Darondo is not a mystery.
As a matter of fact, Darondo’s life is very much an open book. Sometimes we view musicians and artists as giants who are measured by their achievements or their masterpieces. However, I think there is something to be said for the everyman who is measured only by his journey.
In the early 1970s, Darondo had recorded 3 songs and performed only 4 times on stage. His fourth performance would be his last—after opening for James Brown, he decided to leave his music career on that high note. After his brief stint as a vocalist, it has been reported that Darondo took up pimping, international artifact collecting, and even physical therapy. After a fulfilling if not all that extraordinary life, he found his way back to music thanks to BBC Radio 1 DJ Giles Peterson, who played Darondo’s 1973 single, “Didn’t I,” on the program. This everyman with a penchant for singing has been performing in the Bay Area ever since with a renewed love for performing as well as a new record deal with Ubiquity.
Darondo is not a mystery…but there is one mystery still to be solved:
Where is illa?
After merging two parallel universes, it’s almost as if he never existed…
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Featured Beats and Producers:
Didn’t I (Saying Goodnight) by Samuel Danger (Seattle, WA)
Silhouettes by Morris Chestnut (Gainesville, FL)
Soul Food (Remix) – O2 by Paper Son (Los Angeles, CA)
Made on my iPhone by Sideways (Orlando, FL)
Philadelphia by Bruce Juice (Orlando, FL)
CHORiZO BitS by Chrizo (Las Piñas, Philippines)
T(h)reat by Blackph03nix (London, England)
Lessons Learned (Letter to my Ex) by NeV (Augusta, GA)
I Tried by Mr. Kwazi (Ontario, Canada)
Good Night by Hi-Rock (Toronto, Canada)
Didn’t I by SPNZ (Makati City, Philippines)
Luha by D (Lipa, Batangas)
Didn’t I by 1stup (Greensboro, NC)
The Venue by Def Justice (Washington, DC)
Didn’t I by C. Bran (Charlotte, NC)
HiThereIMissedYou by Tictac Productions (Toronto, Canada)
The Best I Could by Kam0 (Paris, France)
Trump by Dingo (Detroit, MI)
TREATHER JOINT by Mr. Klimatic (Toledo, OH)
Through it All by 25/8 (Miami, FL)