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"I'm very optimistic of the future of our local
music. To some extent I've been observing that the
appetite for meaningless hype' music is diminishing
and there is a desire among the locals for music with
substance," says Jessie McBarrow, also known as
JWave, a singer/songwriter, poet and pianist who
made his T&T debut at the National Academy for
Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain, Friday night.
This 26-year-old, from Diamond Vale, Diego Mar-
tin, considers himself a natural writer.
"For as long is as I can remember I was writing
my own songs and rewriting popular songs that my
sister and I would sing in a hilarious way. My favourite
subject was creative writing in primary school and
I was among the top in class."
At a young age he showed artist talent and was
encouraged in school through being selected to sing
in primary school choir, and later on through his
introduction to playing musical instruments.
"At age 14 when I attended Diego Martin Govern-
ment Secondary, one of my late best friends, Duane
Pantin, introduced me to the piano. I was, surprisingly,
a natural at it and we would jam for hours after
school every day. The entire school compound would
hear us jamming some of the most popular songs of
JWave also plays a little guitar but says, "I never
took [music] seriously until 2006. I started to attend
the Apostles Ministries and at the time there were
no keyboardists there. I volunteered to serve as a
keyboardist and I have been there ever since."
His mission is one of love and he intends to use
his music as a catalyst for positive change.
"I named myself JWave as a symbol that something
different is coming---a wave of love and unity that
will open up the eyes of many and rebuild a culture
that God intended." He strongly believes that this
wave of change is one that will draw other artistes
together to spread the same message.
McBarrow is currently a final year student in the
artist diploma in music performance, a three-year
programme at Napa. McBarrow graduates at the end
of this year.
The JWave debut showcased McBarrow's talents
across several genres including classical, jazz, R&B,
reggae, funk, pop and more. "I play all types of music;
however, my style of composing is influenced by the
message that I want to convey. I love jazz music---
and, strangely, hip hop songs, the good ones."
Backing him on Friday was a lineup including gui-
tarist Aaron Lowchewtung, bassist Anton Constantine,
saxophonist Anthony Woodroffe, drummer Keeron
Archie, percussionist Mark Hospedalis, pan player
Mikhail Salcedo, and vocalists Iziah Kanhai and
Patrice Le Quey.
FIVE, BY REMBUNCTION
SPOTTED BY MARK LYNDERSAY
Roland "Remy" Yearwood posted Five to YouTube
on May 5 (http://ow.ly/kXrtn) and since then the
five-minute video has begun to attract buzz and no
shortage of chuckles. It's a little bit rapso, a little
bit kaiso, a little bit cartoon and truly cool fun. (NB:
The vid is not for children.)
For as long as he's been creating, Yearwood has
been flying undeservedly below the radar. His work
is engaging, creative and inventive and more than
anything else, funny.
Anyone who followed his weekly strip Reminabox
could see the germination of a clever, witty mind
and it shouldn't be surprising that one of his most
best-known works is the seasonal bit of hilarity,
Socks and Drawers, his take on the Christmas night-
mare waiting under the tree for every Trini man too
old for toys.
I can't stop humming the chorus of his latest
number, Five, which pulls together his animation,
composing and compositing skills and wraps them
around a warm funnybone.
"The inspiration for my songs and videos come
from life, my surroundings, the people and places
I've seen and been and random ideas and musings
that pop into my head," the artist now known as
He's collaborated with Santa's Daughter, Sparrow
and Isaac Blackman but Remy Yearwood is really at
his best when he looks at the craziness around him,
puts two and two and one together and distills it
into something that provokes a knowing smile.
Get more Rembunction here
(http://ow.ly/kXrFo) and read my interview with
him here (http://ow.ly/kXrI1).
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A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Field of Dreams: not corny at all, despite the cornfield
JWave makes a splash
Jessie McBarrow, also known as JWave.
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