Listen Ambelique’s “Taxi” Inside The Fusic Zone

Ambelique provided a rich expressive vocal to the classic Taxi Riddim with his hit single "Taxi". We know we love the music, but what do we really know about him.

For the last two weeks I've been listening to FiWEH Radio and I've been enjoying the classic songs from the early 1990s.  As I reminisce on the ole school jamz, one particular single caught my ears.  It was on the old Taxi Riddim produced by Sly & Robbie and it reminded of another song that was on the same riddim called "Taxi".  

The song was sung by an artiste named Owen George Anthony Silvera better known to fans as Ambelique.  He is a Jamaican reggae singer, primarily working in the lovers rock genre.

According to his wikipedia biography, he was born in Waltham Park, Kingston, Jamaica in 1956.  He began his music career in the late 1960s, when he worked with Derrick Harriott's 'Musical Chariot' sound system as a deejay under the name Ramon the Mexican, in addition to recording with Harriott's band The Crystallites on the album The Undertaker.

As his career emerges later in the years, he relocated to The Bronx in New York City and joined Hugh Hendricks and the Buccaneers with whom he toured the United States. He continued to perform but supported himself working as a bank clerk in California. He resumed his music career in 1989 and began a working relationship with legendary producers Sly & Robbie Dunbar, with whom he recorded a string of singles like the aforementioned "Taxi" which achieved commercial success in the 1990s and beyond. 

In 2011, he contributed to the single "We'll Always Be There", in aid of the charity Food For The Poor, along with artist such as J.C. Lodge, Dobby Dobson, Glen Washington, Hopeton Lindo, Sharon Forrester, Barry Biggs, and The Melodians.  Ambelique also covered pop singles like the John Lennon classic "Let It Be".

Not much is known about Ambelique today, because he has not released any new material since 2008.  However, I highly recommend checking out his catalog on Amazon music.


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Timothy Douglas
Timothy is a staff writer for FiWEH Life, providing commentaries on various topics relating to the Caribbean diaspora with the popular blog "Labba Mout". Timothy has been with FiWEH Life from the very beginning and continues to provide his commentaries on emerging issues.


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