French soca vibe

Teddyson John has landed one of the biggest soca hits for the year. Surprised by the response, the St Lucian artiste said he never imagined Allez would have gone on to be such a success.

The song is catchy and easily gets people singing Allez Allez Allez Allez even though a non-French or Kweyol speaker would not know the meaning.

Speaking to Bajan Vibes after the Socatology show last weekend, John told us just what was the meaning of that infectious word.

Teddyson John performing at Socatology.
Teddyson John performing at Socatology.

Allez is French. It means to move, to go. I just wanted to take it from another point of view. So many times in your life, you tend to listen to everyone else but your heart. So my thing is you brush off all the negativity in your life and you just do what you want to do. You tell all the doubters to Allez Allez Allez Allez,” John explained.

John said he wanted to show there was more to soca that just “wukking up” and drinking. However, he said while on that quest, he had no idea the song would be so successful.

Teddyson John
Teddyson John

“I didn’t know it would be so successful. I did it for St Lucia Carnival. I don’t compete in St Lucia. I just put out a bunch of songs. I did a video for Allez and that’s the song everyone gravitated towards. So for me it was a blessing to see everyone go towards that song with all the positive lyrics.”

John stressed that all he wanted was to be a positive vessel to represent St Lucian music and to let the world know that good can come from St Lucia.

Currently touring, he told Bajan Vibes his sights were now set on putting out some music for the upcoming Crop Over festival, which he was eagerly looking forward to. (DB)

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