Blind music producer appeals for airplay
Born January 1, 1988, Shavane 'Escallibah' Daley started his record label in the year 2015, however, he began to pursue music seriously while he was in high school at Jamaica College.
When visually impaired drummer and music producer Shavane Escallibah Daley decided to embark on his musical journey, he decided a long time ago that we would make nothing derail his dream.
For decades blind and visual impaired professionals have been contributing to the global cultural landscape, from Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul, Derick Morgan, the Fab 5 Band and Helen Keller. Now Daley is forging his own path.
Born January 1, 1988, Shavane 'Escallibah' Daley started his record label in the year 2015, however, he began to pursue music seriously while he was in high school at Jamaica College. He used to frequent studios such as BusOut studio in Cross Roads in Kingston and Free Willy Production in Olympic Gardens and others.
He recorded his first song at the age of 16 which was a soca song entitled 'Am Going Home'. He recorded other songs but they lacked promotion. In time, he began to focus his efforts on the production side of music, establishing Blue Phlamez Records in 2015.
He began working on the Sweet Dreams Riddim: One Culture One Voice', a project that took three years to come to fruition.
“After three years, I must say I am happy to have the final product to share with the world. This collection is for everyone, that is why I joined artistes from Zimbabwe, South Africa, The Canary Island, Jamaica, Canada, America and Germany to show that reggae is one culture despite your native tongue," he said.
Distributed by tunecore.com, the riddim album can be streamed on all popular music streaming site as well as online music stores such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spinlet, Deezer, Kkbox, Spinlet and if you want a physical copy of the album, music lovers can check out Amazon music.
A skilled drummer playing the drum set and the Congo drum, Daley has a great ear for music, but he is not a composer of music.
"Someone created the beat for my project, Sweet Dreams, and I am the executive producer for the project. For special tracks, I let the musicians know what I want to be played. I am also an integral part of the mixing process, and I instructed the mixer, Slick Rick, to deliver the finished product I wanted, removing the reverb there, or dropping the voice, I have the knowledge and passion for the music," he said.
He credits music producer Askel, who is also visually impaired, for his mentorship, and thanked Dr Dennis Howard, general manager for radio services at the RJR Communications Group, for his insight and encouragement.
Davey also participated in the National Festival Song competition finals in 2018, where he was one of the producers in the top ten for the 2018 JCDC Jamaica Festival Song competition with 'Jamaica Wi Rich' performed by Juke Box.
He wants to improve the lot of visually impaired in society.
"A lot of persons take us for granted, they come to us to do certain things and don't want to pay, we are good at what we do, and they don't think we need money, they want to take advantage of us. A lot of them think that the government gives us a disability cheque like in the US, but that is not the case," he said.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in entertainment and cultural enterprise management. He also has a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies.
"I am begging the disc jockeys and broadcasters to give me some airplay on this project, I spent three years out of my life putting it together at a great financial cost to me, I wanted to take my time to produce a great project, please give me some support," he appealed.
Below is a list of songs on the album:
- Miss You Ma Family by Poptane from Zimbabwe.
- My Way by Dactah Chando from The Canary Island.
- Walk This Way by TriXStar from Germany.
- In Your Love Life by Phorien from Connecticut
- Good Night Sweet Dreams by Careen Mclean feat Escallibah from Jamaica.
- No Junior by Rally Banks from Jamaica.
- Some Loving by Nero Arcus from New Jersey.
- These Dreams by Tasha T from Canada.
- Sigue Tu Camino by Dactah Chando from The Canary Island.
- My Girl by Nass from Jamaica.
- Family time by Zionruts Family from South Africa.