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DI works on expansion

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Danielle 'DI' Isaacs. Contributed

Says there is more to her music

She is perhaps best known as the sultry dancehall vixen on tracks such as the up-tempo Beat It (not to be confused with Michael Jackson's song), Turn Him On, and a collaboration with Beenie Man, Brown Girl in the Ring based on the classic Jamaican school-yard ditty.

But singjay Danielle Isaacs or DI, is a versatile and complex artiste who is not afraid to transcend genres.

Since teaming up with the Rhythm Twins, the moniker applied to internationally rated producers Sly and Robbie of the Taxi Gang, DI has set her sights on further honing her musical talent and churning out a wide range of selections, showcasing her many moods and outlooks.

"I am comfortable on a much broader level than I am generally given credit for. My working with Sly and Robbie is to bring the best production class to my music so that I can showcase my art at the highest level," she said.

This side of her comes out in songs like Rebel, the lead track on Danielle DI The Rebel, a seven-track EP due for release early this month.


DI is also angling to tour major markets to take her sound to a global platform where she thinks she could also bring some fruitful partnerships with corporate interests.

"I think my versatility and packaging can bring some useful metrics to the table for corporations who want to tap into fresh and even eclectic sounds that appeal to prime market segments," she mused.

Well, she could not have chosen better hands in which to put her faith, as Sly and Robbie are past masters of the art of creating new waves.

Foundation reggae acts like Toots Hibbert, Dennis Brown, Ini Kamoze and today's fresh new talents, have benefited from Sly and Robbie's special genius.

Global music icons such as Joan Armatrading, Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan and the ubiquitous, evergreen Rolling Stones can also put their hands up to say they have been touched by the talent of the twins.

It was Sly and Robbie that innovated and popularised the sound known as raga and took a then obscure singer, Grace Jones to the pinnacle of the techno house sound that ruled the club scene in world capitals in the early '80s.

But just in case you were wondering, DI is not selling out, nor going "soft".

She will continue to chant steamy tracks, while unveiling her full range and versatility.

"I have so much music in me bursting to get out,"' she said. The music world had better take note.