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Rickardo George Ducent (born 17 June 1972), known by his stage name Rik Rok, is an English-born Jamaican vocalist. He is most famous for his appearance on Shaggy's 2000 single "It Wasn't Me".

Rik Rok
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Rik Rok performing with Shaggy in December 2007.
Background information
Birth nameRickardo George Ducent
Born (1972-06-17) 17 June 1972 (age 47)
London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

Life and careerEdit

Rik Rok was born in London on 17 June 1972. His parents migrated from Jamaica to England in the late-1950s in search of greater economic opportunities. Regarding his Jamaican influences during childhood, Rik Rok noted "[when I was growing up it was pretty much Jamaican people who came over... My father was a big reggae fan, especially of Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Dennis Brown. He had a big record collection and on Sundays he would play music all day at home".[citation needed]

Rik Rok was eleven years old when he returned to Jamaica with his family. While attending Manchester High School in Mandeville, Jamaica, he discovered his singing talent and soon realized he had a flair for songwriting. "One day I was listening to Babyface's Tender Lover album and I remember thinking, I could probably be a songwriter", Rik Rok says. "So I wrote a song, put it down, came back to it and tried it again. Then I started writing more and more songs. I wasn’t really good at it first; some of them were really corny, really stupid. But it was just a hobby and I never thought anything because it seemed like a completely unreachable dream being in the music business".[citation needed]

After completing high school, Rik Rok enrolled in Jamaica's University of the West Indies, (UWI). In 1995 he became a backing singer for Patra. When that tour ended, he returned to UWI to complete his education. After a brief stint performing with the Jamaican R&B/reggae vocal quartet, Lust, Rik Rok was offered a songwriting deal by Shaggy’s manager, Robert Livingston. He would write songs and create rhythms on his home computer, then send the demos to Livingston in New York.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • 17 October 2016: Addicted (2016), Moba Entertainment[1]

SinglesEdit

  • 2000: "It Wasn't Me" (Shaggy featuring Rikrok) #1 US, #1 UK
  • 2004: "Your Eyes" (featuring Shaggy) #57 UK
  • 2005: "Should I Tell Her"
  • 2006: "Tell Me Why"
  • 2006: "Forever"
  • 2007: "My Love"
  • 2007: "Bonafide Girl" (Shaggy featuring Rikrok)[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Addicted: Rikrok: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 463. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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