Born Sheldon Aitana Lawrence on
Aidonia attended Mona Heights Primary, then Meadowbrook High School where he had the misfortune of being expelled while in 6th Form. Aidonia’s special love for music began in 1994 while he was still attending
After Aidonia intently watched the Bounty/Beenie clash on the Sting 1993 tape, he began re-enacting their performances for his classmates and friends, whom recognised his talent at that time. Aidonia later started writing his own lyrics and formed the JAG1 (Jah A Guide) crew with some friends.
After Aidonia was expelled from school, he migrated to the
On his return, he met deejay Mr. G who was known as Goofy back then. He began working with Goofy and later recorded his debut single ‘Many a Dem’ in October 2003 on Goofy’s Young Blood label. Soon after, he began working with Rod Pinnock of Orizen Entertainment, and in early 2004, he became a popular performer at a weekly event called “
In the later part of 2004, Aidonia was approached by Cordell “Skatta”‘ Burrell who invited him to record at his studio. Two months later, Aidonia had his first bonafide hit, the song “Lolly” which was done on Skatta’s Irish Dance riddim. In October 2005, news broke that “Lolly” was included on VP Records’ annual Strictly the Best (Volume 33) compilation.
More hits followed from 2005 into 2006, including “Chicken Head”, “Prayer”, “Inna Di Ghetto”, “Eagle”, “Ooku”, “Unknown Assailant” and “Kingfish Ah Come”. He also fulfilled one of his goals of working with Bounty Killer, when he recorded “Sen Fi Dem”.
More recently, he has recorded “Reload” on the Redbull & Guiness riddim, “Bukam” on the Billback riddim and “Wine” on the Tremor riddim.
Hardcore and innovative are words that aptly describes the persona and talent of the artiste known as Aidonia. When scanning through radio stations it is impossible not to hear his songs. The ladies adore him and men give high ratings to the lyrical flow of Aidonia aka lyrical king.