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Iley Dread tries to wake up from nightmare

Published:Monday | February 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Colin 'Iley Dread' Levy.

Rastafarian reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka 'Iley Dread', is now introducing himself as 'Chardavid'.

The singer explained that a name change had become necessary, owing to challenges relating to securing his publishing. He has described the situation as "a nightmare".

"The company which used to handle my publishing was sold a few years ago, however, the new owners say they did not buy out the publishing aspect of the business, but the former company no longer exists," Iley Dread explained.

With his publishing in a virtual no-man's land, the singer witnessed a very lucrative aspect of his career almost come to a standstill.

"Over the years, I have written songs for so many artistes, including myself. I worked on several projects; one in particular that I did was the 'Koolie Dance' project. This has been used in the movie, Coach Carter starring Samuel L. Jackson, and many other television and radio commercials. However, all of this was under the name Iley Dread, so I have not been receiving any publishing. Until that is sorted out, it is prudent for me to use a new name," Iley Dread explained.

With regard to his decision to use the name Chardavid, Levy noted that as a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, he is from the tribe of Issachar.

"Since I am small in stature my brethren and sistren have often called me 'Char' from the name Issachar and 'David' in reference to the small boy David who slew the giant Goliath," Levy elaborated.

"I see this name fitting as 2012 is a new chapter in my life musically. My new album Unleashed shows my creativity, and while my messages of love and unity remain the same, my style of music has evolved and will definitely appeal to a wider fan base.

"I know my fans will still refer to me as Iley Dread or Colin Levy from time to time, but my music will be released under the name Chardavid," he concluded.