Many people may remember "Zamunda" as the name of the fictional, African country in the Eddie Murphy comedy "Coming to America." However, the name "Zamunda," is going through a rebirth of sorts with the current success being enjoyed by upcoming reggae superstar, Zamunda.
Zamunda, born Christopher Gayle, was born in Seville Heights, St. Ann, on July 30, 1985. It was apparent he was destined for musical heights, as he wrote his first song at the age of seven, called "There is Only Love." By the age of 16, music had begun to dominate all of Zamunda's career choices. “Music has been a part of my life from birth as I have been deejaying from the age of five in my community and other places in Jamaica. I realized that I could sing at the age of 19 and I then decided that I would sing rather than deejay. Music is really what I want and love,” he explained. “I enjoy entertaining people from all over. I want to take reggae to the world,” he said.
Zamunda's extremely powerful and uniquely soulful lyrical stylings has been winning over a new generation of reggae fans ever since, with such hits as, “Jah Love Surrounds Me”, “One People”, “Still a pray fi dem”, “Working 9 - 5 ", "Science dem a work”, "Talk and Stutter" and "Cyaan Program Me" Produced by Courtney “Mac” Mcintosh. “Just as how I am thankful for life it is just as how I am thankful for the talent of singing.” Zamunda finished up 2010 on top with hits like "Battle Field" on the Life rhythm, produced by Smartkid Records and stormed into 2011 on the momentum of his smash hit (with Reggae Star I Octane), "Badda Than Dem," which has obtain several #1 ranking since it's release. He has been working continuously with Omar “Smartkid” Currie, putting out several hit singles for Smartkid Records. On the Venom rhythm he did “Nah Stop” which received regular rotation on the airwaves and in the dancehall, “Nah Carry Nuh Gun” on the True Frenz rhythm was released early in 2012 and the reviews for this work has been nothing but positive.
Zamunda has appeared on various stage shows both locally and internationally. Island Explosion, Full Clip, Sting, Tivoli Jamboree and Reggae Sumfest are just a few local shows where he has performed. He is known for saying, “Ah just Jah works” and “I will continue to do the music and feed the souls and minds of the people”. Zamunda is still working to take his music to the highest level and with Jah’s love continually surrounding him, he will be successful.