Tanto Metro & Devonte
Tanto Metro and Devonte are the Jamaican dancehall vocal duo of deejay Tanto Metro and singer Devonte.
Tanto Metro and Devonte, a major pioneering force of the dancehall movement, has been creating hits for over a decade now. In the late ’90s, they were able to pave the way for many reggae artistes. They tapped into the international mainstream markets during a time when it was unheard of for a Jamaican artiste to reach the charts outside of their home country. Tanto and Devonte’s instant chemistry and talent led them beyond Jamaica and into the U.S. Top 40 Billboard chart not once, but twice.
Their first hit, “Everyone Falls in Love,” swept up several major awards in 1998 including the Tamika and South Florida Reggae Soca Awards. The single hit the top 40 R&B and pop U.S. billboard charts and aired on radio throughout the globe. The subsequent album, bearing the same name was released by Sony Epic records in 1999; it featured a number of body-moving tracks like “Say Whoee” and “She Gone.”
Following up on the strength of their debut album, Tanto Metro and Devonte came out with their second release The Beat Goes On in 2001. The album contained the hit single “Give It to Her” that provoked the same contagious vibe and spread throughout the Jamaican and U.S. dancehalls, as well as mainstream pop culture. With “Give It to Her” in such heavy rotation and rampant demand, the duo performed alongside acts, like Mariah Carey to a capacity crowd for the Top 40 Powerhouse Z100’s 20th birthday bash at the Giants stadium. Their impressive catalogue of material was matched by the scope of their touring; fans in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Japan have all reveled in their energetic performances.