l told you Gyptian, I Wayne, Bascom X, Blak Ryno and Fantan Mojah would become superstars, didn’t I? Well, read on:
There has never been a shortage of talented youths in Jamaica, and throughout the years the reggae/dancehall genre has seen it’s fair share of young superstars.
Born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Amir spent his early years in Ocho Rios St. Ann under the tutelage of his father Edgar, who is no stranger to the genre being also a songwriter/musician. Amir’s passion for music runs deep-blood deep. His grandfather Ken Fyffe is a member of the legendary Congos Ashanti music group, and veteran dancehall artist Lady G is his aunt.
In 2006 at a mere eleven years old after performing at the then annual Portmore Awards show, Amir caught the attention of veteran artists Sizzla and Bounty Killer who also performed at the event. “Sizzla sent someone to call me and I was shocked, but excited. I was wondering why he was calling me, but when I went to him he told me I was a great artist. I was honored because of the respect I have for him. While speaking to Sizzla, Bounty Killer, an artist who I also look up to and who was close by, remarked that he thought I was a bad dj, and they both encouraged me to pursue my career.” Amir adopted the moniker Dadda as his stage name, and wasted no time making a name for himself.
Amir pursued his career in dancehall with singles such as “Dress Right” and “Guns”, the latter produced by G.T. Taylor which scored a number one for young Amir in France. No stranger to the stage, Amir has performed on the major shows in Jamaica; all before the age of fifteen. His first significant performance came at an invitation from Bounty Killer to grace the stage with the legendary artist at “Fully Loaded”. This was a break for Amir, who has also performed with Sizzla, his grandfather, and his aunt Lady G on several different events across the island. “Champions In Action”, the final staging of “Reggae Sunsplash”, “Reggae Sumfest”, and “G.T. Taylor’s Extravaganza” (the latter he performed four years consecutively), are just a few of the events Amir, then known as Dadda was a part of.
Several singles were released by Amir and collaborations done with artists such as Zamunda, all while traveling across the Caribbean showcasing his natural talents and lyrical prowess. Sponsored by FireWheel in Germany, “Pencil Over Gun” was a project dear to Amir’s heart, because even as a child, the plight of the impoverished children of Jamaica was a major concern for the young dj. This non-profit event provided back to school items for various communities across the island. “My advice to my peers is, stay focused, be grateful and make good use of every moment in your life, ” says Amir.
In 2017 the artist is poised to reclaim his place in the spotlight with two new singles “The Topic” and “Right Conclusion”. With an upcoming EP set for release in spring 2018, Amir is in the capable hands of Til Shilo Promotions, the company who introduced and publicized reggae crooner Gyptian to mainstream.
Amir at twenty-two years old has seen his fair share of injustice, joy and suffering which inspires the lyrics in his songs. Embracing the principles of the Rastafarian movement, Amir who was inspired by, Dennis Brown, Bounty Killer, Bob Marley and Sizzla to name a few, gives thanks to God, and his family and friends for their “unwavering support and love..”
Being active on social media, fans can keep up with Amir who personally checks all his accounts. “I love my fans and the people who support me,” says Amir.” 2017 and beyond looks bright for this young superstar, who after being successful in the industry for more than a decade, seems to be just getting started.