by Davandra Babb
As 2015 comes to a close, we are all in some state of reflection –– whether in detail or just in fleeting thought. The entertainers themselves also take the time to look back on the past year and plan ahead for the next, hoping for bigger and better things.
Bajan Vibes caught up with some of the local entertainers and got their thoughts on the year that is just about ended, and some insight into what they are looking forward to in 2016.
Hypasounds, whom we all know had a whirlwind of a year and is still going, admitted to having a fabulous year.
“This year was an excellent year; was successful; overwhelming. And all the hard work I put in paid off,” he added.
Hypasounds placed third in the Party Monarch competition with his song How She Like It, after trying for nine years. And he does not intend to stop there; he already has plans in place for 2016. In fact, he is going full steam ahead.
“I am very excited about 2016. It’s going to be my tenth year anniversary. I am excited about the tracks that are going to be released. Excited to see my fans again on the stage in Barbados and seeing everyone enjoying themselves. Crop Over 2016 is going to be epic,” he said during the phone interview, as he is now in Trinidad doing gigs and preparing himself for the 2016 Carnival.
He also took the time to send his love and wishes for the upcoming year to all.
“Happy New Year to all the fans from Hypasounds and the entire team.”
Another artiste who enjoyed a great season was King Bubba. He too is still basking in the glory of 2015.
“This year was fantastic for me. From putting out a lot of hits to coming second in the Road March and Party Monarch, was a fantastic improvement and a fantastic jump. I always like to increase and go forward every year. So this year was a big jump for me.
“I have been working really hard, giving persons visuals to all my songs. I gave them music videos to my songs. They now call me the Mash-Up CEO. [The year] 2015 was fantastic; met a lot of new people; had a lot of great experiences . . . . I had a blast!” King Bubba said.
And he is more than ready for the New Year and all it has to offer.
“I am now working on brand new material for 2016, and I am looking to mash up 2016 fresh. I can’t wait for 2016 to come . . . . Look forward for more from me very very soon.”
And for Nikita, who did a collaboration with King Bubba for the hit song Tequila, 2015 was equally as amazing.
“[The year] 2015 was good for me; was amazing. I was pleasantly surprised by the response I got. Definitely was a good reintroduction to the industry where soca music is concerned,” she said.
Dwight Callender, speaking on behalf of the Energy Band, said it was a great year, and that things could only get better from here.
“We have a new front line, new material; we had finalists in the Party and Sweet Soca competitions; so it’s been good, man. We are just constantly improving. This band is all about evolution,” Dwight stressed.
Ian Webster, who placed second in the Sweet Soca competition this year with his song All-Inclusive, said 2015 was an interesting year for him.
“I had some fluctuating highs and lows,” he said, adding that “for 2016 I’m looking forward to much more consistency and, of course, a lot more success”.
Reigning Pic-O-De-Crop monarch Classic, understandably, also had a great 2015.
“The year was good. I am happy that I finally won the crown.”
Young Ah-Dee-Lah, who is the reigning Junior Monarch, said this year for her was unlike any other.
“This year was really great for me. I came from winning Junior Monarch to entering NIFCA, receiving a bronze medal in the professional category, which for me was an outstanding achievement,” she said.
And she has no intentions of stopping there. She has her sights set on bigger things already.
“Right now I am working on my songs for next year and preparing to enter the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, [and] hopefully Party Monarch, Sweet Soca. Looking forward to doing big things and working on me; developing my skills and basically improving on what I have done this year.
“Each and every day I look back on what I did this year, and look at how I can improve. Not just to win once, finish with it. No that’s not for me at all. Just looking to improve and win some more,”