Month: May 2017

3 reasons why if I were Nikita I would go into terminal depression.

Crop Over has seen its first controversy for 2017.

For those not in Barbados, it concerns the release of Nikita’s song, “Same Way,” which basically was released 2 years before by DeeVine and called “We De Same.”

Check the links below:

 

 

For any artist involved in the Carnival music industry this mix-up is pretty much as life-shattering as they come and here are 3 reasons why I would be in terminal depression if what had happened to Nikita had happened to me.

  1. I spent plenty money!

To get any song out for Crop Over is expensive. There is the song-writer, the producer, the studio time, the mixing and the mastering to pay for.  Those bills could run north of 5000 BDS easily. So to shell out all of that cash to realize my song is not the original work I intended would have put me in firm connection with the Kleenex box.

2.  I look like a thief

Stealing is reprehensible no matter how and when it happens. It is even worse when it looks like a public heist of lesser known artist. If I was made to look like a hustler at best, or a thief at worse, when I am not even close to being dishonest, then I would be completely broken.

3.  I have one shot at this.

The carnival music complex is a CRUEL model. It allows for no mistakes. So to have a single which is going to be my only major release for the YEAR caught up in plagiarism is possibly the worse thing that can happen. It can also rule me out of the lucrative lottery of the soca competitions.

PAIN!!!!

To end,

Are there other issues in the Caribbean? Yes, they are.

But do not overlook for one minute the personal and professional predicament Nikita and the other members of the production team have been placed in.  This is a serious matter of integrity that is being played out VERY PUBLICLY. So after reading this, do like me and place yourself in her position and if you come out positive, then you are as good as Nikita, Deevine and the Red Boyz.

But if you think you would be equally depressed…

You are not alone

I would feel DE SAME WAY!

 

 

 

 

 

Why Does Everyone Hate Rameses? – Crop Over 2017 – 1 

There are few artists who are disliked as much as Rameses Brown is in Barbados.

For those of you who don’t know who Rameses Brown is,

he is a soca artist who came to local Barbadian prominence in the mid to late 90s.

 

Rameses Brown

Rameses Brown

The reason for this dislike has always baffled me and I thought, why not dedicate a blog post to try to answer the question.

Why does everyone hate Rameses?

1. Rameses sings ok.

Rameses might be the first to tell you he is not a technically gifted singer. He can’t do the runs like Anderson Armstrong or hit you in the back of the room like Dr. Anthony “Gabby” Carter.

He simply stays in key for the majority of a song.

But you ask, there are other artists who are just ok singers as well that do not generate the level of “chupsedom*” Rameses does. What is wrong with singing ok?

Well, that is a good question and the answer is that Caribbean audiences generally like singers that can woo them or those that can’t sing who make them laugh.

Rameses is neither.

2.  Rameses has muscles.

This may seem like a strange one to put here as muscles are a good thing.

But for him

not really…

Rameses’ gym work seems to turn off guys who are haters and women who inevitably say:

“He feel he look good!”

Why this happens I am not too sure but this a music blog post not an anthropological one.

3. People have never forgiven Rameses for All Circuits Are Busy.

Rameses most popular hit was as catchy as it was hated. The song’s lyrics spoke about not being able to make a phone connection. Check it out below:

Due to the content and #4, many people hated the song. It didn’t help that Rameses went on to release several phone themed songs right after. A lot of people have never forgiven him for this with many unable to give him even the slightest forward.

4. Rameses has a nasal and light voice.

It has been shown that men with deeper voices tend to ascend the corporate ladder. A deep voice commands respect…

Rameses doesn’t have a deep voice.

He therefore sings with a nasal tenor voice which to many seems a little strange coming from a man his size.

5. Rameses doesn’t wuk up.

The wuk up dance is a big part of Soca music in Barbados.

Rameses doesn’t wuk up.

Instead, he stalks the stage like an itchy brown bear that is full of rhythm.

This lack of standard movement once again puts Rameses in the back of the love line.

The five reasons I have listed here are not held by every one of course. Rameses does have fans even though I have never met any. Personally, I think he is unfairly treated as haters let their biases as identified above cloud their judgement of his current work.

So people, stop giving Rameses blows and realize your bias. So next year my post would read:

Why everyone loves Rameses?