The following video is taken from Toby Gad’s Vblog.
In case you do not know of Toby Gad…
he is a pop producer from Germany.
On this Vblog Gad interviews Livvi Franc, a naturalized Barbadian, who at the time was signed to Jive Records. The thing is that although Livvi was producing music, the producer asked her to sing something from her island. Watch!
The original song from Barbados she is singing went like this.
The thing about the original is that it was seen by many as a joke! However, for better or worse, My Car Brek down is uniquely Bajan and thus representative of a certain kind of Caribbean identity that is seen as authentic.
Livvi could have easily sung Umbrella by Rihanna, but when it came to defining her culture, she chose Contone.
So take a bow Contone, you trumped Rihanna and to think they said you would never go international!!!!