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Ah Doh Mine She
In his 2017 chutney soca offering
Ah Doh Mine She, Shivan Ragoon-
ath, in collaboration with Stephon
"Slammer Cutter" Mark, explains
that even though his song is a rum
song, it does not encourage others
to drink. "In fact," he explains, "it
is about a wife loving alcohol more
than her husband. It is just a fun
song about how fun his wife is when
she drinks." For him, the structure
of most rum songs hinges on men
always taking the blame; but "this
time, we are putting a twist on it and
highlighting the woman, while no
bashing is involved."
The song was produced by Rishi Ma-
hato and written by Stephon Mark.
The song took shape when Ragoonath
and Mark met for the first time in a bar-
ber shop. They struck up a conversation
about singing, when Mark, who was on
vacation in Trinidad, asked Ragoonath
to sing his song. By the end of the song,
Mark asked Ragoonath to collaborate
with him. Then and there, Ragoonath
called his producer to have him set up
the collaboration. "When I called my
producer, I told him that Slammer only
had three more days in Trinidad, so the
riddim was built on Wednesday, we
worked on it the Thursday and added
the vocals on Friday," Ragoonath said.
The song has already got some radio
Their video has garnered over 30,000
views and it is still climbing. "There is a
remix in the making, as we speak, with
a prominent soca artiste," said Ragoon-
ath, "and it will be released three days
before Chutney Soca Monarch Semis
on January 15."
This is just one of the two songs
Shivan has entered the Chutney Soca
"I have also entered the tradition-
al category in the competition with a
song titled Duhlah and Duhlahin, which
I will be singing with Reshma Ramla.
This song was released two months ago."
Ragoonath said it has not been an
easy road for him---he was not able to
make it to the semifinal round in the
competition, and has been rejected by
other popular chutney artistes over the
years. However, he is not ready to give
up on his dreams, and is pushing even
harder this year.
"In the meantime, I love performing
for my family and friends or at different
places and will continue to do so. I have
also performed recently at a business
anniversary in Aranguez and the feed-
back was amazing," he said.
He had some words of advice for the
stalwarts in the business: "Please assist
those that are now coming up. It does
not have to be money or collaborations,
but just words of advice can go a long
And for new artistes, he advised: "Al-
ways keep pushing for your dreams, no
Slammer Cutter and Shivan. Photo courtesy Slammer Cutter
Instagram: Slammer Cutter- slammer_
cutter, Shivan R- ragoonathshivan
Facebook: Slammer Cutter- Slammer
Cutter, Shivan R- Shivan Ragoonath
Twitter: Slammer Cutter- @Stephon-
"There is a remix in the
making, as we speak,
with a prominent soca
artiste," said Ragoonath,
"and it will be released
three days before
Chutney Soca Monarch
Semis on January 15."
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