Cyrenius Green, stage name Cyrenius Black aka Siddy Ranks, was born in the
parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica 24th October 1959. At the tender age of ten, still
very young he began attending the Baptist church in the village of Berry Hill, where
he gained inspiration for singing which forever changed the course of his life. By the
age of 20 years he had already visited various studios of Jamaica and travelled with
several Sound systems. In 1983, he recorded his first song with the famous producer
Harry J, but this was Cyrenius’ first endeavour.
Despite all the difficulties, the singer continued his career in Jamaica until 1988,
when he left to travel to England to join his family. The following year - 1989,
Siddy Ranks returned to the island and in 1992 and was again back in Europe, where
he formed the band "Fire Corner", being well recognized. In 1994, the band broke
up and he decided to pursue a solo career, having a very busy concert schedule. In
1999 he finally released his first solo album, called "Cheer Up," which was a huge
success in Brazil, mainly in Bahia and Maranhao, where the artist has a veritable
legion of fans.
In 2000, his career was already widely accepted, leading to the second album -
"True Love" followed by "Never Let Me Down," 2001 and "You Can do it." Siddy
Ranks has done numerous tours accompanying other artists as Gregory Isaacs, Owen
Grey, Eric Donaldson and JC Lodge. In Brazil, the artist has performed in several
cities, such as Maranhão, Salvador and Feira de Santana Camaçari, having always
been very well received by audiences. In 2003 he toured St. Lucia and in the same
year he went back to Brazil for another concert. He has also performed with stars
such has DERRICK MORGAN, JIMMYLONDON, JOHN HOGAN,
CHRISTINE JOY WHITE. 2009 saw the release of “The Road of Life” album
producing the same style of music Siddy Ranks is well known for. 2010 saw a slight
deviation in style with the release of the Roots/Dub Style album “Jah is My Rock”
Siddy has to date gigged at small intimate venues throughout the North England and
Telephone: 07405 290738
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The Jamaican Siddy Ranks, before the Roots Nyabinghi, shines in his second appearance in Bahia! Check!
A presentation to put anybody defects. So was the show of Jamaican Siddy Ranks, last Saturday, May 7, 2005 in Salvador. The event that marked the return of the artist to Bahia, and this was his second appearance on good ground, was also the involvement of several bands from the alternative scenario of the Capital, as "Connect Jamaica", "Ed & Poppy Vox" and "Connection Rasta ". The venue for the event was "CODEBA Warehouse" in Commerce - Centre of Salvador. The production was one of the strengths of the event, ensuring the absence of delays and problems with time, leaving the public worried that the only interest at the time, honoring the artists. The highlight of the evening was the band "Roots Nyabinghi", who played with plenty of power next to the Jamaican Siddy ranks, bringing the expressive crowd wild with each classical singer, who incidentally, is a favorite in Bahia and Maranhão. Ranks Siddy not stop a moment, and showed that he also knows playing gigs with a lot of originality, honoring Bob Marley with a different version of "Lively Up Yourself", and "All I Have Is Love" by Gregory Isaacs, an artist with a voice quite similar to the Ranks. With great stage presence and energy, the singer was shown to be in top form to make presentations to any magnitude. The show was full of successes Ranks, which showed no sign of fatigue, and was only stopped due to another presentation that it would still have to do the same night, in Feira de Santana, 100 km from the capital. The organizers of the event are to be congratulated for having managed to bring a great musician and exponent of Reggae in Bahia. We hope to repeat the gesture and it is possible that many other important names in Reggae International will be present in Bahia and Brazil. Thanks: Albino Apollinaris, Jerome and the entire Production Team for the attention and respect to the work of Surfóreaggae.
IMAGES OF THE EVENT
Source: Team Surfὸreaggae
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