JM | Feb 24, 2023

Happy Birthday, Ce’Cile! ‘Bad Gyal’ celebrates her special day

Mikala Johnson

Mikala Johnson / Our Today

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Today marks a special day for dancehall artiste Ce’Cile, as she is celebrating another wonderful year of life.

Ce’Cile was born Cecile Claudine Charlton on February 24, 1976, in Manchester. She grew up in Porus, and Mile Gully, as she spent most of her youth in Mandeville.

It was through a friend of her father, Third World’s Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, that Ce’Cile would discover her love for music.

The artiste first arrived on the music scene in 2001 through a collaboration with Sean Paul called Can You Do The Work.

Since then, the ‘Bad Gyal’ has kept tongues wagging on the dancehall scene with both her lyrics and looks.

One of her most popular hits is the self-produced, shockingly refreshing and thought-provoking smash Changes, designed as a marketing ploy by poking fun at her male counterparts.

Ce’Cile’s signature sound has always been a combination of sultry singing, along with finely honed deejaying that sets her apart from many of her counterparts.

The entertainer has six albums under her belt, including Goody, Jamaicanization, Diary of a Journey, and Bad Gyal.

Overall, Ce’Cile has managed to secure collaborations throughout her career with elite artistes including Trina, Shaggy, Timberland, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Gavin Rossdale (rocker and former husband of Gwen Stefani), Spanish songstress Debbie Nova, DJ Fresh, Lady Saw and Olivia.

Ce’Cile has come this far by doing things her own way and being true to herself. Her music is why she is Jamaica’s most loved ‘Bad Gyal’.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane with five of the artiste’s most popular tracks.

(WARNING: Some videos contain explicit lyrics)


Release date: 2000

Synopsis:  In this hit single Ce’Cile pokes fun at her male counterparts as she questions their sexual competence. She goes through a host of entertainers to find the one that could be her guy.

Hot Like We

Release date: 2008

Synopsis: The entertainer uses this track to tell off her hotness! She sings of her sexual capabilities while noting that no other woman can take her man because she has everything lock.

Anything (Cook Fi Yuh)

Release date: 2010

Synopsis: This is one of the artiste’s most popular songs. In this track Ce’Cile tells of how she has falling in love with her love interest. She is so smitten that she sings of doing any and everything to show the love she has for her man.

When You’re Gone

Release date: 2011

Synopsis: In this hit, the artiste begs her love to stay with her. She is willing to stay with him even if it means sharing him with another woman because she won’t be leaving him any time soon.\

Since You

Release date: 2018

Synopsis: The artiste praises her man in this song as she sings of the good things he does for her. Ce’Cile describes her love as a prize, noting that since he entered her life, she has been living her best life.


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