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PNM Diego Martin East MP Colm Imbert
has become a musical sensation thanks to a
song that has just gone viral on social net-
works---System32 s electronic dance track
The song, produced and composed by a
local DJ group, adds an infectious dance beat
to the speech the Opposition MP delivered
before he led a PNM walkout during the Gov-
ernment s motion of no confidence in Oppo-
sition Leader Dr Keith Rowley. The concept
behind Cowards is similar #Selfie by American
DJ duo The Chainsmokers which was released
last January by Dim Mak Records/604 Records.
System32 s lead production engineer and
sound designer Kevin "OneKB" Beharry, in a
telephone interview from the group s Diego
Martin studio, said the track was not something
they had planned to produce. He said the team,
which consists of DJ Simon "The System"
Sanowar, Beharry and Mical "TeJa" Williams,
came up with the idea while they were listening
to a clip of Imbert s speech in Parliament. He
said Williams pointed out that the MP s voice
had a musical tempo.
"The way he was talking it was to a tempo
and Mical heard it and he made a draft beat
with his vocals in it and he liked how it was
sounding cause it was in timing with 128
tempo, a conventional tempo," Beharry told
the T&T Guardian.
He said the team started composing more
beats to go with Imbert s voice.
"We used that tempo to make another song
to put on top of it and everything fit in time.
We decided to go with it and we made it into
a full song, even though it was two minutes,"
Cowards is enjoying heavy airplay locally
and is regularly featured on Slam 100.5FM.
Beharry said the System32 crew was sur-
prised by the attention the song got on the
"This was not really a project. This was
really to show our creative muscle, just to
demonstrate what we could do and we did not
expect it to blow up the way it did," he said.
Beharry said while the song is a one-off
thing, they have been getting calls to do more
songs featuring other politicians.
"Trinidadians like things that are funny and
things like this would catch on faster than if
we sit down and do a real song. Trinidadians
like things that have comedic things. It could
happen as we head into the elections once it
is newsworthy and it is something we feel with
could work on and put together," he said.
Beharry stressed that System32 is not polit-
ically affiliated with any political party. However,
he said, it is good to know that something cre-
ative like Cowards is appreciated.
"It was not meant to be politically driven.
The beats are our creations, we build music
and composed that we build everything from
scratch. We heard that Colm Imbert likes the
song and we heard that it is his ringtone,"
This is not the group s first brush with pop-
ularity. They have produced songs with local
artistes for Carnival, their most recent was K
Rich s Baddest.
The group is currently working on soca songs
with Machel Montano and other artistes for
By the end of this
month, the Ministry of
the People will roll out
the first phase of its $25
million biometric card
Among the first recip-
ients will 40 mothers who
qualified for the $500-a-
month baby grant, as well
as 10,000 food card ben-
In the second phase,
the ministry will distrib-
ute close to 100,000 cards
to old age pensioners, as
well as those entitled to
public assistance, disabil-
ity grants and general
Minister of the People
said 175,000 cards are
expected to arrive in T&T
from Switzerland over a
"In the first phase we
will distribute 10,000-
plus cards, which will
arrive in the country in
the next few days," she
told the T&T Guardian
She said the biometric
card will introduce a fin-
gerprint system to with-
draw cash from ATMs at
commercial banks and
conduct business trans-
actions at stores.
She said the ministry
paid $25 million to
Switzerland firm NagraID
to manufacture the cards
which will be foolproof"
and prevent fraud.
ments for the cards were
made in 2009, Newallo-
Hosein said, but due to
teething problems at the
ministry, the programme
"One of the problems
was that we did not have
the equipment set up to
formulate the data and
ensure security systems
were in place," she said.
Biometric cards for baby grant recipients
Imbert's speech a local hit
DJs add music to MP's voice
System32 members, from left, Jameel Bellerand, media/visual editor; Simon Sanowar,
DJ/producer; Mical TeJa Williams, writer/producer; and Kevin Beharry, producer/engineer.
Children take part in a
watermelon race at
the annual Trinidad
Valley Harps Steel
Orchestra Sports and
Family Day at Sunrees
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI
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