|Style, wit, grace, intelligence, creativity and flare for controversy are all key components for a budding diva. Add a bit of sexiness, a lethal body and stunning smile along with a large measure of talent and youve just defined the allure of CeCile Dancehalls Bad Gyal. Known simply as CeCile, this Jamaican is widely tipped as the woman most likely to join Dancehalls men in the mainstream. She already has a raft of popular Jamaican singles to her credit, but its her debut album of girl-power anthems, Bad Gyal, that is most likely to thrust her to the International stage.
From the beginning CeCile has been an innovator. This Bad Gyal has kept tongues wagging since first breaking into the Dancehall scene with the self produced, shockingly refreshing and thought provoking smash Changez designed as a marketing ploy by poking fun at her male counterparts. Rhythmically inventive and catchy, it shot across dancehalls macho braggadocio, light-heartedly lampooning the musics biggest male names with unflattering speculation on their bedroom performance. Not surprisingly, it won her a legion of female fans. CeCile is a deadly combination of sex appeal with veracity and though dancehall for the most part is purely a testosterone-driven sphere, to miss CeCile is to miss half the story.
She writes lyrics that other females shy away from for fear of being shunned in Jamaicas male dominated music scene. Being the most outspoken, especially on issues concerning women, CeCile has never felt trapped from expressing her stance as being bold, calculating and brutally honest in her lyrics and subject matter. Her song Do It To Me, requesting reciprocal oral treatment (taboo in Jamaica) was demanding and in your face encouraging men to be bold and admit to their true bedroom behavior. Faking discloses many women have to resort to that level in order to pacify their partners inadequate performance.
Talk Talk playful reveals the fact that many women are not above sampling their friends goodies due to the information they confide about their man. These are just samples of her creative, controversial and fun subject. CeCiles sense of assurance can partially be attributed to her background as the daughter of a respected family from the affluent town of Mandeville, Jamaica. But its also down to the fact that she is something of an anomaly in the islands music industry, being a part of one of Mandevilles oldest, wealthiest and most prestigious families. The granddaughter of Mandevilles cherished mayor, CeCile unexpectedly fell in love with the tough sound of dancehall and instead of battling her way through Kingstons hard scrabble recording scene, she systematically and single-mindedly pursued her career from the inside and began honing her signature sinjay vocal style; a blend of honeyed melodies and rapid-fire rapping delivered in a heavy patios, otherwise known as chatting or toasting.
CeCile’s signature sound – the combination of sultry singing, along with finely honed deejaying, has left in her wake a string of CeCile knockoffs that have started emulating her pioneering style, but CeCile maintains she is a full package that can never be duplicated. Bad Gyal CeCile has been widely acknowledged with the bevy of award nominations received over the years which include capturing accolades for; the Irie Jam Radio Awards, Jamaican Federation of Musicians, Martins International Reggae Music Awards, South Florida Reggae Awards, Stone Love Awards, Star Awards, Richie Bs awards, Tamika Awards and more. To date, CeCile is still one of the few Dancehall artists to be featured in Source Magazine, Vibe Magazine and XLR8R Magazine.
CeCile has managed to secure collaborations with elite artists including; Shaggy, Timberland, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Lady Saw and G-Units Olivia. Finalizing a new record deal with indie label Danger Zone Records/SoBe Ent., CeCile is now focused on wrapping up exclusive tracks for her debut album. The leading single off her album is a remake of her regional dancehall hit Hot Like That featuring Trina. Songs on the album tentatively reflect a combination of reputable Dancehall hit makers such as ; Danger Zone Productions, Arif Cooper, Cordel Coolie Dance Skatta Burrel, South Rakkas Crew, and Steely & Clevie . Although she has come this far by doing things her own way, CeCile laughs at the idea of being seen as a role model. Its not about setting an example to others in her eyes as being true to herself is enough. Such an uncompromising attitude makes CeCile truly an original voice. Check out CeCiles website http://www.cecileflava.com and www.myspace.com/cecile for more information.