Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 19th 2017 Contents ied what the song writer said that
the song would not make it, that
played on my mind.
Then I went on a tour in Novem-
ber with Crazy and I told him about
the situation and he told me about
a fella named Tempo living Mor-
vant. I went down there and I asked
him what he thought about the
song. So he wrote something for
me, I took his lines, and I took my
lines and I switched up everything
and I made up three verses. Then I
went down by Raymond
(Ramnarine) and them
and I told them we had
"Devanand," we had
one for you, and
it all hap-
You said since
2004 your musical
career has not dipped.
What do you attribute to your
One of my successes in the
music comes from honouring my
parents and going to my temple. I
really pray hard and God has truly
blessed me. Last year, he blessed
me with "Balkissoon" and now
he has blessed me with "Ramsi-
ngh." Honouring your parents and
honouring God are roots to be suc-
cessful. It is easy, it is simple, it is
all written in the scriptures since
One of the issues that sur-
rounded the Chutney Soca
Monarch is the fact that there
was no female representation
in the finals two years in a
row. What advice would you
have to female chutney soca
Well, there are not much females
in the business. There are only a
few and my advice to them is to
keep working hard, try and come
up with songs, watch what is go-
ing on in the country and write
something that you think could
hit the market. People are saying
that there were no females in the
finals but if you do not have a big
song, then how can you make it?
They are picking the best ten songs
and in my view, they were the ten
best songs in the final.
So what is the next step for
Right now, I'm just turning
with joy, my goal is to represent
T&T at the highest level. I love
soca, I love chutney music. I feel
like 2016 was mine and that 2017
will be mine also. My thing is to
keep the flag flying high for T&T.
I will be performing in Machel
Monday and that is probably the
biggest stage locally, so that says
it all. But this year has been truly
amazing. I went Ladies' Night Out
and if you heard how those people
chanted "Balkissoon" and "Rams-
ingh." When I watched back the
video I cried looking at how the
crowd was chanting the songs.
It was amazing. And then in the
Chutney Soca Monarch from the
time they announced my name the
crowd just went wild too.
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"Call me RamKING Sharma,"
Omardath Maraj, a joint winner of
this year's Chutney Soca Monarch,
jokingly said as our interview was
about to begin.
His Whatsapp picture also pro-
claimed the name change.
The name "RamKING Sharma" is
a play on the name of the song that
helped Maraj claim his first-ever Chut-
ney Soca Monarch title.
Maraj's song "Ramsingh Sharma" is
arguably one of the most popular songs
in T&T for this Carnival season.
Earlier this week, the Sunday Guard-
ian sat down with Maraj to discuss his
Q: How did you get involved in
A: My dad had a little group and I
started off with them. I started off play-
ing the harmonium and branched off
into drumming. We used to lime and
sing and beat tables and all kinda thing
and the talent picked up from there. I
used to play harmonium and sing, so
this guy invited me to a wedding in St
Helena and I went down with my or-
gan and he organised a drummer and a
guy to play the dhantal and we mashed
up the cooking. I used to play Anand
Yankaran's "Nanda Baba" and, well,
anything you doing you have to sing
the latest songs because that is what
people want, so I also used to do (Xta-
tik's) "Music Farm" and "Footsteps"
and other socas with the organ and
we used to mash up the place.
The first gig I got I was paid $100, and
then I worked for three to six months
doing weddings. Then the payment
increased from $100 to $150 to $200
and so it climbed the ladder. We real
sacrificed, we real drag the road. I re-
member waiting at Arouca Junction
after an event and putting the organ
on top the pavement and waiting for a
taxi until six in the morning and the sun
rising when I reach home. And as we
started to get more popular, we started
to do more weddings and then in 2004,
I decided to do my first album which
was "Ring Bang Chutney" and that is
when I sang "Ring Bang Ring Bang" and
I have not looked back since.
Looking back at how it all began
and now becoming Chutney Soca
Monarch, how does it all feel?
It feels amazing to accomplish this.
Since "Ring Bang" I have never really
had a dip, my career just seems to be
going up and up, I have been able to
bring out songs every year and people
have been loving the music. The songs
have always been on par and the name
Spread Pal Crew has become a house-
hold name. Of course, 2017 has been
my best year so far in the music. In less
than a month, "Ramsingh Sharma" has
blown up so big that I think it could be
one of the number one songs ever in the
chutney arena, and the response I have
gotten from the crowds has been amaz-
ing. It is a really great feeling to have
been able to accomplish something like
this. To win and all was amazing.
What inspired the creation of
I was coming back from a wedding in
South in the wee hours of the morning
around 3 am and I dropped out every-
body and I was passing by Grand Bazaar
and this song just came into my head, I
started to sing "Ramsingh Sharma, the
wetman from San Juan, he have them
girls and they give him ganga channa."
And I twisted it around and I called a
song writer and he said that song was
not good, that it would not make.
And then I continued playing with
it. I took it to the studio where we do
dubplates but the fellas there could not
come up with anything. And I stud-
performing at Chutney
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Call me RamKING Sharma
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