kelly. In 1999, at the suggestion of reggae producer 'Computer' Paul Henton (Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff), he changed his name From Pancho Krystal to Sadiki - An Egyptian name meaning 'faithful' or 'loyal' (mis-spelled Sadeki on some earlier releases). In 2001 he scored a big hit with "Gal Dem Everytime" on the "Buy Out" riddim for producer Tony 'CD' Kelly. Sadiki then met Reggae singer/songwriter Beres Hammond. He was asked to add his vocals to a track at Hammond's Silekshan Studio. Within months of working alongside Hammond, Sadiki was selected as an opening act for the veteran singer's "Music is Life World Tour 2002". On tour with Hammond for almost two years, 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 (Joe Fraser Records). The single entered the Bigup Radio, Florida Top 30, NY Top 30, X-News (JA), Weekend Star and UK (Newstyle Radio) charts, peaking at #1, #2, #4, #5, #7, and #8 respectively. After a successful 4-city tour in 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 November of 2007 (Skinny Bwoy/P-Vine Records). 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 Sadiki's producing and engineering debut, as he produced or co-produced each and every track. "Morning's Come" also featured production from top reggae veteran producer Lloyd Campbell (Glen Washington, Tarrus Riley), England's top reggae producer Chris Peckings (Bitty McLean), Delly Ranks (Sean Paul, Mavado) and Arif Cooper ("Guardian Angel" riddim). The US Version of "Morning's Come", featuring new and unreleased tracks, was independently released worldwide in the fall of 2008.

Sadiki's new album "Lifeline" (released 9/2/10 - Skinny Bwoy/Joe Fraser) is international lovers rock at its finest, produced by veteran Lloyd Campbell, Jason Sterling and Sadiki himself. The first single, "African Queen", has peaked at #1 on the BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10 (UK). Other planned singles include "What Would You Do", "Lifeline", "Best Life" and "Here I Am To Worship".

Through his travels Sadiki has shared the stage with Buju Banton, Gyptian, Bascom X, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths, KCi & Jo Jo, Beenie Man, Gerald Levert, Kelly Price among others.

DISCOGRAPHY OF SADIKI

Albums:
  • 1997: Pancho Kryztal (Scratchie/Mercury Records)
  • 2007: Morning's Come (Japan Release) (Skinny Bwoy/P-Vine Records-JPN)
  • 2008: True Singers: Sadiki Meets Sandra Cross (Japan Release) (Skinny Bwoy/P-Vine Records-JPN)
  • 2008: Morning's Come (US Release) (Skinny Bwoy Records)
  • 2010: Lifeline (Skinny Bwoy/Joe Fraser Records)
Compilations:
  • 1996: Jamdown Vibrations - "Black Girl" (Scratchie Records)
  • 1997: Culture Vibes - "I Hear You Calling" (Scratchie Records)
  • 1998: Riddim Driven: Bookshelf Riddim - "Rescue Me" (VP Records)
  • 1999: Whoo Riddim - "Love How Yuh Tan" (K-Licious Records/VP Records)
  • 2001: Riddim Driven: Buyout Riddim - "Gal Dem Everytime" (VP Records)
  • 2006: Loving Pauper Meets Hypocrites - "Innocent Or Guilty" (Joe Fraser Records)
  • 2006: Riddim Driven: Red Bull & Guinness The Mixture - "No Boring Ride" (VP Records)
  • 2008: Love Tune 4 - "One Touch" (Avex Records-JPN)
  • 2010: Expressions of Love - "Makeup Sex" (Joe Fraser/VP Records)
Singles:
  • 1998: Lethal Weapon w/Mad Cobra (Shocking Vibes)
  • 2001: Opportunity (Harmony House Records)
  • 2001: Tribute (Boot Camp Records)
  • 2005: Pretty Girl (Skinny Bwoy Records) Peaked at #16 - NY Top 20 singles Reggae Chart
  • 2006: No Boring Ride (Pure Music)
  • 2007: Slipping Away (Peckings Records)
  • 2007: Wouldn't Stay Away (Peckings Records)
  • 2007: Perfect Love (Joe Fraser Records) Peaked at #11-NY Top 20 Reggae Chart / #14 Florida Top 30 Reggae singles Chart
  • 2007: Lost Without You (Joe Fraser Records) Peaked at #2 - South Florida Reggae singles Chart / #4 NY Top 20 Reggae singles Chart
  • 2007: Mary's Story/Girlfriend feat. Delly Ranks (Skinny Bwoy/P-Vine Records) - Japan Release
  • 2008: Staadap Staadie/Incomplete (Sadiki Remix) (Skinny Bwoy/P-Vine Records) - Japan Release
  • 2010: African Queen (Joe Fraser/VP Records) ***#1 BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10*** / #8 Choice FM (UK) Reggae Chart
Collaborations:
  • 1998: The Ride Of Your Life w/Lady Saw (VP Records)
  • 1998: Lethal Weapon w/Mad Cobra - Cloak & Dagger Riddim (Shocking Vibes Records)
  • 2007: Beautiful Girls Remix w/Sean Kingston (Promotional Use Only)
  • 2008: Be Without You w/Mary J. Blige (Promotional Use Only)
  • 2010: Rude Boy Reggae Remix w/Rihanna (Promotional Use Only)
Mixtapes:
  • 2007: Unity Sound - Sadiki: The Sound Killachi Round 1
  • 2010: Rebel Liberation Sound Kenya: Rude boy Finest Hosted by Sadiki
  • 2010: Unity Sound Japan: Love Mood hosted by Sadiki
Text courtesy of Skinny Bwoy Agency.