by Leigh-Ann Worrell
Ten years, one goal: “mek people wuk up.”
With a drink in one hand and a mic in the other, Omar Gorg Sobers has brought some Serious Wukkin’, ensured the ladies had Vex Fare or joined him in a cuddly Cosy Corner.
Even though his fans were never able to cheer him on at a national competition – and who could forget the time he “rose” from the grave, Gorg is thankful for the soca blessings thus far.
“I think I am very happy with the path I have trod. Regrets come from mistakes and you can only learn from them. I made mistakes along the way, but I learned from them. I would rather make them then than now,” the former Lodge boy reflected. Sitting in the sound booth, the soca singer was gearing up for a studio session at his “other home”, Platta Studios with Adam King Bubba Elias.
So far this year, Gorg has told the haters to Back Off in a song released last month. That, along with Peter Ram’s Stop Halfway are on the Rich Again riddim, which will also feature Salt, Li’l Rick, Scrilla, Uncle Sam and fellow Lodge alumni Crimeson.
The soca singer revealed he wanted to release five songs this year, in commemoration of his decade-long career.
Although not initially attracted to singing soca, a young Sobers became attracted to the artform through listening to an up and coming Li’l Rick.
“I used to look up to him a lot when he used to do the tapes for the van and t’ing. He wasn’t even singing soca at that time… When he first come out with Hard Wine and [songs] like that, it really opened my eyes to soca,” he told Bajan Vibes.
“And getting to work with him and singing and getting to produce songs for him, that really had me feel good as an artist.”
While Gorg has been involved in soca since 2003, it was Tipsy, released with the Outpatients in 2008, which would catapult him into the limelight. Since then, he has been a staple at various Crop-Over shows, such as Cohobblopot and private events.
After a decade in the game, Gorg has decided to focus on sharpening his production skills. “A lot of people don’t know that I produce. I helped to work on a lot of songs here in the Platta with King Bubba, like Rich Again Riddim, Blue Diesel, Rich Boy, some work on We Want Drinkz and [even] as far back as Salt’s See Me and Don’t See Me,” he revealed.
If Gorg’s life had gone the way he planned, he would have been serving up tasty lunch and dinner platters instead of cooking up hits in Platta. However, the former Hospitality institute student could not get a job in his desired field.
“I was into deejaying too and worked in government for a bit,” Gorg explained, “then I realised something was calling me. It was to sing soca. So I quit everything and started.”
The October-born also considered social commentary “several times” but has decided against it up until now.
“The thing about [social commentary] is that you are really political or real “jokey” or both. I don’t really want to be stepping on eggshells, ’cause I realise social commentary can be good and bad.”
As for whether he will enter any competitions this year, Gorg was still uncertain. He was sure, however, that his focus will remain on pleasing the people.
“Honestly, I tried many years before and I never got in. I don’t really do this for the competition, I do this for the people. Competition is one of those things that happens to be going on the same time you have a song, so you enter them. Not to say that I wouldn’t enter, but it is not on my mind right now. Just wanna mek some people wuk up!” he added with his trademark smile.
In fact, the exclusion has never even angered the artiste, simply stating, “bickering don’t help. The best thing is to do more music and better music… Once the people loving it, I good. I don’t get vex…”
But that is not to say that he always wanted to stay in soca. He admitted there were times when he “thought about retiring.” However, faith in God, the support of his mother and grandmother, his love for the artform, and his fans have kept him strong.
“Even though we might be doing secular music, you still have to put God first. You also have to be determined and doing it for an honest reason, for the love of the music. This market is big and there is room for everybody…,” Gorg said. “People will complain about everything… [but] you gotta be thankful for whatever blessings put on you. That is how I look at it. There are a lot of things I don’t get through with, but I look to make myself better in other ways.” firstname.lastname@example.org