Sir Ruel, Minim making music
(GOOD) MUSIC LIVES ON.
?And for producer Fabian Minim Worrell and calypsonian and former Junior Monarch king, Chad Sir Ruel Bowen, good music looks out while touching those within.
Sir Ruel’s Sweet Soca offering for this year provided a great example of this.
“I wrote it in 2012 under a tree,” the 24-year-old said with a laugh of Music Lives On.
“I put down the song and would go back at it and . . . I went into a studio with it last year and I was told ‘they are not ready for it, [so] I feel that now is the right time to bring it out.”
A strong Latin heartbeat breathes life into the track, as steel pan and other West Indian traditional influences can be easily traced in the infectious melody.
Along with the sweet soca track, Sir Ruel also has two social commentary songs, and is in the House of Soca line-up. After taking it to producer Minim, the two were able to cook up something great.
“I got a call from his manager and [when Sir Ruel came] into the studio. . . I was hearing the music and the message and the melodies. He told me he wanted an international touch and I knew it was one that would stand the test of time.
“[Music Lives On] has a timeless element to it, and it encouraged me to build that sound on the other records that I was doing and it has a Latin international infusion but still had that ‘engine room’ and [the] nostalgic influences of soca,” Minim explained.
And as a testament to the power of music, the vibe Sir Ruel brought to the studio was able to encourage Minim to work on other music to contribute to the island’s largest festival.
He explained some of the music will be set to individual tracks, while others will be on a riddim, “but [it will be] a common sound . . . The elements will be a unique fusion of elements that people have not heard before.”
It will be an “EP-style” project, featuring seven or eight tracks with songs from Fantom Dundeal, Kes, Sherwin Winchester and Nigerian afropop sensation Davido. These collaborations are important in the effort of spreading soca’s wings, Minim said.
“At some point I think we have to find what is our sound, and as a producer I just want to take part in what is Barbadian and what is Caribbean and make a contribution. I also think we should be making a contribution on a larger scale, so what is our contribution to the Grammys, the American Music Awards or to the Soul Train Awards?” (LW)