Boys reppin’ Bim proudly
For Crop Over 2014 Bajans were Feeling Ah Feeling and getting Ben Up. Now the rest of the Caribbean, especially Jamaica and Trinidad, are getting in on the action.
These songs of Lead Pipe And Saddis, also known as Porgie And Murda, have been ripping up the airways and the charts in Jamaica recently; and for Lead Pipe the feeling is nothing but amazing. At present the songs are tied for No. 1 on the Jamaica Top 25 charts.
“When you hear reggae charts you will obviously be looking for reggae; so to see soca songs there, that’s a blessing and I just find that really great. You can also google number one song in the world and there’s no doubt Ah Feeling Ah Feeling is going to come up,” Lead Pipe said.
He told Bajan Vibes in a candid interview in The Gap that it was heart-warming to see the Trinis taking to the Bajan duo’s music so much because “it’s hard to break into the Trinidad market”.
“. . . But when you do good music and you putting out great music all the time, that’s an unstoppable force. It’s all about hard work . . . I just this minute came back from Trinidad. I was there for two weeks. Had couple performances. It was great. The Trini response was great.
“The trinis are loving the music. The Indian girls getting Ben Up. The dougla girls getting Ben Up. Let me tell you something, the other day I bought two doubles and it was Ben Up. So everything Ben Up down in Trinidad, and it serious,” he said laughing.
He added that it was hard for some Trinis to believe the duo were Bajans, but he stressed to them: “I want the world to know we are 100 per cent Bajans and the world is going to accept us for who we are –– proud Barbadians.”
Lead Pipe said he and partner were now preparing to go back down to Trinidad for even more performances.
“We are heading back down there from December 5 until March. So look out for Leadpipe And Saddis in the International Soca Monarch. It’s going to be crazy in Trinidad. We going England soon. We have so many places, I can’t even tell you how many places. Just know that wherever we go is going to be shell,” he said.
But before Leadpipe And Saddis head back to Trinidad, they will be making a quick stop in England, and then head off to the United States at Independence.
“We leaving for England on Thursday [tomorrow]; we will be back on Monday. I will be in USA for Independence. I’m going down to help put Barbados on the map some more. Rihanna did it, Hal Linton did it; so I want to be one of those artistes to do it too,” he said proudly.
He added that he was thankful for the way things were going now and that he would not trade it for the world.
“I have a son now and he’s my greatest blessing and best achievement. Everything is going great right now. The level of respect from the fans means a lot. I just keep doing this for the fans. That’s what it is all day every day. Music is life.”
And yes, the duo is already preparing for Crop Over 2015.
“You know that we don’t play. I paying for my tunes and let we just do this thing. Same thing. More music. More movies. Look out for the movie unusual suspects dropping November 19. It’s going to be crazy.”
Lead Pipe even dropped a few words of wisdom for young aspiring artistes before running off to enjoy his downtime with his friends. He said: “If I can do ityou can do it too. Whatever you choose to do, striveat that. Never let anyone tell you you can’t do it . . . .Just keep trying and let all of us be stars.”