Daisel Martis (1985), the Dancehall / Reggae phenomenon known artistically as Dayo, blazed up the Skempi Top 40 this year with not one but two singles perched tightly in the top half of the countdown at one point.  Here is his story:

He was born and grew up on the island of Curaçao where he and his siblings would walk for miles to go to school. This was his life until the tender age of 7 when his mother decided to move the family to the Netherlands, settling down in the city of Rotterdam.

Here he actually took to playing soccer at first but he eventually lost interest in it and took up breakdancing. This took him to performances in cities all across the Netherlands and even cities in other European countries like Germany.

However, soon he decided to switch gears once more in 2007. This time to music and, luckily for us, this time it stuck. At this point many people are probably surprised to hear that his music career goes back to 2007.

That’s right, contrary to what many people believe, we’re dealing with a veteran here, he has been kicking many flavors in your ear for a while without you even knowing it, his first video clip was released back in 2009.

After this he took a three year hiatus, however, but emerged once more in 2012 with the single “Nèchi Di Aparensia” (Beautiful Appearance) as part of the duo called StreaNobo with fellow artist Reshine.


Following this, Reshine moved back to Curaçao and featured with a few artists on the island, including the mega smash “No Worry” with rapper Dez. During this time Dayo remained relatively incognito, producing mostly Rastafarian themed or life-recounting singles.

But the success of “No Worry” prompted him to start releasing his more romantic songs. This proved to be a wise decision from the beginning; when he released the single “Mi Stimabo 4 Real” (I Love You 4 Real) on SoundCloud it garnered more than 30.000 views in just two weeks.

However, when he started working on the accompanying video clip for the single, he decided to remove it from SoundCloud so as to divert all the attention to the video clip. This proved to be another smart move as the video clip also garnered him a lot of attention.

And then came “Gusta Wakbo Baila”, which he also sent to SoundCloud first and took down to create an accompanying videoclip. This single became a monster smash as well. He hasn’t looked back since.

He currently lives in Rotterdam where he works in the harbor but his passion remains of course music and he aims to make the kind that makes people relax but at the same time bump in the club. But all in all, in the end he really prefers bringing out love songs.

A documentary is being made about his life by Boogie, the same director who has directed all of his video clips. It is slated for release sometime in the coming months. So stay tuned!

And listen to Dayo on Skempi

Gerson Eleonora (1987) has a passion for writing, whether it be short stories, poems or the biographies, reviews and music articles displayed here on the site. He is an aficionado of everything Caribbean, it’s almost as if salt water runs through his veins.
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