Charly Black’s debut album, Rio Bueno, is an ode to Trelawny.
The diamond-selling dancehall artist has finally released his first body of work after a long career full of hit singles. The album named after his beloved hometown of Trelawny has racked up millions of views on Spotify as the album climbs the charts.
Charly Black, real name Desmond Mendez, recently spoke with Urban islands and opened up to the next stage of his career. He first started out in music under the stage name “Tony Mentol” with his song “Woman It’s You” and then moved on to Charly Blacks, a name that would later cement his star power in dancehall.
As he builds on the success of his debut album on the charts, the artist said he focused on writing music.
“Charly Black focused on her kids, staying out of trouble and promoting her album.”
According to him, the album is versatile and can be suitable for all occasions. Black says the 11-track album is for his female fans even though all of his fans may appreciate it.
The artist says with the slowdown in the world due to the pandemic; he had more time to concentrate on creating the music and releasing the album.
“Well, 2020, we’re never really going anywhere and the ah place will reopen in 2021, so it’s a little easier now that people are vaccinated and some clubs are reopening.”
The artist says he is currently focusing on a North American tour to perform his latest masterpiece for his fans. Charly Black is best known for his songs like “Gyal You a Party Animal” and others like “Whine and Kotch” and “Bike Back”, all music aimed at his female fans.
Besides his ability to make music with appeal and longevity, Blacks remains one of the top dancehall artists for streaming on YouTube, with nearly 300 million views of his songs.
The artist was born in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, and always called out his parish at the start of his songs. One of his best songs, “Rich This Year”, is about growing up in struggles but dreaming of being successful.
According to Black, naming his album after his community means a lot to him.
âIt has always been fun growing up in my village in Rio Bueno. Why I represent so hard is because there was never a debut, I don’t know a star from my ward so growing up I always said “Trelawny” before I even played a sound, even before becoming an artist. This is something that I have pledged allegiance to since I was a child because I want to motivate the rest of the young people so that they can come out of the community and let people know how much I have a beautiful village and to what point people are nice and God bless us. “
The artist has also responded to critics who might consider him underrated even though he is one of Jamaica’s biggest names.
“I will never try to force myself to be in a place where I am not accepted, I have worked well and I do not take any shortcuts in music, I have worked hard since I was a child because I do not. never grow up with my mom or dad, ah my aunt is raising me, âhe said.
The dancehall star added: “If other people don’t value what I do, I know the world appreciates it.”
Charly Black has a solid reputation in South America and Mexico, the Seychelles, where he has performed several times, as well as in the Caribbean.
Despite his long catalog of success and continued relevance to the world of dancehall music, the artist says that in the future he wants to mentor young people and also wants to use his writing skills to help others. artists.
Black added that at some point he wants to help those who are willing to learn from his experience with the goal of pushing and continuing the dancehall genre for generations to come.
âI really know that I will write for other artists and that I will help some young people, and who will want to learn and accept my help and my knowledge, they will get it. We nuh deh here fi retain or maintain our music because it is a blessing to pass on so that they can represent the genre outside the country.
Among the songs of his first album is “You’re Perfect”, “Berbice”, which seems to bear the name of his fans of Berbice, Guyana (or that’s what they think!).
Other high energy songs include âGyal Sexy Sexyâ, âMoney Powerâ and âBadâ, with Teejay.
You can now listen to Charly Black’s album Rio bueno on Apple Music and Spotify.