Desire Sibanda (born December 17, 1985) is a Zimbabwean reggae singer and songwriter, better known by his stage name Dizzy Dee. He moved to Australia in 2007 and currently resides in Melbourne where he performs and works as a disk jockey on a regular basis.

Dizzy Dee
Dizzy Dee wearing Kings cap
Dizzy Dee at Just4FunGrafix Studios
Born Desire Sibanda
December 17, 1985
Triangle, Zimbabwe
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Zimbabwean
Other names
  • Dizzy
Alma mater
  • South Eastern College
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Disc jockey
  • record producer
  • record executive
Years active 2004–present
Home town Melbourne, Australia
Height 5'8 (1.73 m)
Children
  • Mahalia Thandiwe Sibanda (daughter)
Parent(s)
  • Danny Sibanda (father)
  • Lillian Sibanda (mother)
Relatives
  • Joan Thandiwe Sibanda (sister)
  • Lister Sibanda (sister)
  • Dick Sibanda (brother)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels
  • VP Records
  • VPAL Music
  • Abra Records
  • Soundalize It Records
  • FlipTunesMusic
Associated acts
  • Lutan Fyah
  • Etana
  • Jah Mason
  • Patoranking
  • Stonebwoy
  • Marvin Priest
  • Don Goliath
  • Saralene
  • ZJ Heno
  • Slicker 1
  • Jusa Dementor
  • Torch
  • Beniton
Website dizzydeemusic.com

Born in Collin Saunders Hospital in Triangle, Zimbabwe, Dizzy Dee moved to Australia at age twenty one, where he did his graphic design studies. After a brief stint as a DJ while finishing his studies, he released his first EP U Don't Care in 2008. As a producer he has worked with artists such as Quashani Bahd on her single That's Why I love You [1] and executively produced dancehall artist Slicker 1’s debut album called Culture Shocked.[2] For Valentine's Day 2017 he released the single All That I Need [3] featuring PASIKA, which was Dizzy Dee's most successful track to date.

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Early life

Dizzy Dee was born Desire Sibanda in Triangle, Zimbabwe, the last child of four siblings. He was named 'Desire' by his late uncle, Noel Sibanda. (1948 – 1985). His mother is Lillian Sibanda (née Muboko; born 1951). His father Danny Mitti Sibanda (born 1947) was an expeditor at Triangle Limited (Zimbabwe) and retired in 2014. His mother owns businesses in the small town of Triangle located in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe, 125km south-east from Masvingo, between Ngundu Growth Point and Chiredzi. He attended Murray McDougall Primary School and South Eastern College.

When he was very young, Sibanda began singing at the local Seventh Day Adventist Church where his father is an elder. Later joining Shutter Crew as an MC in 1999 performing at local shows as well as touring with Saxon Sound.

In 2004 Dizzy Dee featured on compilation albums recorded in Chiredzi at the then popular Maodzanyemba Records. Later that same year he worked with Tony Fresh and Rebel Child, from Chitungwiza and Chiredzi, respectively, on a major project which included singles Rastaman and Usandisiye.

Musical career

2004: Maodzanyemba Records

Dizzy Dee joined Chiredzi based Maodzanyemba Records in 2004.

2007–2014: ABRA Records, U Don't Care, Soundalize It, Never See We Fading and Overcome

Since arriving in Australia he has collaborated with a number of international artists, and has opened for Sean Paul and Richie Spice.[4]

In 2008 he joined ABRA Records led by fellowZimbabwean producers Tawanda Sibotshiwe also known in the music circles as Jusa Dementor and ABRA Simzz. ABRA stands for African Bred Recording Artists although they have produced songs for Jamaican artists including Red Rat, Ward 21, Beenie Man, Charly Black and Major Lazer they specialise in upcoming African talent as well.

Sibanda recorded his first EP U Don't Care EP in 2008 and released it in 2009 under ABRA Records. The EP had 5 tracks including an instrumental mix and acapella of the title track U Don't Care as well as Fuss & Fight and Achadzoka which were targeted at the zimdancehall community in Zimbabwe and the diaspora at large. U Don't Care was made avaibalbe on Compact disc and digital download.

In 2014 he started experimenting with a different sound, roots reggae. After working with Chilean based producer Kutral Dub on the single Give Me Love he got interested in a Romanian label called Soundalize It Records which later became his new home. Ever since joining forces with Romanian reggae producer LionRiddims to record Never See We Fading, Time Shall Tell and Overcome Dizzy Dee has established himself within the genre.

Although he had started his recording career in 2004, Sibanda's big break came in 2014 when he collaborated with Jamaican reggae star Torch, co-writing the song Thought for the mind.[5] Torch also featured on Sibanda's 2014 single Never See We Fading.[6] He also recorded Overcome featuring Beniton.

