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Dwayne Bravo says his ultimate goal
is to have a successful cricket career;
cricket enthusiasts will argue that he s
already accomplished that aim. Only
last week, the all-rounder shot into
the spotlight again when he created
history by becoming the first cricketer
in the world to be nominated for the
prestigious ESPY sport awards.
He earned the nomination in the
Best Play category for his spectacular
one-hand catch during a match in the
recently concluded Indian Premier
League (IPL). And last month, Bravo
had reason to celebrate when he copped
the Purple Cap for taking the most
wickets (26) in the IPL. Bravo's 2013
record of 32 wickets remains unbroken.
So, we can safely move on to goal num-
ber two---and that is to take his music
more seriously and launch it on the
The former West Indies captain is
wasting no time on that mission.
On June 11, he flew out to Los Angeles
to meet with top producers and music
executives to explore avenues to take
his music to the next level.
"I always loved music but it was
something I did as a hobby, now I do
gigs in LA and Florida. I never saw
myself reaching those places through
music. I always thought cricket would
take me there," Bravo shares in a recent
interview at his Maraval home.
Bravo, or DJ Bravo as he dubs himself,
says while he knows his music is not
taken seriously in Trinidad, it is well-
received outside of the country. His
latest track, Chalo Chalo, a catchy chut-
ney tune featuring Karma's Nisha B,
became an instant hit in India---where
Bravo has legions of loyal fans.
The song, which he dedicated to his
supporters there, is also available on
iTunes. With a few other tracks already
under his belt including Go Gyal Go
and Beenie Man and Bravo, a collab-
oration with his long-time friend,
Jamaican dancehall artiste Beenie Man---
Bravo believes that taking his music
internationally is only the start of bigger
and better things to come.
"I know people don't take me on
locally and that's okay. My focus with
music is outside of Trinidad. I plan to
release more tracks for the Asian market
because they really embrace my sound.
It's great to know I'm loved around the
And that love runs deep. Bravo is
often mobbed by hundreds of cricket
lovers for selfies and autographs when-
ever he travels to countries like India
and Bangladesh. The right-handed
batsman says when he finally puts down
his bat, he also plans to open a music
studio to help other artistes realise their
"Doing music is very expensive and
at home there aren't many places to
have your songs professionally done at
affordable prices. If you don't know
the music business you can get ripped
off," he explains.
"I want to give upcoming artistes
the chance to follow their dreams. This
is something on my agenda when I
However, this by no means signifies
that Bravo is ready to retire from crick-
et---far from it. The father of two, who
thrills fans with his celebratory dance
moves on the pitch, assures that he will
continue to play the game until he can
no longer do so.
Bravo's professional career spans well
over a decade. He says he has expe-
rienced both highs and lows but admits
that being dropped from the West
Indies' World Cup squad was especially
difficult. Just weeks after being dropped,
Bravo also called it quits from Test
Cricket. He played his last Test match
against Sri Lanka in 2010.
"I felt really hurt about being
dropped. It wasn't a good feeling at
all," he says.
But the Chennai Super Kings crick-
eter bats on. Reflecting on his journey,
he says he has come a long way from
his days as a youth at the Queen's Park
"I remember my parents couldn't
afford to send me to the clinic but coach
Charles Guillen said he will take care
of it. I'll always be thankful to him and
Richard Smith for giving me a chance
and encouraging me to excel," he says.
Bravo attributes his humility to his
"humble beginnings" and close-knit
family. "My family wasn't poor but we
Bravo goes to LA to further music
...but not ready to put down the bat
weren't rich. My dad did his
best to make sure his kids had
enough. Money hasn't
changed me and it never will."
One other thing that hasn't
changed is Bravo's love for
partying and having a good
time. Whenever he's in Trinidad
you can expect to see him at pop-
ular nightclubs like 51 Degrees---
but don't expect him to get too
"turned up" or carried away,
Bravo is always the designated
driver as he does not drink
alcohol or smoke.
"I just never saw the sense
in smoking or drinking.
Whenever I party, I drink
orange juice or coconut water.
People never believe me but
it's true," he says.
"Doing music is very
expensive and at home there
aren't many places to have
your songs professionally
done at affordable prices. If
you don't know the music
business you can get ripped
off," he explains.
"I want to give upcoming
artistes the chance to follow
their dreams. This is
something on my agenda
when I retire."---Dwayne Bravo
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