NC Dread is a Singjay and songwriter based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His genre of music is dancehall – reggae. Singjaying emanates from a Jamaican style of reggae vocals combining toasting (loosely defined as a form of Jamaican rapping) and singing. He is inspired by the likes of Wayne Wonder who in a song can be both Wayne Wonder the singer and his alter ego Surprise the deejay. As you know a lot of Wayne Wonder songs feature Surprise who is in fact the same person.
The name NC Dread short for ‘Natty Crucial Dread’ is a combination of two phrases, that is, ‘natty dread’ and ‘crucial lyrics’. Natty dread, made popular by Bob Marley’s album also of the same name, means ‘rasta man’, an individual who seeks righteousness over evil or chooses to walk in the path set by God. ‘Crucial lyrics’ relates to the content of the songs written. Hence, the songs written and sung by NC Dread seek to communicate a positive rather than negative or destructive message, in other words “no slack lyrics”.
NC Dread has always been in love with singing for as long as he can remember. He started out singing in church choirs or accappella groups that harmonized under the influence of Az Yet and Boys2Men. However, when he was introduced to reggae in the early 90s, it was there where he found his passion for this genre of music. Although he has a career as an auditor, his passion for the music drove him to write and perform songs wherever the opportunity presented itself. In the year 2012, it was through a producer, Awakhiwe ‘LaSoul Productions’ Mbuyazwe, based in Cape Town, that his dream of recording was realised. This is where he recorded the single ‘Always’.
The year 2013 has been a great year for NC Dread as he released his mixtape entitled “THIS IS WHO I AM” where he is introducing himself to the people as an artist and what he is all about. The mixtape was a huge success featuring the number 1 hits “Always”, “Take you away” and “True God”, which have and are still being played in major radio stations and clubs in South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, UK etc He is currently working on having his work on radio stations in Zimbabwe as well.
NC Dread has been working tirelessly in the studio completing tracks for his upcoming album, of which he has released a remix of the number 1 “Take you away” which will be part of the album. The album will certainly adhere to the same vocal and songwriting standards his fans have come to expect from him.
Stage Name: NC Dread (Natty Crucial Dread)
Music Genre: Ragga / Dancehall / Reggae
Recent works: Take you away LaSoul Remix (Single off the upcoming album)
Upcoming projects: The Album
Favourite saying: You know wat a gwaan!
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