2015–2016: Time Shall Tell and VP Records

After signing a distribution deal with VPAL Music (of VP Records) in 2016,[7][8] he released an EP, Time Shall Tell, later that year.[9][10] Dizzy Dee joins StoneBwoy and Patoranking as one of the few African born reggae artists signed to the label.

The 6-tracks set gathered musicians and producers from Jamaica, Romania, Canada, United States, Germany, Australia and Vanuatu to create a contemporary Reggae/Dancehall infused body of work that aims to crossover and introduce him to new markets also showcasing his progression since the release of his critically acclaimed single Never See We Fading, other noteworthy collaborations on the EP are Overcome featuring Beniton, Stay Focused with German songstress Saralène and Wake Up & Live featuring Australian Reggae artist Jah Tung and Tujah from Vanuatu.

The EP debuted at number 2 on the Australian iTunes charts for the [oots reggae genre,[11] and received airtime on local and international radio stations.[4][12]

2017–present: My Journey

In February 2017 he performed at the 36th Annual Bob Marley Outernational concert as a headline artist alongside Etana and Black Slate. In March he toured with Beenie Man as one of the official supporting artists on the Grammy award winning artist's maiden tour of Australia.[13][14][15]

He is set to release a new album, My Journey, in 2017, featuring collaborations with artists from Jamaica and Zimbabwe.[16]

Artistry

Influences

One of his earliest musical memories is listening to his parents vinyl collection, which included The Soul Brothers, Micheal Jackson, Ray Phiri. Sibanda collected the infamous Road Warrior cassettes which had carefully selected reggae and dancehall songs mixed by popular disc jockeys. Sibanda also explored the music of older reggae stars, including Capleton, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Gregory Isaacs and Ken Boothe and states reggae as his favourite music. During his teen years he became an MC for Shutter Crew and Saxon Sound, often hanging out with Little Hero and Letsha T who were amongst the top selectors in Triangle. It wasn't until he was older that he started writing his own music and contesting in Variety Shows.

Sibanda has also been influenced by many artists outside the reggae genre. As a teen he enjoyed R&B acts including Jagged Edge, Donnell Jones, Chaka Khan, Brandy, Joe Thomas and R. Kelly. He has also spoken fondly of singer and songwriter Brandy Norwood for her remarkable vocal range. 

"My dad is my biggest model because he has always been strict and I think that has helped me a lot. When I work on projects I take the same approach", said Sibanda [17]

Musical style

Sibanda's music is generally reggae, but also incorporates Dancehall, R&B, Hip Hop and Afrobeat elements. Time Shall Tell fused reggae and dancehall together, hip hop elements are heard on tracks such as Overcome. The title track Time Shall Tell is modern reggae while Stay Focused has a heavy roots reggae baseline and keys to it.

In 2017 he showed his versatility with All That I Need which is a R&B song which he sings with ease. His voice has often been described as soft, raspy, and husky by music critics and Sibanda himself. His lyrics touch on various topics such as politics, relationships, reality, hardships and struggle.

Awards and nominations

Australia Reggae Radio Music Awards 2017

Nominations


Philanthropy

Sibanda has been involved in humanitarian support in areas including third world schools, the victims of the Haiti Earthquake, clean water projects in Africa through Oxfam Australia, health research and quality of life. Musically, he has helped fundraise on many occasions. 

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake ravaged Haiti on January 12, 2010 claiming up to 316,000 lives and displacing more than 1.5 million people. In February he performed at a fundraiser at the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne to raise funds for the Haitian earthquake victims.[19]

In May 2015 Colonel Mustard’s held a charity event at Northcote’s Bar 303 to raise funds for Orangutan Foundation International which main purpose is to buy and maintain forestland for primates to live on, rescue orangutans from captivity, maintain Camp Leakey, a primate research faculty and encourage awareness and alternatives for the palm oil industry which has been responsible for a large portion of primate endangerment in South East Asia. Some of Melbourne's too DJ's performed there including a vocal set from Dizzy Dee.[20]

March 2016 Sibanda performance at a charity event organised by Mishmash Charity Events to raise funds to support the work of the Soi Dog Foundation, whose focus is to save the homeless dogs and cats in Thailand, as well as many other countries across the world.

In 2017 he coheadlined The 36th Annual Bob Marley Outernational held in Western Australia with Etana & Black Slate with proceeds donated to Oxfam. [21]

Discography

Extended plays

Albums

Studio albums

Riddim compilation albums

As featured artist

Singles

As lead artist

As featured artist

Guest appearances

Tours and concerts

HeadliningCo-headliningSupporting

See also

Pictures

References

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External links

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