Two renowned Jamaican reggae singers, Christopher Martin and D-Major are set to headline the Bell all-star concert slated for 23rd August at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Majority of revelers excited to attend this mega concert know them by most of their songs that have enjoyed airplay overtime, but barely know who these stars really are.
We bring you detailed information of the artists that will be blowing people’s minds with their performance alongside our very own Ugandan artists;
Christopher Oteng Martin alias Christopher Martin was born in Back Pasture, St. Catherine, Jamaica on 14th February 1987. He is not only a reggae/dancehall singer but also a songwriter writer.
Martin was born to Cleveland and Maxine Martin; he attended the Water mount All-Age School and later graduated from Jago High School.
His love for music started way back in high school, Martin became the first Digicel Rising Stars Alumni (Jamaican version of American Idol) to have a hit single on the charts in Jamaica.
The singer’s parents have been the source of his motivation in pursuing music. He was once quoted saying, “My parents and my peers at school really motivated me. They always said that I would be a star.”
He has released songs like ‘Nah Go Change’, ‘Paper Loving’, ‘Take My Wings’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Jamaican Girls’ and Cheater’s Prayer among others.
His real name is Damian Codlin, D-Major grew up in Kingston, Jamaica with a single mother.
He was raised in a middle class household listening to his mother’s R&B and reggae collection of vinyl. D-Major attributes his inspiration of starting a music career to reggae icon King Yellowman.
While attending Calabar High school, he started out as lead vocalist of Q-T, a quintent and later launched his solo career in 2005.
He adopted the stage name ‘D-Major’ which he described, “D is the initial of my first name and Major was given to me by a friend of mine because Major is a musical term and it is more uplifting than Minor of course.”
D-Major’s first authored material ‘Tell Me Who’ was produced by prominent guitarist Ernie Wilks.
Soon after his solo debut, Major released several other songs like ‘People Make the World Go Around’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Won’t Separate’, ‘Girl of My Dreams’.
In 2008 ‘Speak the Truth’ and “Can’t Get Enough” topped the charts and saw D-Major sharing the stage with international talents like James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, Ginuwine, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, and Sean Paul.
Consistent releasing of hits and recognition of his talent by the local music industry earned him a nomination for 2008’s Best New Artiste at The Excellence in Music and Entertainment Award.
D-Major has collaborated with Christopher Martin and Agent Sasco on “Real Friends” and Busy Signal and Richie Loops on “Party Like It’s Your Birthday.” These hits helped to propel D-Major to mainstream success in Jamaica and on the international music scene.
These two artists have some kind of chemistry because this won’t be their first time to perform together. In 2013, Martin and D’Major performed live on stage alongside each other in Zimbabwe, a show that was deemed successful.