Cali P was born in 1985 as the son of a Swiss mother and a father from the Caribbean island Guadeloupe (Gwada), who’s an inspired musician from the percussion-group “Akiyo”. Being raised in Switzerland and Guadeloupe, living the Rastafarian traditions and knowing his heart belongs to Africa; allow him to bridge the gap between first- and third world cultures.
Music had a strong and powerful influence in his life from the very beginning, so Cali P began playing drums at the young age of three. He found his musical inspiration from throughout the vast genres of Reggae, Dancehall, Soul, Jazz, Rock and even from a splash of Pop music. As well as displaying outstanding drumming skills, he began writing lyrics at the age of 14. He kicked off his Dancehall career as MC of the “Gideon Soldiers” soundsystem in the year 2000.
Soon his international career started taking off and he continued satisfying thousands of people across Europe in up to 200 shows, such as Summerjam (D), Rototom Sunsplash (I) and Zénith (Paris). Cali P has performed at the ESPN Winter-XGames 2008 in Aspen, Colorado (U.S.). He has also been privileged to grace Africa and the place of his birth, Guadeloupe. Spreading his message with his spirituality floating lyrics and sensational vocals.
Since 2004 Cali P performs regularly with live backing bands such as “Soul Fire” (D), “Roots Harmonics” (DK), “The Scrucialists” (CH) and “House of Riddim” (A). His first single “Forward” was released in February 2005 on the Pow Pow Productions label. This song gets international attention followed by more than 30 other songs on 7inch productions or compilations including the soundtrack for the american Freeski-DVD (2007) called “IDEA”, with over 20’000 sales. The success of these works provided him with a solid foundation to build on and the strength for his mission.
There is a lot more to come from this progressive artist, as he released his debut album “Lyrical Faya” on May 2nd in 2008. The first single is the wonderful and live recorded song “Keep in touch” and talks about love over distance. When you feel close to somebody who is so far.
We are following closely this talented Swiss artist.