Charles Blanvillain

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Charly B

Charly B - Rototom Sunsplash Festival 2010 Espagne.
Background information
Birth name Charles Blanvillain
Born 28 September 1981
Rome, Italy
Genres Reggae
Occupations Singer
Years active 1999–present
Labels Geejam Recordings, Forward Recordings
Associated acts Inout Experience, Paris
Website http://www.charlyb.com www.charlyb.com

Charly B (born Charles Blanvillain, 28 September 1981) is a French reggae artist, author, composer, interpreter, performing internationally.

Biography[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Born in Rome, Italy from a family of musicians, he is from French, German and Armenian origins. At the age of 4 he moves to Geneva (Switzerland) where he spends most of his childhood. Music is then everything to him, and he discovers reggae at the age of 15, when he spends one year in Jamaica at IONA High School, hosted in a Jamaican family, having obtained a scholarship from the American Field Service. Later on, after passing his international baccalaureate, he studies sound techniques at the School of Recording Arts, Canada and at the Sound and Audio Engineering School in Geneva, Switzerland.

He starts to be interested in Reggae music very early, and at the age of 15, he composes his first song. His musical studies in Canada, long stays in Jamaica, and time spent living in France near the Swiss border form the cultural triumvirate from which Charly B draws his artistic vision. He has been singing with legends of dancehall like Capleton, Kiprich, De Marco and Anthony B.

Career[change | change source]

In 2002, at the age of 21, he wins the first prize for the best Geneva (Switzerland) Singjay[1][2] In 2003, he writes a song for the movie Destination Jamaica by George Tait (Jungle George)[3] In 2004, his song "My Queen" appears in the DVD sold with the Austrian surfers' magazine Methodmag,[4] published in 60,000 copies. In 2005 he wins the 1st prize for best Singjay in Switzerland organized by Giddeon Productions[5][6] Unfortunately, he cannot take advantage of the prize (concert on the main stage of Rototom Sunsplash Festival 2005) in Italy, as he is expected in Jamaica that summer, and therefore gives his prize to the number 2 in the competition, Elijah. In 2007, Eliane Dambre from the Ateliers du Funambule sponsored by Michel Fugain, which studios are based in Nyon, decides to present his candidacy to the Eurovision for Switzerland,[7] against DJ Bobo to represent Switzerland, but his candidacy is too late to be retained. More recently, in 2009, he has won the price for the best reggae song[8] at the competition organized by Reggae Europe. He has deposited to SACEM over 100 titles entirely composed by him (music and lyrics), in French, English and Jamaican patois.

Encounter with Jon Baker[change | change source]

In summer 2009, he makes what he calls "a crucial encounter" with the producer Jon Baker, and records at Geejam Studios[9] his album Forever, which will be released in 2011 under the label Geejam Recordings/ Forward Recordings. This encounter with Jon Baker is very important for the artist; the British producer (a friend of Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records), has discovered many talents, among which recently the reggae singer Alborosie and The Jolly Boys. Moreover, he gains the confidence of Reggae Europe who partners with Geejam Recordings for the album Forever.

Start of tours and international invitations[change | change source]

At the end of 2009, he is invited in Germany (Leipzig) to meet with Pionear from Germaican records[10] then invited by Stylordz[11][12] in Toronto and New York for the anniversary of Zulu Nation. In Toronto he shoots the clip of the song "Ooh No". In 2010, invited by the CAMA Festival[13] in Hanoï, Vietnam, he makes a Vietnam tour (Hanoï and Ho Chi Minh City) and upon his return, attends the ROTOTOM Sunsplash Festival[14][15] in August 2010. He is travelling between Jamaica and France, working on his last album Forever, which will be released in 2011.

International Vietnam Tour[change | change source]

Vietnam Tour Vietnam in May 2010, Hanoï and Ho Chi Minh City[16][17][18][19] interview Cama Festival télé Hanoï[20]

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

  • 2000 : Chu-chu Stylordz Production - Canada
  • 2001 : Move Stylordz Production - Canada
  • 2002 : Vengeance to God Ladies Party
  • 2003 : My Queen Pow Pow records - MethodMag - Europe
  • 2004 : Album Reality Redhemption Production
  • 2004 : Album More Reality Redhemption Production
  • 2005 : Album Thugz Style Severely III Production, La plus belle femme (Video clip on TVM3)
  • 2006 : Album Family Affair Redhumption Production, Several titles in album Hemp Higher Sound
  • 2007 : Album International Ting - Charly B and the Official Band
  • 2008 : Album Zulu Nation Stylordz Production - Canada (Amazon.com an E-music.com)
  • 2009 : Several titles in the album Redhemption Sound fi All Africans
  • 2010 : Album Tomorrow is just another day (with Henry P.).
  • Release in 2011: Album Forever

Singles[change | change source]

  • Rock and come in
  • Le rêveur
  • The dreamer
  • Brown Eyes

Video clips[change | change source]

  • Chu-chu - shot in Canada
  • La plus belle femme - shot in Nyon, Switzerland
  • On s'empare de la party - shot with La Dixion in Switzerland
  • The way you wine- shot in Port Antonio in Jamaica by the studios Geejam
  • Ooh No - shot in Toronto au Canada
  • Deux vidéos documentaires - shot in Port Antonio en Jamaica
  • Documentary video shot in New York nov. 2009 for the anniverary of Zulu Nation
  • Vidéo of the radio interview in Toronto, Canada
  • Forever - shot in Port Antonio, Jamaica in Sept. 2010.
  • Video of the ROTOTOM Sunsplash festival concert in August 2010

TV Programmes[change | change source]

Shows[change | change source]

Notes and references[change | change source]

  1. http://www.musiclogy.net/en/artist/Charly+B
  2. http://www.mx3.ch/artist/charlybtheofficial
  3. http://www.reggaefilms.co.uk/dvdscontent.html
  4. http://www.methodmag.com/
  5. http://www.aightgenossen.ch/archive/index.php/t-144282.html
  6. http://web.archive.org/web/20051026120146/www.gideonproduction.ch/singjaycontest.htm
  7. Article on the Swiss newspaper "20 minutes" of 6 December 2006 in the section "People"
  8. http://www.reggae.fr/lire-news/3302_200908_Charly-B-vainqueur-avec-son-titre-My-Sound.html
  9. http://www.geejamstudios.com/
  10. http://www.germaica.net/wp_english/
  11. http://www.stylordz.com/
  12. http://www.maxisciences.com/media/stylordz-trx-v-charly-b-november-2009-radio-interview-prt-1_vid1936948.html
  13. http://www.camafestival.com/
  14. http://www.rototomsunsplash.com/fr/news/116-lion-stage/2075-lion-stage-charly-b
  15. http://www.rototomsunsplash.com/en/multimedia/video/live/viewvideo/631/live-2010-lion-stage/charlie-b-a-princess-erika
  16. http://www.wordhcmc.com/hanoi/events/141-general/1216-charly-b-vietnam-tour
  17. http://hanoigrapevine.com/2010/05/hcmc-duo-stereoheroes-charly-b-in-town/
  18. http://www.camafestival.com/bands.html
  19. http://hanoigrapevine.com/2010/04/cama-festival-start-dancing-stop-aids-2/
  20. http://wn.com/Hanoi_2010_Part_two
  21. http://www.funambule.ch/historique.html
  22. http://contest.caribana.ch/2007/caribakids/
  23. -
  24. http://www.germaica.net/wp_english/2009/10/05/fly-high-vol12-the-french-link-up/
  25. http://www.stylordz.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=200:stylordz-achievements-list&catid=3:newsflash&Itemid=53

Other websites[change | change source]