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BUGGY NHAKENTE

Buggy Nhakente was born Ryan Chase in Barbados and his initial introduction to music came at age 7, when his uncle gave him a mini radio and microphone. With that musical seed planted, his admiration of music, in particular reggae and dancehall grew and flourished. Clearly musically gifted, Buggy was encouraged by his peers at school to pursue his talent and seek a career as an entertainer. Buggy obliged and in 1990 he began his journey to follow his dream career in entertainment.At the 2008 Barbados Music Awards, Hit Island Studios was the recipient of the Award for Best Non-Soca Compilation which features Buggy’s hit song “Bajan Story”. Buggy’s next step was partnering with a talented group of musicians and creating Barbados’ premier Reggae band aptly named FullyLoaded. Today, Buggy Nhakente’s road to success is clearly defined and stamped with conscious lyrics and his catch phrase “Fully Loaded” and “Skiddly Deng”. As testimony to his achievements, he has toured Canada, the UK, and over 50 cities in the US, performed throughout the Caribbean and shared the stage with mega stars like Ja Rule, Ashanti, Sean Paul, Tony Rebel, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica, Cocoa Tea, Buju Banton, Anthony B and many more. Reggae Artist of the Year is not an unfamiliar title to Buggy, having earned this title as well as “Best Reggae Single” in 2007 and then again in 2010 and 2011, and he also collected the award for “Video of the Year” 2009. His ever-evolving talent has seen him as an annual fixture on Barbados’ premier Reggae event – Reggae on the Hill. Buggy Nhakente also has the distinction of being the first Barbadian artiste to perform at Jamaica’s premier conscious reggae show – Rebel Salute.