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From chutney to soca
Nishard Mayrhoo, popularly
known as Nishard M, has again
stepped out from his comfort
zone, this time entering into the
His hit "iDey" carries with it the
catchy, groovy rhythm of Barbados.
It was written by Drea Musiq and
produced by fellow Barbadian music
genius DwayneGerous (keyboardist
for T&T's very own Soca King Machel
Nishard M's move to portray the true
essence of the Caribbean led him to
record the song in Barbados.
Since its release over a week ago,
"iDey" has already dominated the air-
waves with numerous requests from
"I released it online last Saturday
night (January 14) via social media and
it immediately took off. I have had very
good responses, given the fact that I
love and welcome criticisms.
"I have to be honest, I have only
gotten 100 per cent positiveness," the
29-year-old entertainer said during an
interview with the Sunday Guardian.
Mayrhoo said this year was the "right
timing" for him to take that brave step
forward into another genre of music,
one that he was always anxious to taste
"At the age of eight I started off my
singing career and was known for Bol-
lywood songs cover versions.
"In 2008, I started singing with 3Veni
(now known as KI the Band) and in
2015, I stepped out from that comfort
zone to chutney soca and now this year,
to soca," Mayrhoo said.
"This hit is all about vibes. Happi-
ness. It is a fun, free-spirited song that
anyone could imagine themselves in,"
Mayrhoo is expected to release more
soca hits later in the year, just in time
for the July/August school break.
Currently, he is putting a little more
focus on fine-tuning his first ever
chutney soca video for his 2017 chutney
soca hit Mr Take Yuh Gyal.
Some of the scenes that made the
video were the refreshing ocean Down
the Islands onboard a yacht to May-
rhoo's state-of-the-art studio at his
home in San Fernando. It is expected
to be released this week.
For the past three years, Mayrhoo
took part in the Chutney Soca Monarch
(CSM) with improvements from fifth
place in the first year to third position
in the second year, and copping second
place last year.
...Nishard M steps out of his comfort zone
This year would be his fourth
appearance on the CSM stage
and he would be vying for the
It is going to be another busy
year for Mayrhoo as he joins with
KI the Band and Neval Chatelal.
They are already booked for
some of Carnival's biggest fetes.
They will also be on tour to sev-
eral countries including Guyana,
London, United States, Canada,
Suriname, and Barbados tenta-
tively for the Crop Over festival.
Being employed for five years
at the T&T Electricity Commis-
sion, Mayrhoo decided to tender
his resignation to take that leap of
faith, entering the music industry
full-time, mainly because of his
However, it was not an easy de-
cision for him as his loved ones at
home were not fully supportive.
"No one in my family is any-
where close to being musically
"I was raised believing that mu-
sic cannot bring me any kind of
success but I proved all wrong. I
even made it to second place in the
CSM, winning $750,000, which I
used wisely through investments.
"My family is proud and I am
proud that I never gave up my
dream," Mayrhoo said.
Mayrhoo is moving full steam
ahead, penetrating the music
industry by trying out as much
genres of music as he could.
His aim is to reintroduce that
creativity that is now evidently
lacking in the chutney soca in-
Recently, there have been objec-
tions from members of the chut-
ney fraternity on the reusing of
Whilst he does not see it as
much of a problem to use these
melodies in songs, Mayrhoo said
it was being overdone.
"Using the Bollywood melo-
dies in odd instances, like once
in a while, is ok, but it's really
being overdone and this is where
creativity is lacking. Maybe some
artistes think if they gravitate to-
wards the use of these melodies
that they will gain ground in the
public's eyes, but we cannot allow
the industry to be a spin-off of
something else," Mayrhoo said.
"I was raised believing that music cannot
bring me any kind of success but I proved
all wrong. I even made it to second place in
the CSM, winning $750,000, which I used
wisely through investments. My family is
proud and I am proud that I never gave up
my dream," Mayrhoo (Nishard M) said.
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