Exco Levi, was born Wayne Ford Levy on June 7, 1981 in Manchester and grew up in Clarendon, Jamaica. Singing is in Wayne’s blood as his father was also an artist and sound system DJ.
Exco’s musical tastes include listening to and appreciating the lyricism and talent of the late Garnet Silk, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh as well as contemporaries like Sizzla Kolonji. Through the work of these artists he has been able to develop his own unique sound which emanates deep respect for the musical icons who paved the way. Wayne’s talents also extend to recording and performing audio engineering tasks in studio. He credits this to his time spent at the Stineam and Triple Platinum Recoding Studios while living in Jamaica.
Exco Levi quickly took hold of the Canadian reggae music scene after emigrating in 2005. His strong writing skills complement his lyrical prowess and delivery. He continues to show his range and musical intellect through songs like the Canadian Anthem, “Oh Canada”, the nostalgic “Sweet Jamaica” and the love ballad “Same ole Words”. His songs have given voice to a nation and helped forge an entirely new style of music and rhythm that is revolutionary, fiery, scathing, loving and stinging.
His songs are just as potent on his lips as they are on his Cds. Exco’s ability to quickly engage and convince his audience makes him very appealing. This has led to him being in high demand for colourful collaborations. He has worked with top Djs and promoters worldwide. This musical “Midas” turns any song he touches to pure gold.
Exco’s management team has been NCF Productions since December 2010. He currently works with Penthouse Records and Jukeboxx Music. He has recently released two blazing hot singles ‘Mr. Hammer” on NCF and the self love anthem “Bleaching shop” on the Penthouse label, which has been topping charts globally. Both songs have been receiving major airplay by local and overseas DJs. He is currently in production for his debut album project with Penthouse Records.
Exco is a determined artist with the technical skills and performance style that is bound to give him more and more recognition. He is on his way to becoming a household name, one synonymous with quality and musical excellence. He is definitely the artist to watch!
Accolades in Canada
Recipient of the Most Promising New Artist Award, at the Canadian Reggae Music Awards (2007).
Award for Best Reggae Single –“Oh Canada” (2007)
Canadian Music Awards (2008)
Best Male DJ by the RMAA (2009)
Artist of the Year by the RMAA (2011)
Song of the Year and Best Recording for “Bleaching Shop”, at the Inaugural Irie Music Awards (2011)
Performed at Jamaica Day
Performed at Jambana (2009, 2011)
Performed Irie Music Fest 2011
Performances in Jamaica
Part of the RJR Communications all island cross country tour
Lime Road Show
Richie Stephen’s Album launch, 2010
“St. Mary Mi Come from”
Seanizzle (Producer Seanizzle Records)
Donovan Germaine (Producer Penthouse Record)
DJ Robrack (Japanese Reggae DJ)
Featured in Tribute song for Japan alongside artists like Tarrus Riley, Third World, Busy Signal, Toots Hibbert, Dean Fraser and more. Song “15 Seconds” produced by legendary producer Clive Hunt.
Featured on VP Greensleeves Records—“The biggest One Drop Anthems 2011” with a song he wrote for the late Copper Cat (his last recording before he died) “Since you came in”. This compilation also features his big hit “Bleaching Shop”.