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JAMAICAN REGGAE/SOCA ARTIST SHAMRACQ, IS TAKING THE MUSIC TO MONTSERRAT!

 

 Shamracq—

JAMAICANS continue to make their mark wherever they go, and reggae-soca act Shamracq is making his name in the sister Caribbean isle of Montserrat.

The St Catherine-born artist, whose given name is Shamar Gowe, noted that from his early years he has always felt drawn to music.

“I was always involved in sports and creating lyrics for fun and exciting songs for any school project, party, wedding, and funeral ;for even in the saddest moment I still was able to cheer up everyone.”

Just a year ago Shamracq went to visit his aunt in Montserrat. During that time the country was preparing for their annual festival celebrations. He was encouraged by a friend to enter the calypso competition.

He took the opportunity to showcase his talent without knowing much about Calypso. Despite being eliminated in the first round, he still had hope and felt good about his performance.

He used the experience gained in the competition for good and subsequently released Come Wine Up Pon Mi, which he told Splash has received quite a bit of airplay in the eastern Caribbean as well as sections of North America.

“My most popular tracks are a fusion of calypso/soca with dancehall. Living in the eastern Caribbean, where those genres are more popular, that was a move I had to undertake to gain the exposure, which has worked for me. This has led me to voicing the jingle for the annual festival in Montserrat, as well as a campaign song for the newly formed Government.

Although he is now enjoying popularity with calypso and soca, Shamracq is still a Jamaican at heart. As such, deejays Beenie Man and the incarcerated Vybz Kartel are the acts he looks up to for their longevity and creativity.

He adds that he still has respect for other acts such as Assassin, Bugle, and I-Wayne.

Asked where he desires to take his music, he replied: “There no limit to my music. I am ready to take on world, go anywhere it wants to take me,” he stated.

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