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Sizzla Kalonji began his career in the music industry in his early teenage years. At that time, he was also attempting to begin a career as a mechanic, as his father operated a garage of sorts. The career as a mechanic would soon take a back seat to the music and eventually fade.

He recorded many unacclaimed singles for various producers throughout most of his early years, many of which have not been released to this date. His style at that time was in stark contrast to his mature and developed flow today, as is to be expected with any young talent that is beginning to blossom. Sizzla did not really begin to "come into his own" and become the artiste with whom we are now familiar until the mid 90's, when he was signed by Mr. Fattis Burrell, owner and CEO of Xterminator Records. Xterminator has produced and managed some of the biggest current talent in reggae such as Buju Banton, Luciano, Beres Hammond and others.

At that point in the mid 90's after signing his deal, Sizzla obtained a visa and began touring overseas with Luciano and Buju Banton as an opening act for them. He also began growing his locks at this time and preaching a Rasta oriented message as opposed to the mundane music of his previous years.

The point at which Sizzla arrived on the scene is pivotal due to the fact that a "Roots Revival" was occuring at the time with Garnet Silk and Luciano as its frontmen. In the earlier dancehall music that was characteristic of the mid 80's to mid 90's, "slack" lyrics were the order of the day. These were lyrics that promoted guns, sex, etc. Hence the term, "slack." The main purveyors of this genre of dancehall were artists such as Shabba Ranks, Admiral Bailey, Ninjaman and Supercat, among others.

Garnet Silk who was by all means the main figurehead for the Roots Revival movement, was killed at his home in Manchester, Jamaica in December '94 due to a gas cylinder explosion in his yard. Upon the loss of Garnet Silk, the movement geared up for the arrival of a new messiah to lead the Nation. However, it would be a few years before Sizzla Kalonji would actually step forth and assume his throne rightfully, without dispute.

Sizzla, although newly signed to a record deal with Xterminator, had a relatively slow start. His first album, 'Burning Up' was released in 1995 as well as a few singles that got decent rotation. But Sizzla's big debut hit tune would also come in that year. This was the tune, 'No White God', in which he espoused his newly adopted Bobo Ashanti ideal of a Black Messiah, which was acquired during a pilgrimage to Zion, otherwise known as Bobo Hill, where he was "crowned" by the preists there as a Bobo Ashanti. These lyrics were markedly different from his previous Rasta inspired lyrics and it was evident that Sizzla had gained new power as a result of his pilgrimage.

Soon after the release of 'No White God', Sizzla's relations with fellow Xterminator label mate Luciano began to deteriorate due to the fact that the two had begun to blaze different trails within the same music. Luciano represented a mild force, while Sizzla began to become publicly associated with his true element; Fire. The result was foreseeable and while Luciano and Sizzla had many musical combinations and toured together frequently in Sizzla's early days, Sizzla was entering a new dimension in his career and developed into the Fiyah Man that we now familiar with.

When 'No White God' hit the streets and gained momentum, Sizzla's fame increased as well. Conventional wisdom asserts that it was at this time that Sizzla began to associate with other fiery Bobo Ashanti elements in the music such as Capleton and his David House organisation. In all reality, Sizzla was beginning to become so popular that it was Capleton who sought the company of Sizzla, and not vice-versa. This is an important distinction because at that time, Capleton was a far more established and reputed artist than Sizzla. The two began to tour frequently together and it was a rare occasion that one would be mentioned without the other's name soon following.

Not long after the release of 'No White God,' Sizzla released what is arguably his most critically acclaimed album to date entitled, 'Black Woman & Child' for Bobby Digital. This album catapulted Sizzla into the stratosphere and finally into his throne as the 'King of Reggae.' Soon after, Sizzla adopted the name 'Kalonji' which means 'victorious.'

Very shortly after the release of 'Black Woman & Child', Sizzla further cemented his royal status in the music with the release of 'Praise Ye Jah' on the Xterminator label. There was no doubt in the minds of the people that Sizzla Kalonji would be here to stay after the release of 'Praise Ye Jah'.

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