Ziggi was born on march 8 1981 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius the young Ricardo Blijden was given the nickname Ziggi by his grandparents who raised him. In 2001 Ziggi went to the Netherlands to study. It was in that time when he was introduced to Mr. Rude the owner of an independent studio and label called Rock’N Vibes Entertainment. Soon afta, chillin' in the studio with friends became a professional musical career for Ziggi.
In 2006 Ziggi's debut album So Much Reasons was released, featuring collaborations with artists such as Turbulence and Elephant Man. In 2007 Ziggi recorded Blaze it - the tune that he is best known for - on Zap Pow's Last War Riddim (same version as Collie Buddz' Come Around). Blaze it had a major impact internationally and held the #1 position in the official German reggae charts for several weeks.
In September 2008 Ziggi's second album In Transit was released, featuring artists such as Gentleman, Anthony B and Ce’Cile. Shackles & Chains is one of the hotta tracks off the album and was released earlier this year as a 7" on the Special Delivery Music label- check for other artists riding the Seven Riddim from this same label. Another tune off the album that is makin' waves is Need To Tell You This featuring Root Down's I Love Riddim - really feelin' Ginjah's version on dat riddim too Iyah - watch for it...
Yes Ziggi - keep bustin' dem shackles an' chains!
Ziggi - Shackles & Chains (I Love Riddim)