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Chuck Fender

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Chuck Fender was born Leshorn Whitehead on June 15, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He always had a special love for music, making a hobby of impersonating some of his favourite entertainers as a youngster. It didn’t take him long to decide to pursue his dream in the music business.

Frequently travelling between Jamaica and New York to hone his deejaying skills, he spent most of his time at King Jammy’s studio, where he released his debut single ‘Shut Yuh Mouth When Bad Man Talking’ on the Tight Clothes riddim for John John (King Jammys’ son). He followed that up with ‘The Glue’.

Producer King Jammy was impressed with the DJ’s talent and invited him to record on his label. It was then that he recorded his first big hit, ‘Jah It’s All About You’ on the one-drop Money Money riddim. Released in 1996, the single climbed several charts in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. The video for the song got regular rotation on all the top music video programmes.

Shortly after, Chuck Fenda began recording for several producers, including Shocking Vibes where he did ‘Fat Round Yah’.

In 1997, Fender decided to relocate to Jamaica to focus on his career, settling at King Jammys studio and working hard at establishing himself as a strong force in the dancehall.

In 1998, he recorded his next big hit, ‘Mi See It Clear’ (Rat Race) on the Joint riddim. But his biggest hit was yet to come. The single ‘Bada Bada’ made it to the number one slot on Jamaican charts and in the top ten on various Caribbean charts. ‘Bada Bada’ was a staple in the dancehall and was on the daily playlist for several radio disc jockeys. Engineers Ward 21 of Jammys studio created a riddim of the same name which spawned several dancehall favourites.

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