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Gyptian
Birth name Windel Beneto Edwards
Born October 25, 1983 (1983-10-25) (age 26)
Jamaica St. Andrew, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Years active 2004 - Present
Labels Real Lyfe Music Productions
VP Records
Associated acts Lutan Fyah
I-Wayne
Bascom X
Sizzla
Chuck Fender

This article is about the Jamaican reggae singer. For the fictional characters from the His Dark Materials trilogy, see Gyptians.

Gyptian (born Windel Beneto Edwards, 25 October 1983, St. Andrew, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae singer.

Biography

Born to a Seventh-day Adventist mother and Rastafarian father, Gyptian received his musical calling at the age of seven, when he began singing in the church. Recognizing his talent, his parents introduced him to Mr. Wong, a record producer from Portmore, St. Catherine. "I did not take it seriously," said Gyptian "My family members have always been carrying me to Portmore to see him, but I usually disappear. One day, they dropped me off at his studio and left me and it all began there."

Under the guidance of Mr. Wong and Earl Chinna Smith, Gyptian honed his sound, winning the 2004 Star Search talent competition at Kens Wild Flower Lounge in Portmore, earning him a spot at Sting 2004, dubbed the 'greatest one night reggae show on earth'.

The singer earned his nickname from his habit of tying a shirt around his head and twisting his chin hair like an Egyptian pharaoh.

In 2005 he scored two hits, "Is There A Place" on the Seasons Riddim and "Serious Times".

Nominated for Best New Entertainer at the 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards, the twenty-three year old singer has been dominating the Jamaician charts with hits including "Is There a Place", "Beautiful Lady", and the chart-topping ballad, "Mama, Don't Cry".

His style of reggae music is considered lovers rock and roots reggae, with songs about political issues and love. His musical and lyrical style has been compared to established Jamaican artists, such as Sizzla, Luciano and Beres Hammond.

On 12 September 2006, Gyptian released his first album on VP Records. On 12 December 2007, Gyptian, while in New York, shot the music video for his new single, "I Can Feel Your Pain" (Cloud Nine Riddim). The song is the first to be confirmed to appear on his new album, which is to be released in 2008.

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