Lead singer and songwriter Leyder Chapman was born in Holguín, Eastern Cuba and raised in Havana. He left his family and career as a professional basketball player on the Cuban National Basketball team to pursue his American Dream. In 2001, bound for the Goodwill Games in Australia with a layover in Los Angeles, he chose to remain in the U.S., knowing he would not be able to see his family or country for at least five years in exchange for the freedom to pursue a life of his own choosing. Chapman's talent for performing started at a young age. Even though he excelled in athletics, he was always dedicated to his love for music and dance and continued to develop his skills as a lyricist and composer. At the age of nine, he began performing in various talent groups in and out of school: dance troops; theater clubs; chorus; and playing percussion. He wrote his first song, "Yo Te Amo Verdad," at the age of fourteen.
When Chapman arrived in Oakland, California he able to fully commit his time to creating music. Music was Chapman’s true passion which moved him to found SAOCO, a band specializing in the fusion of Cuban rhythms with popular Reggaeton. It was at this time that Chapman’s name as a musical artist, Dos Four, was formed. SAOCO released their first CD, La Farandula in late 2005. In 2008 they released a follow-up album titled the 2nd Round. Needing creative room to breathe and explore his own style, Dos Four re-arranged his focus onto his solo career and since 2008 he has released a number of albums such as Ochanlayeo in 2008, Changana in 2009, El Original in 2010, Dos Mil y Una Tonga in 2011, and La Vida Real in 2013. Dos Four is the lead Singer/Rapper as well as Composer, Arranger, Producer, and Lyricist. He has been inspired by many, such as Candido Fabré, Los Van Van, Tego Calderon, Jay Z, Young Jeezy, and Tupac. Fusing Cuban style rhythms with the Urban beats is Leyder's way of honoring and staying connected to his home country of Cuba while also creating a new home here in the U.S. He enjoys sharing his music and talents with his fans and friends and his love and passion for music and his culture is what continues to drive him forward.
Home Base: San Francisco