by Leigh-Ann Worrell
There is no doubt about it: the Barbadian dancehall and reggae scene is growing.
Propelled by the fans who have been able to push songs like Don’t Ask Me by Crimeson and Pon My Cornuh by Brutal the Crankstar from promotional CDs to rotation on radio stations.
Some of the stakeholders on the Bajan reggae scene believe that with more effort, their songs could reach the ears – and level of Jamaican counterparts.
Tyson Gibson, better known as Crimeson, believed the move should come from within if big things were to happen for Bajan dancehall artistes.
“Barbados is a small place and [the music] needs more push. [I think] it would tek all the radio stations to play the music: not just my music but all the Bajan stylee. Everybody step up. When the deejays play the riddim they only play the Jamaicans on the riddim and some of the Jamaican songs on the riddim are not as popular as the Bajan ones, but yet still they not playing them. I don’t see what is the issue,” he told Bajan Vibes backstage at Digicel Reggae on the Beach on Sunday.
He was one of the local acts who paved the way for Elephant Man, Bounty Killa and Aidonia at the event held at Brandon’s Beach.
The 12 Teen singer said the problem lay with indifferences between some artistes and radio deejays, adding: “dis body don’t like dis body and that body don’t like that body and that is how it is going.”
Ryan Matrix Man Williams has already been getting airplay in Jamaica. He told Bajan Vibes that his fans have relayed that his April 2012 release, Meat Gaw Pull could be heard in the home of dancehall. Williams was of the opinion that more affordable studio time could help up and coming artists to spread their music.
“Everybody ain’t got money to go and record so it can’t get push,” he said.
Some “things are about to happen” for Juran 10 Parris as well. While he did not want to disclose any information, Parris was positive about the chance of exporting outside local shores.
He asserted the dancehall brought something new to the local music scene.
“People tend to gravitate towards soca, but soca is seasonal and to me you can’t get up every day and feel like wukking up. But the dancehall brings a different flavour to Barbados and it is good to see that the public is receiving and embracing the music.”
Parris also got his start in soca using the moniker Cut Rite. Parris switched to dancehall some time after, releasing songs like Only The Strong. He admitted not all songs were positive in message, but asserted the violence was “figurative.”
“Dancehall has various themes and vibes. Some are good and some are not so good but I believe that an individual should be guided by their own intuition. It is up to the individuals to create their values and morals…,” he stated. “In dancehall there is always rivalry… The rivalry is on the stage and it is about defending myself and the music.”
Gibson also shared this idea.
“The dancehall that is coming out of the island ain’t really ’bout crime. People don’t really sing ’bout violence. We does sing ’bout Bajan topics. Barbados is not a violent country; it got violence but it is not a violent country. We don’t sing ’bout violence ’cause people can’t relate to that.” [email protected]
by Leigh-Ann Worrell