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Pop star Lady Gaga is to
honour David Bowie with
"an experiential tribute" at
this month s Grammy
The performance will be
overseen by Chic s Nile
Rodgers, who produced
Bowie s hit album Let s
Dance in 1983.
"The tribute will be a
multisensory testament to
the icon s incredible artistry
and a reflection of his limit-
less creativity," said the
Recording Academy in a
statement. Gaga has previ-
ously credited Bowie as an
"He s sort of like an alien
prince," she once told chat
show host Alan Carr.
"We had already booked
Lady Gaga on this year s
show, but when David
passed---almost in a single
moment---we knew we had
to change direction," said
Ken Ehrlich, executive pro-
ducer of the Grammys.
"We immediately spoke
and agreed that she should
be the one to honour David.
She s perfect for it."
The Grammys will be held
on February 15. Bowie died
of cancer on January 10,
days after his album Black-
star was released. (BBC)
BOBIE LEE DIXON
icardo Drue seems like the new
soca "hottie" on the block. But
this 31-year-old has been doing
his thing for quite a while now.
The son of television personality Nicola
Barriteau---he started out his singing career
early in his homeland of Antigua where he
was a lead vocalist in an all-boy band which
is now defunct.
His love for soca music has now made
him a household name and an adopted and
loved son of T&T soil. Last year he demon-
strated he meant business when he placed
second with his monster hit Vagabond at
the 2015 International Soca Monarch finals.
This year he is back in the finals and well,
I guess one will have to wait to see if he will
bring it again
at the Hasely
caught up with the busy entertainer who
spent a little time helping us to understand
the man behind Ricardo Drue.
You came from a group
called Crossovah where you
sang a blend of genres. But then
on your solo career path, you
seem to have leaned more towards soca
music, so much so that you have taken the
Road March title twice---back to back in
your birth land. Why soca music and not
any of the other genres?
Ok, even when you look back
at the group, you would recognise
that I was the one considered
the soca element in it. I mean I
have always loved soca music and it is prac-
tically what I grew up on. People like Bunji
Garlin, Ronnie Mc Intosh, Burning Flames...
they were all my inspiration.
What are your offerings this year?
I have four songs out this Carnival season
but I have really just been pushing three.
They are Bet, Day One, Winner and Profes-
sional, which is one of my more popular
tracks this year.
Do you write your own songs?
I do, but I also accept songs that are written
for me. This season I co-wrote mainly three
songs but Bet was more influenced by song-
writers Kit Israel and Emmanuel Rudder.
You are a father of four. How do you bal-
ance with all this traveling and still being
there for your kids? How do you make up
for lost time?
Patience! Lots of it. Along with
planning. I try to stay connected to
them via Skype and I call as much
road and I go home any
chance I can get.
My kids also have
a very good
mother who is
also very patient
and strong and
she helps them to
what s going on
and why I can t be
there when I want
How do you feel about
your chances this year
at Soca Monarch?
I believe I have
a very good
chance. I did
not choose to
because it is
more suitable to
the criteria of the
You represent the new
generation of soca. It took
us a very long time before we
could see a soca artiste collect
an international award. Bunji
and Machel finally did, having
been recipients of the Black
(BET) Soul Train Award. But
there is still very far to go
before copping a Grammy.
How do you think you and
the other youth of soca can
lift the image of this island music
and get it closer to a more inter-
No disrespect to anybody.
This generation of soca is more
representative and connected to
the urban market. We
have a better
urban market and
with social media
it has made it
much easier for
us to con-
ten years ago
space was not
artistes to do
that. So I don t
think that the
not do their best. I
believe they would
have been at a dis-
been without the
level of social media
we have now at our
What do you do to stay
always reminds me to stay
humble and not to get ahead of
myself otherwise she would slap some sense
into me. And my grandma is no kicks---she
will find me on a stage in the middle of per-
hit me that
slap if she
Are you married/single or just socali-
I am not single, but I am very singly
Will you ever return to singing other
I never stopped. But soca music is just
You recently issued a statement on
drinking and driving. Is this your way of
telling your fans though you sing about
being a professional drinker, you do not
endorse drinking irresponsibly?
Precisely! A professional drinker won t
drink and drive.
Where do you see yourself in the next
I see myself as an entrepreneur not only
in music but in other areas. Hopefully I
can mentor other youths who can follow
in my footsteps and do better than me. But
most importantly, I want to make sure I
stay committed to making sure the culture
and the art form continues to grow and
that the Drue Nation brand is not just a
household name in T&T and Antigua but
across the globe.
David Bowie to be honoured by Lady Gaga at the Grammys
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Ricardo Drue's energetic
performances are lapped up
by audiences everywhere.
PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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