A new Caribbean single has hit the airwaves, merging cultures and sounds for a tune that is already predicted to be a popular one for carnival parades in 2020.
Bahamian artist Patrice Murell and 2019 International Groovy Soca Monarch Swappi have linked up to combine the music of both countries – Junkanoo and Soca – for a hot track to dance to.
“Heavyweight” is the first in a series of upcoming projects that introduce Patrice in a whole new light. She is known for her bubbly pizazz; but in 2020, Patrice is showing off a more sophisticated, sexy, chic side of herself. She has been on the Caribbean music scene for a few years now, but she is taking her career to the next level and is being recognized by her colleagues throughout the region.
Swappi, along with MadMen and Ultimate Rejects group, fell in love with Junkanoo music and her style. Patrice’s song “Come to Wave” sparked their interest and they reached out to her. It was 2017 and back then, “Full Extreme” was a hit for Ultimate Rejects. Their connection was solidified in 2019 when Patrice performed at the One Caribbean Unite and Rebuild concert held in Trinidad, which raised funds for the victims of Hurricane Dorian. A number of Bahamian artists performed along with big names in Soca such as Destra, Teddyson John, Nailah Blackman, Farmer Nappy, Patrice Roberts and of course, the Ultimate Rejects.
“They love the Bahamian culture and sound that I incorporate in my music,” Patrice said.
“As a Bahamian I am proud to let other cultures know how special and unique we are… but also how similar we are to other regions like Trinidad. I have always been an advocate for merging Bahamian music with other genres. Heavyweight combines elements of Junkanoo with Soca. You will hear the familiar goatskin drums, horn and cowbells; but you will also hear elements of Soca that are fun and traditional to culture. It’s about two top artists coming together and creating great music together.”
The project began in Trinidad with Patrice working with Mad Men Productions, with Swappi not only featured on the track, but assisting Azariah with the lyrics. It was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Johann Seaton. Bahamian Freddie Seymour contributed the Junkanoo percussions. Once the audio aspect was complete, Patrice brought the project back to The Bahamas for three of the top production houses in the country to work together on the visuals. Gary Wong, a Bahamian producer who made a name for himself in America before returning home to establish his company Helium Creative, worked along with Farreno Ferguson of F Dot Photography. They worked along with IC Marketing with Margaret Glynastis and Dyaria Knowles to complete the project. The video highlights the beauty of the Bahamas with its stunning beaches with crystal blue waters. You see the two stars showing off their country’s flags with pride during the video. The Valley Boys Junkanoo group staged the rush out for the video.
“For me, I had to encourage myself and remind myself that I am a heavyweight in life, after everything I have been through. I want to use the song to encourage others to be a heavyweight in their own lives… and boss up! If you wake up in the morning, going after your goals and dreams, then you are a heavyweight.”
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