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Talent. Some people just have talent. A simple statement. True. Powerful. Dennison Ikes Joseph was born with it, blessed with it, embraced it and many can't deny it. Dennison attended the Delice Primary School where his budding talent was recognized with the Best Actor award three years in a row. He also received the Student Of The Year award, at one point. After primary school he relocated to the city of Roseau to start his secondary school education at the St Mary's Academy. The talent in him spoke to other talented youth in Roseau and he became a member of the Klockerz Crew....Read more
Talent. Some people just have talent. A simple statement. True. Powerful.
Dennison Ikes Joseph was born with it, blessed with it, embraced it and many can't deny it.
Dennison attended the Delice Primary School where his budding talent was recognized with the Best Actor award three years in a row. He also received the Student Of The Year award, at one point. After primary school he relocated to the city of Roseau to start his secondary school education at the St Mary's Academy. The talent in him spoke to other talented youth in Roseau and he became a member of the Klockerz Crew. Back then he sang Reggae and R&B. In 1999, Dennison took part in the Junior Monarch Calypso show and won! He also won Mr. St. Mary's Academy that same year.
The budding talent was growing and would soon blossom into the powerhouse we now know it to be. Dennison, known as Dice by then, joined the most popular band in Dominica, WCK, as a lead vocalist. He recorded his breakthrough hit "Chance" with the band- a reggae ballad telling the story of a man pleading to his lover to give him another chance at proving his love. It�s a song still as popular today as it was 10 years ago.
In 2002, Dice entered the Dominica calypso scene once again, but this time on the big stage. Performing his self-written song "The Truth," he made it as far as the quarter finals that year. Undeterred, he returned in 2003, and made it to the finals, with two songs written by Pat Aaron, "Tarzan in the Jungle" and "Check Your Politicians", and captured the 3rd place position. The following year, 2004, he won his first crown with the songs "Peace Is My Business", dedicated to world leaders, and the second round crowd pleaser "Animal Farm," which compared politicians to various farm animals.
Dice now had a winning recipe for success: An accomplished writer in Pat Aaron, determined focus, and his ever-present talent. So it was rather fitting that in 2005 when he returned to the stage he would no longer be known as Dice, but rather King Dice. Perhaps a sign that he was meant for this title which he again captured. Always the voice of the "ghetto youth" Dice spoke for them through his song "Help My Brother For Me� The political satire �Puppet Master" exposed the usual clamoring for power by those in power; especially fitting as Dominica was embroiled in heated election debate. On February 25th 2006, King Dice made history. He became the third and youngest calypsonian in 30 years to win 3 consecutive calypso crowns, accomplishing what many veteran calypsonians haven�t been able to do. "These Are The Days" and "I Eh Fraid Of Them" were his winning songs. In July 2006, he became a member of the Elite 3-peat Club. Along with the other two calypsonians who have won 3 consecutive crowns he received his blue 3-peat jacket from the University of the West Indies in Dominica and Pawol Inc. In 2006 he released his 13 track debut CD entitled A Little Higher, co-produced by himself and his writer Pat Aaron, consisting of all his calypsos from as far back as 2003, the ever popular �Chance�, �Hold On To Cricket�, a song for cricket fans all over the Caribbean, urging them to have faith in the west Indies cricket team, and a few other party tunes.
The night of February 17th 2007, Dice was definitely the crowd favorite at Idol City (named after the first 3-peat calypso king) in Roseau where he performed "Lights" and "Follow Your Leader". He placed 4th out of nine other calypsonians. Not breaking from the recipe that secured his prior wins, Dice with the help of Pat Aaron came back a year later to capture the crown with "Roll The Dice And See" and "On My Own," remaining the youngest and ONLY calypsonian to win four national crowns and five consecutive road march titles ("Tarzan"-2003, "Animal Farm-2004, "Puppet Master"-2005, "I Eh Fraid"-2006 and "Lights"-2007).
King Dice is presently contracted as the face of Heineken Beer in Dominica. He has received several awards for his accomplishments in the calypso arena including:
2004 - Young Achievers Award in from the Commonwealth of Dominica Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs, Sports and Human Resource Development for his contribution to culture.
2006 - Youth Ambassador Award from the National Youth Council of Dominica in recognition of his contribution to calypso art form and for his 3-peat achievement.
King Dice has taken part in Dominican workshops and forums with several groups including the Optimist Club who's main focus is youth development.
He has performed regionally in Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, St Maarten, Tortola, St. Thomas and the French island of Guadeloupe, and internationally in the United States (New York, New Jersey, Houston) Canada, and England. In May 2009 he performed in the World Cup Of Calypso in St. Maarten along with current Dominica Calypso Monarch Karessah.
King Dice is a proud parent. A mouthpiece of the poor and suffering. A leader to the "Ghetto Youth' He lives on planet earth with the goal of sharing his talent with the world. He has conquered calypso. What next? Hollywood? They say talent can only get you so far and for King Dice I guess, that's the top of the world.