b. Kellis Quashie, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Qshan Dia was a low-key performer until 2000 when he recorded the phenomenal ‘Journey’. The song was later included on Reggae Platinum 2001 which resulted in a sudden demand for the singer’s work. He is reminiscent of artists such as Luciano and Bushman in both vocal styling and lyrical content. Although occasionally accused of mimicking his peers, he has managed to rise above the unfair criticism to release a series of classic hits including ‘Rejoice’ on the ‘Peoples Choice’ rhythm and the excellent ‘Face Reality’. Both songs were later featured on Three Wise Men, a release credited to Luciano, Sizzla and Junior Kelly in spite of Qshan Dia’s appearance at the end of the compilation. As probable reparation for the blunder the label that released the compilation also released Qshan Dia’s debut, 2001’s Journey. The album, produced by Colin ‘Bulby’ York, Philip Smart and Sidney Mills, featured the title track alongside ‘God’s Identification’, ‘Where Do We Go (Innocent Lives)’, ‘A Time’ and ‘Too Late’. Hailed by certain parts of the media as reggae’s remedy to Yvad, the singer embarked on a promotional tour and an appearance at the Guinness Reggae Gold Carifest 2001 led to critical acclaim. Qshan Dia demonstrated that he was destined for a promising career when he was nominated as Best Newcomer for 2001.
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