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Delly Ranks
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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2000-10-15
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Delroy Foster is better known to those in the Dancehall Reggae field as Delly Ranks and for the past few years, he has been making a name for himself and gaining respect and a following in this arena.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Delly grew up in areas such as Mountain View, Waltham and Vineyard Town. He attended Holy Family Primary and Excelsior High School and got his stage name from people shortening his first name, "in Jamaica, most people name Delroy shorten it to call dem Delly as an alias" and adding the Ranks himself following the style set by such greats as Shabba Ranks and Cutty Ranks. He knew he wanted to be a DJ "from birth" and was inspired by people such as Major Worries and Louie Culture to name a few.

Delly officially got his break in 1992 when he recorded a song a year after finishing school called 'Never Done' on the Wild Geese record label. Since then he has delivered such tunes as 'Headache' and 'Pelpa' classing the former as one of his most successful singles to date. He also writes most of his own lyrics citing his inspiration as "from God, The Almighty that rule Heaven and Earth".

He has also performed on Stone Love anniversary shows stating "from a Stone Love anniversary an me get the chance fe come on an chat a one tune or a two tune, me just go deal wid it because you have a lot of fans out there an them wan' fe hear you". He has also performed in other shows such as Sting, Ghettosplash and Spectrum in Jamaica as well as some major Reggae shows in America and around the Caribbean Islands. He got his best response in Bermuda where "dem mek me DJ for bout an hour an a half, you know".

Delly has worked with a number of well-known producers including Tony Kelly, Penthouse Records, Bobby Digital, Steely & Clevie and his current manager Louis 'Flabba' Malcolm. He has also worked with artists such as Sanchez, Merciless, Spragga Benz and Sean Paul.

Being an artist has not stopped Delly trying to help out street kids and he participated in a charity fund-raising basketball match. He also works on other charitable works as he believes "we haffe do dat coz de youts dem pon de streets bawl forward fe our song dem too. Dem support us as well".

Not one to waste his talents, Delly has also started producing and has a rhythm called Old Broom on which he has voiced a number of artists including Tony Curtis, Lukie D, Burning Souls, Terror Fabulous, Tanto Metro & Devonte and Powerman.

Powerman is one of Delly's friends and they have done a song together called 'Camry' for Shocking Vibes. He says "from I take de music professional, me an Powerman a bredrin".

Currently residing in the Uptown area of Constant Spring, Delly spends his spare time "in the gym, playing football or hangin out on the corner with my friends or building lyrics, reading Bible or stuff". He also listens to a variety of music including R&B, Reggae, Rock and Calypso.

As for how he feels about his accomplishments so far, Delly says he is "blessed because it's a blessing when you touch out on the street an people know who you are an love all your songs an like the way I perform on stage an stuff like that, so I feel grateful for that". He also likes the way the music business is moving in for him at present because people are able to access him and get to know who he is as an artist. However, he would like to see changes in the industry overall, "a lot of artist and artist fe come together an live as one because unity is strength". He believes that a united front will help Reggae "push down all borders".

He has toured a few places including America, Canada, England, the Caribbean Islands and the Virgin Islands, but would love to go to Japan and Australia.

For the future, Delly has the Old Broom rhythm due out as well as working on an album in the pipeline. His final message to his fans states, "continue supporting Delly Ranks" and he will continue to give them his best. We have no doubt that he will.

You can book Delly Ranks by contacting Jade Promotions at jadepromotions@cwjamaica.com


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