This year, Chad Sir Ruel Bowen is celebrating ten years in the Crop Over calypso business, and the young man is quite proud of his accomplishments. Sir Ruel reflected on his journey thus far, acknowledging 2015 as quite special to him.
“It’s a great feeling. You know, it’s experience. Through the years I’ve learnt so much in the arts and music! I’ve experienced many disappointments; a lot of success.
“And the experience in itself is what made it good, you know? It’s never a bad happening,” the shy calypsonian said.“One Junior Monarch crown, and I created history in Barbados, actually being the first junior ever to go to the Pic-O-De-Crop in a year, and coming so high in the competition. I went to the finals, yeah! I actually placed fourth,” Sir Ruel said proudly.
The 25-year-old said when he first made it to the Pic-O-De-Crop Finals, it was an unbelievable feeling which he would never forget. “To tell the truth, because I didn’t know what to expect, I just went in there. I had fun; but now when you know what to expect, the expectations surrounding people make for a lot more pressure,” Sir Ruel said And, yes, he has special plans to celebrate this year; but he noted he was just trying to take one day at a time and focus on his performances this year РР to do his best and try to secure another title.
“Well, I would just let the year deal with it; whatever will be will be. But I can assure you that I will be just having fun for my ten years РР no stressing. This is a very special year for me, and I will try to make the music really good.”
One of Sir Ruel’s songs this year, Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams, is looking back on his journey, and also advising young calypsonians not to give up on their dreams.
“The second song is called Young Stars, and it’s saying that with all this negative talk that was in the Press about the youngsters and all the bad they doing РР the violence, I’m here to say: don’t just be a youngster, be a star.
“You are somebody; you are not what society says you are; you are more than that. You are conquerors; you are winners; you are champions. So that is basically the essence of the song,”
Sir Ruel explained He is actually also trying his hand at Sweet Soca again this year.
“Two thousand and nine was actually my first year in the Sweet Soca competition, and I’ve never got back in the competition since. So I just hope this year could be a little different.
“I’m working with people like Nicholas Brancker, Chris Allman РР great producers and great music,” he said. Sir Ruel offered some simple advice to up-and-coming calypsonians: “I would definitely say that if your heart is there, just go after it. If it’s what you want to do, just go after it.”