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Spotlight on Shad Du
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
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Shocking Vibes has a stable full of talented artists and Cornel Clayton, better known as Shad Du, is one of them.

Shad Du first went by the name of Wicker D, but as he says, "true me meet inna lickle accident, dem say alright, Wicker D dead now". His friends renamed him Shad Du and since he liked it, he stuck with the name.

Shad Du was born in Falmouth, Trelawny and rasied in Barnstable and Jackson Town as well as his birth area. He started in the DJ business 12 years ago copying Papa San and Lt. Stitchie lyrics, but he say "de real ting, real Shad Du come out inna '90".

He was inspired to get into the business by God as well as Papa San and says "General Degree is my idol right now".

At the age of 24, he has done quite a few tunes including 'Turn and Twist', 'Hype Up', 'Spend Pon A Gal' and 'Some Gal Foot Bigger Dan A Captain Bread'. Shad Du writes his own lyrics, but says there are times when "you need help on de other side cah when we come studio an link up, we jus kick back an write together". He has written lyrics with Patchy and Bling Dawg aka Ricky Rudie amongst others.

Shad Du has performed in a number of stage shows including Champions in Action, a lot of street shows and Sting. The latter was where he says he got his best response. He has worked with a number of artists and producers such as Troy MacLean, King Jammys, Computer Paul, Ce' Cile and Kings of Kings.

After being in the business for over 12 years, Shad Du has his views on the industry and says that it's good because Dancehall and Reggae are separate as "Bob Marley set de trend for Reggae and yuh know Beenie Man a de Dancehall king". Shad Du has a few Reggae cuts on his forthcoming album, but most are Dancehall. He would like to see the politics removed from the industry and says, "jus know seh live up time an yout an yout a get equal props".

In his spare time, Shad Du enjoys playing football and "kick back wid me girls dem". He used to make furniture for a living and says he would still be doing that if he hadn't got his break as a DJ.

Shad Du had a 5-year plan and says he would like to be "bigger than Beenie Man or even Michael Jackson". He wants to have a gas station and also a training centre for "de youts dem".

He wants all his fans to know that "Shad Du a de new yout weh come out a street. Me a put x-amount a work (in), so me a look back for good treatment from people coz a jus love". We are sure you will all show some love for this talented DJ.

You can catch Shad Du and Shocking Vibes performing at the Cactus Nightclub, Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday February 10th 2001.

If you would like to book Shad Du please contact Shocking Vibes Production Ltd, Tel: (876) 941-1408 Fax: (876) 931-6220 or email: and don't forget to check out the web site at

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