Born and raised in London by parents of Nigerian, Bajan and Lucian heritage, Chardanai always had a keen interest in music, composing and singing. Musical influences on constant rotation in the household ranged from Fela Kuti, Zairian music, Disco, Rare Groove, Calypso, Old Dancehall, Lovers Rock, Reggae to James Brown (Funk).
While at primary school as shy as she was, Chardanai learned to play various instruments and taught her classmates to play songs. She would then compose and arrange all the elements of the song, from the bass to the melodies and perform in assemblies and church festivals for the school.
During secondary school, Chardanai put a group together and was given the opportunity to record a song called ‘It’s Freaky’. Things progressed further when one of her group members managed to get them a spot on a show at the well-known Hackney Empire, which was televised on one of the UK’s national channels, Channel 4.
At the age of 14 Chardanai decided to enrol on various music courses and received her first certificate in Music Technology. She also joined a gospel workshop run by the London Community Gospel Choir. When she played them her version of a reworked hymn, they loved it so much they included it in a prestigious show held at the Hammersmith Town Hall, London.
She continued to hone her musical education and skills, by immersing herself in a variety of international genres, instruments and compositional styles at the Royal College of Music, London. She then went on to gain further qualifications in Music & Music Technology Production from various institutions.
Chardanai has a huge passion for music, particularly Soca, Zouk and ‘music that makes you move’. Her first release in 2007 was the infectious ‘Spread Love’. Promoters and Radio DJs soon caught on to it and Chardanai quickly gained support from the likes of Martin ‘Soca Prince’ Jay (Choice FM), D.Tee (BBC 1xtra) and QT2Hype (Bang Radio).
Having had a successful career thus far, performing across Europe and the Caribbean, Chardanai has definitely set a benchmark for other young upcoming UK Soca artists. With many accolades under her belt and various projects in the pipeline, including an EP and album, Chardanai is the singer, songwriter and producer you’ll be hearing from for a long time.
Award winning, international artist Chardanai is back and has “DI PEOPLE CALLIN FOR JAB!!”
2011 was a busy year for Chardanai. producing, writing & recording with various artists and being crowned UK Road March QUEEN with “Down Deh”
The London born singer, songwriter and producer brings you this high energy track ‘Callin for Jab’ on the self-produced SHE-JAB RIDDIM. Full of the pulsating, ‘get up and move’ beats and fiery lyrics you’ve come to expect from an artist as versatile as Chardanai .
This is a track guaranteed to have you wishing for carnival season and ‘CALLIN FOR JAB!!