Dully Sykes - Biography
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Dully Sykes Biography
Also known as Mr Misifa or Mr Chicks, Dully Sykes is a dancehall artist in Tanzania. He has performed in the UK. Following the footsteps of his father Ebby Sykes, a "Manu Dibango-type musician", Sykes is one of the pioneers of Swahili dancehall in the African Great Lakes region, and is widely known for hits like "Julieta", "Salome", "Historia ya Kweli" and "Leah". Some of his songs are based on true stories. After the first album, Historia ya kweli released in 2003, people started calling his music mwanasesele, Swahili for a high squeaky noise. With the song "Handsome" and an album by the same name, he became one of the biggest names in young urban music in Tanzania. With his third album, he proved that he is not only a singer but a fully-fledged musician by mixing different music styles showing his versatility, without compromising or changing his unique African voice. He has produced music at his Dar es Salaam record label called. Dhahabu Records, and continues to write songs. He has provided "hooks" to many artists including Man X's "Nimechezea Bahati" and P-Funk's "Please Forgive Me". One of his tracks, "Handsome", is on the African Rebel Music Roots reggae and dancehall CD compiled by the international record label, Out Here Records.
Sykes is no stranger to controversy or the gossip columns of newspapers. From being caught by traffic police driving a mini-bus when he was 12 to using pepper-spray at a concert after having a row with the boyfriend of a girl he was flirting with, newspapers always have something to talk about.