WHAT Started as an plan of two Barbadians – Ian Webster and Cheyne Jones – reworked into We Obtained This, a track which proved adequate to stir the collective creativeness of 25 recording artistes from fourteen international locations throughout the region, disseminating the pertinent concept that there is practically nothing the Caribbean are not able to achieve once there is unity.
Jamaican Kaay Jones who is listened to chanting at the beginning – “We obtained this, haffi mek it, nu have no odda decision but to be strong” – stated the monitor was a properly-necessary job to present a feeling of hope to Caribbean persons. She also when compared it to the time-honoured We Are The Earth, created by pop icon Michael Jackson and R&B/soul singer Lionel Richie in 1985.
“The entire electrical power of the monitor and the inclusion of award-successful musicians and songwriters make it have that We Are The Earth-variety of vibe to it, and it is also promoting unification,” Jones instructed The Gleaner.
Similarities apart, Webster stated the monitor, generated by Chris Allman, is in no way a copy of the charity solitary.
“We could never test to replicate that piece, but it goes to exhibit that there are different items we as creatives can operate on, heading forward,” he stated. “The way the new music is been given and conceived has its possess magic.”
Webster, much better recognized by his moniker ‘iWeb’, is a 3-time Calypso King in Barbados. He notes that most of the artistes who have contributed to the monitor ended up only introduced via the collaboration and have still to satisfy in human being. With specific video clips submitted, Selwyn Browne of Vibe Barbados was ready to set jointly the visuals.
“Music is common language it is the just one thing we have in prevalent. We can have a group of musicians from different sections of the globe, probably they don’t know or have an understanding of each and every other, but new music is in our signature and it took networking to make this possible, as properly as, for a zero-funds manufacturing, the artistes them selves who made a decision to volunteer their skills,” Webster described.
Current holder of the Groovy Soca Monarch crown in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, School Boy Jesse, stated he thinks We Obtained This extends to all industries throughout the Caribbean, and the pandemic serves as a appropriate concept that “it is important we occur jointly to be extra effective”.
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He extra: “If you look at the populace of the Caribbean, we are however so little when compared to other sections of the globe. In every single solitary market possible, we are a force jointly, so essentially my concept is that we will need to use every single solitary chance to operate jointly, not just in the new music, but other industries.”
R&B singer-songwriter Shontelle agreed with School Boy Jesse that “we are just one Caribbean”.
She instructed The Gleaner: “I am not heading to even sugar-coat it I consider I had as much psychological trouble with what is heading on as the next human being. No just one in our generation, or alive, imagined they would have to deal with a pandemic like COVID-19 at this time … these items just seem to be to be situations we learn about in background. The virus is possessing really serious impacts on our society not just just one island, but the full Caribbean, and globe.”
The Unattainable singer, also recognized as the co-author of fellow Bajan Rihanna’s Person Down, is typically dependent in New York but transpired to be making what she referred to as “a pit quit again home” in Barbados, in advance of a scheduled journey to Dubai to conduct.
“If you’re heading to be trapped, you want to be the place your family members is I was pleased to be dwelling when every thing unfolded, since proper now New York is a hot zone. Nevertheless, with all which is heading on, it is so easy to get bewildered and annoyed even me – at just one level I was, like, I can’t go to the studio – starting up to get worried about us becoming a little island that imports a whole lot,” Shontelle stated.
“Now we have to be self-sufficient, but at the very same time know that we are not by yourself. So, executing the monitor wasn’t a question, it was important to do We Obtained This, and the nature of how it came jointly demonstrates that we are a group … . It states, you’re more than there having difficulties, we really feel the very same way in Barbados, and in Trinidad, and in Antigua, and so on, but we obtained this.”
We Obtained This also functions vocalists from Guyana, Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, and The Bahamas.