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Saucy wow challenges
Here we go again. Another big name artiste out of Trinidad & Tobago is demanding a change in attitude by radio station head honchos and the men and women who carry out the duty of spreading soca music and promoting the artistes, challenging them to be fair in their music circulation.
“What happen? Is only Machel Montano it have as an artiste in Trinidad? I’m not taking anything away from him. He has done a whole heap of music for the season, we not disputing that. But there are other artistes and other songs that can be played between his whole repertoire that they want to push,” Denise Belfon said, the fury building as she continued her very passionate interview with the T&T Guardian.
Promoters not hearing the music
Belfon is no “just come.” Her music, her style and her stage performance is truly one of a kind and each year, her fans look forward to seeing her on stage at big fetes like Fire Fete, Licensing, WASA and Army.
This year, however, the artiste who has five singles out currently, said the promoters have been telling her they’re not hearing her singles on air.
“Is Machel, Shurwayne, Bunji,” she said, arguing that while these artistes had great music for the season, there was no reason why the music of other artistes should be denied the respect of a fair amount of airplay like the popular entertainers were receiving.
Belfon said, “I am fed up of having to prove myself to these DJs and promoters every year,” explaining that each year she has to fight for her music to be placed on rotation.
Five singles, no air play
Belfon’s five tracks include, Wine It Gyal, a track she said the personalities at Next 99.1FM told her had been too fast for the early period of the season, prior to Christmas.
She then released, Show Meh Part 2 on the Zing Zang riddim, which also features Chucky and Erphaan Alves in a collaborative effort.
“Ah not hearing that song at all,” she lamented, adding that her third single was on the Barcode Riddim which features big name artistes like Bunji Garlin and others from St Vincent and Grenada.
“That track, Taking Over was the last single released on the Barcode Riddim.
Belfon’s persona for the 2012 season is of one of being bold faced, hence the name of her fifth track for the season, which was released early last week.
She said, “At the end of the day I am Saucy and I could defend it, but my fans want to hear my new music whether it good, bad or indifferent. They deserve that.”
Belfon’s plea and challenge comes amid much talk this season of the rotation of one group of artistes’ music.
At the top of the list is none other than the reigning Power Soca Monarch and Road March champ, Machel Montano.
Online, talk of this situation is prompting high levels of concern among music lovers.
Some argue that there are many other upcoming artistes who aren’t being afforded the opportunity to be heard, while others from abroad argue that it makes no sense to return to T&T year after year to hear and see the same group of artistes at the big fetes.
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