Sadiki ADD


Today's ideal artist is somewhat of a Renaissance person - one who can sing, write, produce and engineer. Sadiki fits the bill. On his debut album “Morning's Come”, he masterfully combines influences from Nat King Cole to Beenie Man, proving why he was nominated as the “Most Promising Entertainer” in 2007 by the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).   He was born Henry Buckley, Jr., in Rollington Town, Kingston, Jamaica. With a father, Henry Buckley, who was a singer/songwriter and the Music Director/Conductor for the Jamaica Constabulary Force Band, Sadiki was given no choice as to the career path that would later choose him. He migrated to the United States in the late 80’s and settled on Chicago's northside. As part of Chicago's sizeable Jamaican community he was exposed to the newest Reggae sounds coming out of Jamaica as well as the cutting edge of Hip-Hop, R&B and everything in between. Through these influences Sadiki has developed the vocal range and lyrical skills that brings together the best of both worlds. In the late 90’s he landed a deal with the D'Arcy Wretzy (Smashing Pumpkins) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne / Ivy) owned label Scratchie Records, (distributed by Mercury Records). In 1997 his self-titled debut was released on Scratchie/Mercury under the name Pancho Kryztal, to good reviews but disappointing sales as Mercury Records went through a change in its’ corporate structure.   Un-phased by the lack of commercial success of his first major release, Sadiki returned to Jamaica in 2001 where he scored a big hit with “Gal Dem Everytime” on the Buyout riddim for reggae producer Tony 'CD' Kelly. He also recorded “Tribute” on the Smile riddim and “Sure” on the No Vacancy riddim for ‘Computer’ Paul Henton’s Boot Camp Records. During that year, Sadiki met Reggae singer/songwriter Beres Hammond. He was asked to add his vocals to a track at Hammond's Silekshan Studio. Within a few months of working alongside Hammond, Sadiki was selected as one of the opening acts for the elder musicians’ Music is Life World Tour 2002. On tour with Hammond for almost two years, Sadiki performed throughout the USA, Japan and the Caribbean. Taking the lessons he had learned on the road with Hammond, he returned to Jamaica where he started work on his debut album.   As well as being Sadiki's singing and songwriting debut, the album, “Morning's Come”, was Sadiki’s producing and engineering debut, as he produced or co-produced each and every track. “Morning's Come” also featured production from top reggae veteran producer Lloyd Campbell of Joe Fraser Records (Glen Washington, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley), England’s top reggae producer Chris Peckings (Bitty McLean), Delly Ranks (Sean Paul, Mavado) and Arif Cooper (Guardian Angel riddim). In March of 2007, he did a 4-city tour of Japan. After this successful tour, he was offered a licensing deal in Japan. “Morning’s Come” was released in Japan in November of 2007 (Skinny Bwoy/P-Vine Records). Within weeks of its’ Japan release the album hit the #1 spot for reggae releases at HMV record stores throughout Japan, and charted within the top 5 for sales in Tower Record stores. The US Version of “Morning’s Come”, featuring new and unreleased tracks was released worldwide in the Fall of 2008.   In the Summer of 2009, Sadiki started work on two albums. The first album - “Lifeline” is a collaborative effort teaming Sadiki with veteran producer Lloyd Campbell and Jason Sterling of Joe Fraser Records. For 2010, the first single - “African Queen”, was released on vinyl in limited quantities. No release date has been set for the album. The second album is still in the recording phases, and is also a collaborative effort, this time teaming Sadiki with Chris Peckings of Peckings Records in the UK.   Through his travels Sadiki has shared the stage with Buju Banton, Gyptian, Bascom X, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths, KCi & Jo Jo, Beenie Man, Gerald Levert, Kelly Price among others