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Friday, August 1, 2014 • Issue 151
After years of focusing on pop music, KMC
has jumped back into the soca fray with a
song that is whipping up a stir on the streets.
Thing, which he recorded at Ahtik Studios in
New York, pokes fun at radio DJs who, he
said, has been pulling him down over the
"That is what they had people doing to me...
they calling up my name but I never interfere
with them," he told Metro from New York.
In the song, KMC talks about JW and Blaze,
5Star Akil and Sunny Bling, all of who now
work at SLAM 100.5.
"There is a time for peace and war, them
fellas ask for war, they have to remember
them dealing with a man who come up in
clash days murdering dem with lyrics," he
KMC said over the years he has had suc-
cess, signing with Red One under Universal
Music and touring the world to promote his
pop songs yet his success has been ignored
Musician Theron Shaw has every reason
to smile these days as he gets ready to
launch his brand new CD, Gumbo Caribe,
on Saturday August 2 at Veni Mangé
Restaurant, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook.
The event kicks off at 7.00 pm.
The accomplished guitarist, well known in
Caribbean calypso jazz and fusion circles, re-
gards this latest offering as a compilation of
some of his best work to date.
With all songs arranged by Shaw himself,
Gumbo Caribe represents a collection of
originals and covers, which incorporate
rhythms from the French Caribbean and the
Americas, while exploring alternative inter-
pretations of traditional calypso.
Music lovers and listeners of a range of
genres will connect with a mix of styles and
influences such as mende, mazurka, a Brazil-
ian-textured partido alto, along with gener-
ously layered twists of calypso and folk
Of the nine tracks on Gumbo Caribe, five
are originals by Shaw, while notable among
the others are reprised versions of Mungal
Patasar's Dreadlocks and Smokey Joe - an
André Tanker composition vocalized by vet-
eran calypsonian Brother Valentino.
Ron Reid, Shaw's longtime friend and
Boston-based Berklee lecturer/ musician co-
produced the album with him, playing bass
and steel pans while he was at it. Also fea-
tured on the recording are foreign-based
drummer, Harvey Wirht, and Mina Yu, who
plays acoustic piano.
For this Saturday's launch and listening
party, Shaw has planned a light evening of
live solo and duo performances, where he
can meet and greet fans and well-wishers
and share insights into his remarkable
(though at times challenging) journey to
bringing Gumbo Caribe to the people of the
world. CDs will be available for purchase.
Gumbo Caribe, the CD launch and listen-
ing party takes place this Saturday Au-
gust 2 at Veni Mangé from 7pm to
9.30pm. The event is free and open to the
public. For more information, check The
Theron Shaw Project on Facebook or
Photo credit: Mark Lyndersay
"When I put up my success nobody
taking it on but when is bacchanal they
take it from A to Z. Is not a revenge
song but is to show you plain do so doh
like so," he said.
"I don't hate them, I just hate what
they do to me. Whoever call meh
name, I will deal with them."
KMC released the song on Friday
night and by Saturday it was the talk
all over the airwaves.
"The tune get big in 12 hours; I never
see that before in my life," he said.
Clarifying that he never said he was
done with soca but with Carnival, KMC
said there was a time he felt he would-
n't sing soca again because of the
treatment he got at home but soca is
"I don't know," he said, when asked if
he will doing anymore soca. He said is
Swedish producers JamTech loved
Thing, calling it the wickedest song
"I say is only Trinidadians like baccha-
nal but is everybody. I not trying to
sweat on it right now, I just leaving it
let it flow," he said, warning that the
live version has even more lyrics than
the recorded version.
Translation: more bashing.
KMC said he got the idea for the
song a few months ago when someone
told him DJ Satchi was playing all of his
old songs and when he heard the rid-
dim, he just kept writing. He said right
now he is learning the lyrics in prepara-
tion for live performances for which he
already getting requests.
He said already he has 17 dubplates
to cut for Jamaicans who love the
KMC is currently in New York pro-
moting his pop song Boombox.
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