Today's ideal artist is somewhat of a Renaissance person - one who can sing, write, produce and engineer and everything in between. Sadiki fits the bill!
He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the US in the late 80's where he settled on Chicago's northside. Through the influences of Hip-Hop, R&B & Reggae, Sadiki developed the vocal range and lyrical skills that brings together the best of all three genres. He landed a deal with the D'Arcy Wretzy (Smashing Pumpkins) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne / Ivy) owned label Scratchie Records, (distributed by Mercury Records) and released his self-titled debut album "Pancho Kryztal".
He then changed his name to Sadiki and scored a big hit with “Gal Dem Everytime” on the Buyout riddim for multi-platinum producer Tony 'CD' Kelly (Sean Paul, Shaggy). He then met and started recording with veteran Reggae singer/songwriter Beres Hammond. Within months of working alongside Hammond, Sadiki was selected as an opening act for the elder musicians’ Music is Life World Tour. On tour with Hammond for close to two years, Sadiki performed throughout the USA, Japan and the Caribbean.
After a successful 4-city solo tour of Japan in March of 2007, he was offered a licensing deal for Japan. His debut album “Morning’s Come” was released in Japan in November of 2007. Within weeks of its’ release, the album hit the #1 spot for reggae releases at HMV stores throughout Japan, and charted top 5 at Tower Records.
Sadiki released his second studio album “Lifeline” in 2010. The album and it’s first single, “African Queen”, topped the Weekly Star Top 10 Chart, staying in the number one spot simultaneously for two weeks in a row. In the UK “African Queen” also hit the #1 spot on the BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10 Chart. “Lifeline” peaked at #2 on the New York Top 30 Reggae Chart and #2 on the South Florida Reggae Chart.
In November 2012, he released his third solo album “Jah Is The Only King”. The title track from that album is Sadiki’s 3rd #1 on the BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10 Chart. 2013 through 2015 saw Sadiki working on developing his production and songwriting catalog with the Sea of Love Riddim, Vols. 1 & 2 which featured songs written by Sadiki from artists like Chezidek, George Nooks, Pam Hall, Siaosi, and legends Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison. In the Spring of 2015 he Executive Produced Smooth Jazz Meets Reggae, the debut solo album from smooth jazz artist Helen Rogers (Jazzmasters, Paul Hardcastle).
Sadiki recently released his fourth studio album “Covered In Love”, a collection of reggae covers of popular songs.
He has performed at events/venues like Japan Splash, Reggae On The River (California), New Jersey Reggae Festival, The Theatre at Madison Square Garden (NY), International Festival of Life (Chicago), House of Blues (New Orleans, Los Angeles), Calgary Reggae Festival. He has shared the stage with Buju Banton, Gyptian, Ky-Mani Marley, Shaggy, Luciano, Wayne Wonder, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths, Leroy Sibbles, Beenie Man, Hepcat, Wailing Souls, K-Ci & JoJo, Tony Rebel, Yaz Alexander among many others.