Darrio to drop video

FORMER Subkonshus recording deejay Darrio has shot his first official music video since his exit from that camp last year. The video is for the edgy and sexy single Friend With Benefits on Craigy T’s No Apology rhythm.

Recorded recently, Friends With Benefits is on Gafjam Records label. It’s available on iTunes.

Directed by Dameon Gayle, 1

video is scheduled to be released in days.

“It has been a process of revamping and reanalysing the new image and direction for my career, and organising the flow with the new members of PROJECTDarrio. We are now ready to churn out all the new material that I have been recording, and also getting the visuals out so fans can see a different side to me,” Darrio said.

Shot at various locations in Kingston, the video follows a girl, who is cheating on her boyfriend with Darrio in private. However, in public, she pretends to be just friends with him.

The Trelawny-born entertainer shared how the lyrics came about.

“Almost everyone, at one time or another, has had this kind of friendship or interaction, so it’s relatable to most, even my own experience — past, present or future. It’s not talking about any specific girl at a specific point in time, but people will speculate based on rumors who the song is about,” he said.

Darrio, whose given name is Darrio Johnson, is slated to perform at Trelawny Jerk Festival on March 27.

— Jamaica Oberver [Thursday, March 03, 2016]

Darrio feels the love in Africa

Africa has become one of dancehall music’s most vibrant markets, especially in the last five years. Among the artistes making a mark there is singer Darrio.

Next week, the 29-year-old heads to the Motherland for his fourth visit. On October 7, he deejays Delus and Konshens perform in Juba in the Sudan.

The following day, he and Delus are scheduled to perform at the Skyluxx Nightclub in Nairobi, Kenya.

It is Darrio’s second trip to Africa this year, having worked in Kampala, Uganda in August.

“Africa is a high-energy place, the people feel strongly about the music an’ Jamaican culture. Is definitely a different kinda love,” he told the Observer.

The Trelawny-born vocalist first visited Africa in 2011 for gigs in Nairobi. He said dancehall has picked up considerably on the continent since then.

“For me, is one of the places I feel love from early, so is important to return an’ keep current,” he said.

Of his songs, Ungrateful, Girly Girly and Gal sit Down are most popular.

Initially, Africans warmed to roots-reggae music. Leading lights like Marley, Tosh, Burning Spear and Jimmy Cliff championed the anti-colonial mood that swept the region during the 1970s and have enduring fan bases there.

But in recent years, hardcore dancehall acts have been in demand by younger promoters and fans. Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Busy Signal, I-Octane and Konshens are just some of the acts who have performed in countries like South Africa, Uganda and Kenya.

— Howard Campbell, Jamaica Observer [Thursday, October 01, 2015]