1981 (age 40)
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Ricardo Blijden (born 1981), better known by his stage name Ziggi Recado, is a reggae singer of Antillean descent.
Growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius the young Ricardo Blijden was given the nickname Ziggi by his grandparents who raised him. In 1999, at the age of 18, Ziggi moved to Rotterdam to study. Through the influence of friends who were aspiring artists, Ziggi began experimenting with music around 2002-2004. This gradually grew into a hobby that he had a natural talent for.
In February 2006, Ziggi Recado's debut album "So Much Reasons" was released. With this album Ziggi gained national notoriety in The Netherlands and managed to capture several awards such as "Best Album", "Best Artist" and "Best Live Act". His track "Blaze it" also had a major impact internationally and peaked at the #1 position in the official German reggae charts for weeks.
In 2008 With the cooperation of VP/Greensleeves records Ziggi's 2nd studio album "In Transit" was released internationally. This album which included the hit songs "Need To Tell You This" and "Gonna leave you" received raving reviews throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Ziggi was now drawing attention on a global level.
In 2010 Ziggi continued to tour and also released his first EP exclusively on iTunes called "Same Difference/Introducing Ziggi Recado"
In 2011 Ziggi's self entitled album "Ziggi Recado" was released internationally. This album contained the hit song "Mary" and would be the first album on which Ziggi ventured into producing. This album solidified Ziggi's reputation as a great musician and songwriter.
In 2012, after a split with his label and management at the end of 2011, Ziggi released his first independent projects: 2 EP's entitled 'Liberation' and 'Liberation 2.0'. 'Liberation 2.0' was well received and contained the hit song 'Liberation'. After releasing numerous singles in 2013, Ziggi Recado's newest album 'Therapeutic' was released on May 20th 2014.
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