On the heels of the release of his seventh studio album, ‘Live N Livin’, dancehall artist, Sean Paul has released the visuals for one of his tracks “Everest,”which features dancehall artistes Masicka and Skillibeng.
The video was directed by Kieran Khan Productions and was shot in Kingston, Jamaica. The portrayal signifies the idea of “collaboration over confrontation,” which Sean Paul delivers throughout the album. “As the great Capleton says, music is a mission, not a competition. I believe we should use music to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. The division in our genre, many times is senseless,” he said, adding, “We are all here to entertain our fans, provide for our loved ones and live a good life. Together we can be so much more powerful if we collaborate, instead of segregating ourselves and our crews. Everest is a perfect example of that.”
The internationally recognised entertainer highlighted the production skills of Demarco and thanked fellow artistes, Masicka and Skillibeng for their involvement.
Sean Paul is currently gearing up for his virtual Dreamstage performance on Saturday, May 8 live from Jamaica.
SEAN PAUL ON TRINIBAD STYLE.
Over the past few weeks, Sean Paul has appeared on several Trinidad and Tobago media platforms. He’s discussed the Trinibad music genre in various contexts, even rating the talent of some of the artistes who are a part of the movement.
One of the most recent expressions covered by Overtime TT and published in the Newsday newspaper hears the artist call for balance. “This music is to tell people what’s going on in our lives and I encourage people fi talk the truth every time. A lot ah time now we kinda embellishing or over exaggerating or over glorifying ah violent type ah lifestyle like it is the realist thing – like we get up every morning and drink we tea and buss gun inna boy head – and that ain’t true, or else there would be none of us left on earth. Scene? So, that’s my only thing with the badness: meh just wha big up everybody who ah do music and say yes, yuh must reflect the badness that is in society cause yeah, because that is what the music is for, but also tell the real story dem – tell de story when yuh shoot somebody an afi go hide inna hill and yuh cyah see yuh baby mother nor yuh baby dem for months, yuh understand?. He went on to tell the TriniBad artiste, “Tell de story when police ah come look fuh yuh and yuh frighten and yuh paro because yuh cyah even trust yuh best friend cause dem will sell you out cause dem know wha yuh do. So tell dem story dey too, not just the ones where you afi the baddest ting and no boy cyah test cause if dem test ah pure problems and violence!”
Sean Paul has called on the artistes to strike a balance in the music even as he saluted Trinidad and Tobago acts like Jahllano and Prince Swanny for keeping the dancehall genre alive and telling the stories of life in Trinidad.
Zess Producer, DNyce Nation Unleashes the Unthinkable. Could Others Follow?
Known for his involvement in the Zess music fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago, producer DNyce of DNyce Nation has made us look, unleashing something far from the norm, and proving his ability to masterfully go beyond the typical. He sings on the single, collaborated on with none other than multiple title holder, Shurwayne Winchester- something he says, is a first for him. What’s funny is, his first vocal effort, is pretty extraordinary.
Speaking with Ebuzztt following the release of “Ring De Bell”, DNyce, who’s real name is Dike David Pererria, said the song came from a place of gratitude. He explained that his single with Shurwanyne sits on the Colours Riddim and features several other artistes, among them, Potential Kid, Ace Boss and Vice, Bass, Skem and Melick. “It’s an honour to be able to sing alongside such a great artist like Shurwayne himself and it’s an honour to be able to produce a song like this,” said the young producer. He noted that the track was meant for Shurwayne and he had no intention of singing on it however, upon realising a need for a second voice, he offered to give it a try. “The song really came about due to me being so grateful and so happy about life itself and knowing that I am blessed with the opportunity to still have something to do, knowing that there are other people who aren’t as fortunate,” he said. DNyce acknowledged the support given by Shurwayne over time, saying, “Shurwayne being a person who has taught me so many things in terms of the music industry and how to go forward with my business, I couldn’t think of anybody else to sing something like this.”
The single encapsulates the concepts of spirituality and life; “It connects both life and God in one song,” said the writer and producer. Speaking on the Zess movement, he made it clear that it is not a new genre but rather, something created by Trinidad and Tobago, that he believes, once packaged properly, could have global impact. “A lot of the new acts coming up, I’m behind,” he admitted, noting that Zess is a new style of Caribbean music, that has originated from T&T. “It’s a taste of Soca with a branch of dancehall,” he clarified, adding, “I know where I can see this style going- I know what I see and what my passion when it comes to the production of the sound is, the whole happy side of the Zess thing. I can see that reaching very far as a new style of our music; I believe it can reach global markets but yet, we still have the negative side so while I can see it going global, I can only hope that the other artistes that support the style, turn their direction into a more commercial side of things.”
DNyce told EBUZZTT that this single is one of the most positive singles delivered out of the Zess style. “For the 90% of the time that T&T’s dancehall has been getting a hearing, the radio stations and the people in charge have only been promoting the negative side of the movement,” he said, going on to say, “This is one of the most positive crossovers ever to be created within the whole Zess forum. I’m not saying that there haven’t been positive songs before that have gotten a hearing but this is something that a lot of people have been trying to do, which is to make the whole cross between the Soca and the Zess. I feel this is one of the real openings that could affect these young people’s lives not just by telling them what’s the right thing to do, but by giving it to them in a way that they can enjoy.”
“This is one of the most connecting songs of the last three years. It has connected life and God in one message.”DNyce
A part of the music and production business for over 15 years, the DNyce Nation boss told us that he had to move his business from his home in St. Barbs, Laventille, to Belmont, noting that many artistes refused to enter Laventille, to work at his studio. “I had to use Belmont as my address for artistes to be attracted to come to the studio. For years it was a fight. I was unable to reach where I wanted to reach because nobody wasn’t coming to me so I really can’t forget Belmont,” he said. Confronting his truth, the young producer lamented that Laventille- his home, remains a crime hot spot, something that saddens him. “Being born and raised in a high risk, crime riddled community, I had to move my business to attract my clientele. I hope and pray for change one day.”
DNyce Nation is now located at SW Limited, Darceuil Lane, Arima.
‘Ring De Bell’ has been unleashed, complete with a video. Be sure to check it out below.
Nessa Preppy Brings Her Virtual Vibe Just Before Further Covid Restrictions Are Imposed.
As the entertainment fraternity continues to feel the pinch of the Covid-19 restrictions, artistes are doing whatever they can to keep the fire blazing. This week, government in Trinidad and Tobago announced the re-introduction of harsher restrictions as a result of increased Covid-19 cases and deaths. The implications for the arts and culture industry, are undoubtedly exacerbated as a result.
On Tuesday, Nessa Preppy – one of Trinidad and Tobago’s female trendsetters in music, delivered her first virtual event dubbed, ‘The Art of Flex.’ The event mimicked her recently released studio album of the same name. Friends invited to take the stage with the young, Trinbago native included Salty, Patrice Roberts, Preedy, Jahllano, Christo, Rheon Elbourne, Zerimar, Dev and Ricardo Drue.
The virtual bar already set some months ago by Nadia Batson when she delivered her ‘Artform 3″ virtual event, Nessa followed with a template that, while tweaked to suit her style, engaged online audiences pretty well. An element of authenticity that brought a different vibe to Nessa’s showcase was her one on one talk segments where she gave some insight into her views about her fellow artistes, much of the time, boosting their credibility in the music biz.
If you missed the showcase on Tuesday, here it is!
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