When Hypasounds announced his two songs for Crop Over, 2015, he had no clue he would have reached the heights he is at now. And he is enjoying every bit of the success.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes last night from Trinidad, shortly after learning he had advanced to the finals of the International Soca Monarch, Hypasounds was at a loss for words; but the excitement was evident in his voice.
“I don’t know what to say. You were there from the get-go –– at the start of Crop Over, and you know this is nothing that we were expecting. I feel good; I feel sugary; I feel like I know how they want it,” he said with a hearty chuckle, while recounting a conversation we had at the start of the last Crop Over season.
The delighted entertainer, who has taken Trinidad by storm with his two hit songs Sugar Rush and How She Like It, said the feeling was unlike any other; but he knew it was his reward for years of hard work.
“I feel good . . . I feel sugary. It’s a great feeling; it was really emotional. Some tears came to my eyes because I know the struggles I’ve been through. This is my ten-year anniversary, and everything is coming together,” the soca artist said.
And the ever-humble Hypasounds told Bajan Vibes he was and would forever be thankful.
“I always say this, and people think it as a joke, whatever little bit that happens to me, whatever success, I’m very thankful because I know where I came from and where I’m at today. It’s a great feeling,” he explained.
But he noted that the hard work had now begun, and he was looking to pull out all the stops.
“Big ups to all the other Bajans who were in the competition and held up the Flag for Barbados. You can’t turn a blind eye to that,” Hypasounds added.
He thanked his fans for the continued support and urged them to continue praying for him.
“Keep me in your prayers. Keep supporting. Keep the vibes positive. As the only Bajan in the competition, I will keep that Flag up and do what I have
to do,” he promised.
Hypasounds will face seasoned performers, including Shurwayne Winchester, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx and Patrice Roberts who have all qualified in the final set for Fantastic Friday.
Barbados’ Party Monarch and Road March King Peter Ram is also eyeing the two remaining spots in the finals. He is among four wild cards who will compete via public voting
for a place.
Three other Barbadians artistes Biggie Irie, iWeb and King Bubba had competed in the semi-finals.
iWeb, who has now returned to Barbados, following Sunday’s semi-final, said he had a great time in Trinidad, and offered his best wishes to Hypasounds.
“Carnival for me was an interesting and learning experience. I attended a few fetes and they were great. Hypasounds has two of the biggest tunes in the Carnival circuit. I wish him all the best and expect he will represent Barbados to the fullest,” iWeb said.
King Bubba echoed iWeb’s sentiments, also sending his well-wishes to Hypasounds ahead of the final.
“I had a great Carnival. I’m now working on new records. I voiced a new song last night. Big-up to everyone for their support. Can’t wait to do it all over again. Big-up to Hypasounds. Do your best, my brother,” King Bubba said as he was on his way to Guyana for another show.
Veteran calypsonian Red Plastic Bag also sent his well-wishes and told them that it wasn’t only about winning.
“I’m very happy for them all. It’s a tough competition to be in, and I take my hat off to them to be able to go down there and to work hard to be in the competition . . . . Being apart of that competition is not just about winning; it’s also about exposure; and I hope that they got the exposure that they were seeking,” he said.
We at Bajan Vibes wish Hypasounds all the best in the finals.