UP THE CHARTS

Soca and Reggae singing sensation Charmaine Blackman is no stranger to the Guyana music scene. For more than 20 years, the music diva has heated up the stage in the Caribbean at sold-out concerts, and topped the charts around the world with her infectious lyrics and tantalizing music videos.

Her latest release “Weh De Party Deah” is now burning up the airways. The dance party single that was just dropped by Signal Studio executive Bonny Alves, comes right off the Guyana Mashramani 2011 celebrations and is quickly rising the charts both in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Blackman also collaborated with nine other artists on her reggae album titled: “Don’t Forget” that includes a Guyana Jamaica solidarity song. She has also produced “Kover Girl,” “We Coming Down,” Walz Hott Show,” in addition to numerous other hit singles and over 40 music videos.

The talented songstress and producer once again teamed up with Bonny Alves on the movie soundtrack of “Encounter” – one of eight CineGuyana Films that was recently premiered at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn.

Fresh off a crowd-pleasing performance at the 10th Annual Guyana Folk Festival in also in Brooklyn, Blackman is looking to capture the attention of her fans once again with “Weh De Party Deah” that is now available at Bobb-O-Vision and Audio Productions in Brooklyn.

She is looking to strike gold after releasing seven solo albums with 11 original songs of various genres, and the popularity of her music that rode the charts in Suriname, France and Guam with two number one hits

Thanks to her membership with Reggae Ambassador, a worldwide music organization that shares her music with deejays, vee-jays, journalists and distributors, Blackman is well on her way to becoming world famous.

Her first professional performance with the former Blue Mist string band prepared her for the outstanding stage presence and the chance to sing alongside Essie Rockliff, the leader of one of Guyana’s veteran string bands – The Yoruba Singers. She also performed with pop band, the Majestics and Caribbean Fusion.

After touring some 24 countries, the sassy pop star said her biggest performance was with Guyana-born British singer Eddie Grant. The two along with Machel Montano and Beres Hammond rang in the Millennium at a concert in Tobago that was broadcast by the BBC to 2.5 million viewers around the world.

With all of this success under her belt, Blackman who was a member of the Guyana National School of Dance and discovered her singing talent while in her church choir as a teen, said she did not take note of her singing ability until she won a fundraising ‘nickel” concert and was encourage by her friends to sing professionally.

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