Rik rok

Shaggy in December 2007.
Background information
Birth name Ricardo George Ducent
Born (1972-06-17) 17 June 1972 (age 42)
Origin London, England, UK
Genres Reggae, reggae fusion
Occupations Singer
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Shaggy, Rayvon

Ricardo George Ducent (born 17 June 1972), better known by his stage name Rikrok, is an English Jamaican singer, most famous for featuring on Shaggy's 2000 single "It Wasn't Me" .

Life and career

Rikrok was born in London on 17 June 1972. His parents migrated from Jamaica to England in the mid-1960s in search of greater economic opportunities. Regarding his Jamaican influences during childhood, Rikrok noted "[when I was growing up it was pretty much Jamaican people who came over... My father was a big reggae fan, especially of Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Dennis Brown. He had a big record collection and on Sundays he would play music all day at home".

Rikrok was eleven years old when he returned to Jamaica with his family. While attending Manchester High School in Mandeville, Jamaica, he discovered his singing talent and soon realized he had a flair for songwriting. "One day I was listening to Babyface's Tender Lover album and I remember thinking, I could probably be a songwriter", Rikrok says. "So I wrote a song, put it down, came back to it and tried it again. Then I started writing more and more songs. I wasn’t really good at it first; some of them were really corny, really stupid. But it was just a hobby and I never thought anything because it seemed like a completely unreachable dream being in the music business".

After completing high school, Rikrok enrolled in Jamaica's University of the West Indies, (UWI). In 1995 he became a backing singer for Patra. When that tour ended, he returned to UWI to complete his education. After a brief stint performing with the Jamaican R&B/reggae vocal quartet, Lust, Rikrok was offered a songwriting deal by Shaggy’s manager, Robert Livingston. He would write songs and create rhythms on his home computer, then send the demos to Livingston in New York.



  • 2000: "It Wasn't Me" (Shaggy featuring Rikrok) #1 US, #1 UK
  • 2004: "Her Eyes" (featuring Shaggy) #57 UK
  • 2005: "Should I Tell Her"
  • 2006: "Tell Me Why"
  • 2006: "Forever"
  • 2007: "My Love"
  • 2007: "Bonafide Girl" (Shaggy featuring Rikrok)[1]


External links

  • RikRokMusic.com Official Site

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