Soca star Benjai loves Bim stage
Trinidadian soca star Benjai says Barbados is one of his favourite places to perform, especially because it seems to inspire him.
In fact, he admits that whenever he comes to the island, he always looks for an idea to take back to Trinidad with him for his music.
Benjai, whose given name is Rodney Le Blanc, has been performing soca music for the past 11 years and coming to Barbados for six.
“Barbados is one of my favourite places because the reception has always been positive . . . . from my first song Over And Over until now,” he said.
“I have done some work with Bajan artistes and Barbados has a lot of things that Trinidad doesn’t have as yet and vice-versa. So me coming from Trinidad and Tobago, I am open-minded when it comes to music.
“In every country I go, including Barbados, I always take back the positives with me because that is why we are the West Indies,” added the man who placed third in the 2013 Soca Monarch competition.
The Feter said most of his songs were based on real life.
“My inspiration comes from the Most High God. My music is not slack or vulgar. Like Wine To The Side, it came from something real I saw and the Father gives me the vibes.”
He said that in order to develop the entertainment industry in the region “we just need to do more positive music for the youths. Music is something a lot of people think is for now and they are hearing the s-o-u-n-d-s but the s-o-n-g-s are what we need to focus on and captivate the youth because a lot of the music right now that is captivating them is really not positive.”
Benjai said his next move was to get his music into more countries around the world, including Africa. “I am trying my best right now to put myself in Africa. I am going there to visit. I hope when I go there it will help me to take my music elsewhere.” (MM)