Sizzla

Miguel Orlando Collins

Also known as Rizzla Kalonji, S. Kalonji, Sizler, Sizzela, Sizzla (Kalonji), Sizzla Kalanchie, Sizzla Kalondji, Sizzla Kalongi, Sizzla Kaloni, Sizzla Kalonji, Sizzla Kolanji, Sizzla Kolonji, Sizzler, Sizzlia, Sizzyler, Sysiller
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.sizzla.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sizzla

Discography of Sizzla:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Rise To The Occasion 12 Audio 2003 Greensleeves Records
2 Rise To The Occasion 17 Audio 2003 Greensleeves Records
3 Jah Knows Best 12 Audio 2004-06-00 Sanctuary Records
4 Properly Attired / Gone With The Wind 2 Audio 2003-11-13 Pure Music Productions
5 Taking Over (Remixes) 2 Audio 2002 Jungle Warriors Records
6 Bobo Ashanti 13 Audio 2000 Greensleeves Records
7 Pum Pum Mix 2 Audio RMC Records (2)
8 Smokin Herbs / Burn A Hypocrit 2 Audio 2004
9 Cop Killer 2 Audio RMC Records (2)
10 Solid As A Rock 2 Audio 2005-12-12 Hot Cakes (2)
11 Four The Hardway 14 Audio 2002 2B1 Records
12 Royal Son Of Ethiopia 12 Audio 1999 Greensleeves Records
13 Don't Judge / Hatred For My Life 2 Audio 2005 Clique Muzique
14 Be I Strong 12 Audio 1999 VP Records
15 Black Woman And Child 15 Audio 1997-10-12 Greensleeves Records
16 Da Real Thing 15 Audio 2002-12-27 VP Records
17 Jah Is / MK Ultra 2 Audio 2005-11-28 Cubik Music Productions
18 Taking Over 12 Audio 2001 VP Records
19 Just One Of Those Days 3 Audio 2003 VP Records
20 Rain Showers (Bronx Dogs Remixes) 3 Audio 1999 XTerminator
21 Be Strong 2 Audio 2004 Don Corleon Records
22 Jah Jah Run Things / Pay Back 2 Audio 2006 Royalty Records (2)
23 Just One Of Those Days 2 Audio 2003 Digital-B
24 Taking Over 15 Audio 2001-07-03 VP Records
25 Royal Son Of Ethiopia 13 Audio 1999 Greensleeves Records
26 Less Dem Dat / Turn It Up 2 Audio 2006-07-31 Reggae Republic
27 Black History 14 Audio 2001 Charm
28 Blaze Up The Chalwa 17 Audio 2002 Charm
29 The Story Unfolds - The Best Of 30 Audio 2002-04-23 VP Records
30 Speak Of Jah 13 Audio 2004 Bogalusa
31 Victory 6 Audio 2006 Shining Star Music
32 Solid As A Rock / Jamrock (Remixes) 2 Audio 2006 Not On Label
33 Warning 2 Audio 2001 Green House Family
34 She's My Lover Remix 2 Audio Foreign Remix
35 Black Woman And Child 12 Audio 1997 Greensleeves Records
36 4 Rebels 12 Audio 2001 VP Records
37 One Love / I Love King Selassie 6 Audio 2006 Greensleeves Records
38 Ghetto Revolution 13 Audio 2002 Greensleeves Records
39 Rastafari Teach I Everything 13 Audio 2001 Greensleeves Records
40 Freedom Cry 13 Audio 1998 VP Records
41 Rain Showers 4 Audio 1999 XTerminator
42 Praise Ye Jah 11 Audio 1997 XTerminator
43 Reggae Max 20 Audio 1998 Jet Star Records
44 Good Ways 14 Audio 1999 Charm
45 Kalonji 13 Audio 1998 XTerminator
46 Burning Up 12 Audio 1995 RAS Records Inc.
47 Taking Over 2 Audio 2000 XTerminator
48 Doctor's Darling / Pure Love 2 Audio 2002 Germaican Records
49 Show The Interest / I'm In Love 2 Audio 2003-02-03 Germaican Records
50 Jail Break 2 Audio 1999 Fat Eyes Records


Miguel Collins a.k.a. Sizzla Kalonji, a Bobo Ashanti dread Born 17.4.1976 in August Town/Kingston, Jamaica, made his first musical steps as a singer for Caveman Hi-Fi. His energetic singjay-style and spiritual lyrics earned him enthusiastic acclaim already with his 1995 debut album "Burning Up", while the 1997 follow-up "Black Woman & Child" was an international breakthrough, which brought Sizzla the 1998 MOBO award and a place in various magazines' top 100 albums of the year. At that time, Sizzla was part of the Phillip Burrel's XTerminator stable, touring with Luciano and other artist of the new roots&culture wave.

Sizzla is very prolific, even by Jamaican standards. Since 1995, he released over 30 albums and most likely over 400 singles. With such an enormous output, fans often complain about the mediocricity of many of the material, yet Sizzla again and again manages to surprise his listeners with a quality album after a few mediocre ones.

Especially after 2000, Sizzla aroused controversy with his lyrics in several ways. First, European listeners and gay-right organisations take offence at his partly homophobic lyrics. Second, Sizzla's explicit description of sexual issues in some of his tunes, as well as his reportedly extravagant lifestyle, led to a break-up not only with his Rastafarian ex-colleagues like Luciano, but also with the Bobo Ashanti order, whose elders repeatedly distanced themselves from Sizzla's music and lifestyle, while the later still considers himself a Bobo Ashanti member.

Despite all the controversies, Sizzla remains a major figure in Jamaican music, and his throaty singing style became a trademark for a whole new generation of militant rastafarian singers and deejays.


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