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Several artistes are enjoying the unex-
pected success of the Kan Kan Riddim
which continues to gather momentum but
one artiste on the rhythm was never in
any doubt that it would be a hit.
Nesta Boxill better known as Sekon Sta
felt sure the beat would be a top contender
but did not anticipate the magnitude of its
popular appeal. He said this while speaking
to the T&T Guardian during an interview
at Advokit Studios, Diamond Vale. His song
on the rhythm, The Best, has been getting
a lot of airplay.
"That song came naturally. The song is
about a girl that has body and personality
and is just the best. I just carnivalised it
and made it Trinidadian. It s a song written
for one but meant for many," Boxill said.
The song has received so much attention
that he has performed it live all over the
Boxill believes that he was born to be an
artiste and revealed that he has been hanging
around calypso tents since he was very
young. This was mainly because of the influ-
ence of his father Dennis Williams Franklyn,
better known as Merchant.
"I was basically born into it, born around
it and I grew up in it. Since I know myself
I ve been around the calypso tents and that
has given me a proper foundation," he said.
He said that his father s refusal to write
him his first song was a very valuable life
lesson and it is because of this that he now
writes most of his own music and continues
to stay close to his calypso roots. His father
will always be his inspiration and this deep
appreciation of calypso is reflected in his
style of soca, he said.
"A lot of my stuff sounds very vintage-
Artiste Sekon Sta stays close to his calypso roots
influenced. It s not retro but it s a genuine calypso
foundation on which my music is based, while a lot
of modern soca artistes have R&B and other foreign
influences being their main influence. My influence
encompasses what I think is the entirety of Trinidad
which is calypso and soca."
Even though it has only been three years since he
decided to make soca his career he has been per-
forming in national competitions like the Junior Soca
Monarch since he was a teen. The first song he did
when he began in 2011 was called Stick It and that
was also done with Advokit Studios.
"That song solidified my foundation. It was a
sound that said to T&T that there is a new talent
to look out for," added Boxill.
This has been a bumper year for the 25-year-old
who also had a wildly successful Crop Over season
in Barbados in May.
He said: "I had a breakthrough year in Barbados
where I had seven songs playing on the radio this
year. I wrote 15 songs for Crop Over. Seven singles
got consistent airplay. I had Put In that Work on the
Junebomb riddim. I had another one called Bumper
Swag which was a big hit over there too."
Boxill was also very thankful to have worked with
King Bubba and Platta studios while in Barbados.
He is not sure if he will release any more music
for the year but he already has several contributions
for Carnival 2015 which include his work on the Kan
Kan Riddim, Put In that Work, Maximum which was
co-written by Emmanuel Rudder and Keep Pushing.
He is also looking forward to entering Soca Monarch
He admitted that whether or not he does release
anything else it would be heavily dependent on what
type of vibe he felt. He said that team Advokit is
always working on new rhythms but he could not
say which ones would make it out of the studio and
on to the airwaves.
"There are no guarantees. I could wake up in the
morning and say the breeze feels like it want a new
song. You never know with us you might hear some-
thing for Christmas but it might not be a parang,"
Even though he believes that he was born to be
on the stage performing and having a career in soca
music, he urged other young artistes to remember
to fight for what they want and never accept defeat.
"Go hard at it and be committed because the first
person that needs to believe in you is yourself. If you
take no for an answer, no is the only answer that
you will ever get and it only takes one yes," Boxill
Slam 100.5FM personality Sekon Sta (Nesta Boxhill)
is the son of late, legendary soca composer/recording
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