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Getting a family of six out the door on
time can be quite a challenge---even when
you're a Beckham.
"With me and the boys, five minutes.
With Harper it's a lot more of a process and
obviously with Victoria," said the former
soccer star Tuesday at an event for his
fashion collaboration with British brand
The famous family has made a name in
fashion with Victoria Beckham's high-end
collection, which showed Sunday at New
York Fashion Week, and sons Romeo, 12, and
Brooklyn, 15, gracing magazine covers and
Burberry ads. (They also have a nine-year-
old son, Cruz.)
Beckham said he lent much more than his
name to the six-piece collection that includes
leather motorcycle jackets (US$1,950), a pair
of distressed jeans (US$395) and a classic,
white T-shirt (US$95).
"I have always been involved 110 per cent,"
Beckham said. "People know that it's what I
would wear and that's why people have
loved the collection the way they have."
The 39-year-old also partnered with
Belstaff and photographer Peter Lindbergh
on a limited-edition, coffee-table book.
The former England captain says he's
loving retirement and the shift in focus to
fashion and family. (AP)
Family man David Beckham dabbles in fashion
When German DJ Barney Millah speaks,
the words that come out of his mouth are
not sprinkled with his native Berlin accent.
Instead phrases such as "yeah man, ah com-
ing!" "fellahs," "and ting," and " by he" come
out with the familiar sing-song inflection
of a Trinidadian.
Added to that, he likes a good lime.
"I am not the kind of European who likes
to chill on the beach. Once I have food and
drink, I m good," he said during an interview
He proclaims his love for Germany and
his place of birth, Berlin, but his exposure
to the Caribbean has made him feel
as if he was born in the wrong
country. Blame the soca music
that he plays or blame the fact
that he once took it upon himself
to visit Tobago solo or that his
girlfriend of seven years is a
Trinidadian and her family has so
embraced him that he has become an
For those in the
known as a point man for pushing the music
in Europe. Bunji Garlin recently posted a pic-
ture of the two of them in a brotherly embrace
on Facebook, explaining in brief the story
behind the man.
Bunji wrote: "...he was the second person
to ever start playing soca in Germany but
the first to actually stick with for a decade
or more, anytime he
would play soca
ing him to
they didn t like the music...THAT IS A
DEFENDER OF SOCA and the world of soca
should know and respect this man..."
It s true, Millah said. He cleared a club
once. He cleared the floor at other parties
and he didn t care. As long as he played soca
he was happy,
attraction to soca began in 1987 when he
purchased his first vinyl LP, a soca sample
titled Soca Train. Among the songs on the
album were Kitchener s Sugar Bum Bum,
Crazy s Soca Tarzan and Arrow s Hot, Hot,
Hot. By then, he was already a DJ with a reg-
gae background. Both reggae and soca were
hardly played at parties in the 80s, except at
the African clubs.
In 1991, he travelled to Jamaica to know
more about reggae and dancehall. There, he
met the late Caribbean music icon Byron Lee
who performed a groovy mix of reggae,
dancehall and soca. By the time Millah
returned to Germany, he established his
sound system---which comprises DJs with a
variety of mixing styles, hype men on the
mic, and a vast library of music.
He also told his boss at the record store
where he worked that he was interested in
soca music. He persuaded him to sell some
music in the store. That was where he
met Franky Fyah, of the famed Soca
Twins sound system, who often
Germany's godfather of soca
DJ Barney Millah...
Barney Millah, left,
the German DJ who
has been supporting
soca music for many
years, poses with
soca artiste Bunji
Garlin, one of the
DJ's biggest fans.
PHOTO: ASYLUM BAND
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