Calypsonian Crazy (Edwin Ayoung) is sharing an important message with a recent soca release titled “Wear Yuh Mask”. The song, which encourages people to follow safety measures during the pandemic through wearing masks, is also a platform to spotlight new and upcoming talent.
The song was written by a group of talented youths called Vibrant and produced by first time producer, Allan Bhagan. Vibrant member, Keston James wrote the lyrics and Daniel John (Dan E Dan), Lewis Rowans (Tempo) and Crystal Defour (Akeisha) also worked on the song.
Bhagan, who is also the owner of the Oasis and Laughing Monkey Bar and Lounge said the song was written before the wearing of masks became mandatory by law.
He said while the song became popular among West Indians in the United States, he is hoping that it gets its just due at home. “This is the first song I have ever produced. I worked on it because I felt that it was important. The song has little commercial value but it has a strong message. An online radio station in Los Angeles picked up the song and since then it has gone live in 243 countries.
“Trinidadians are so talented. We are such a talented society but things are hard for many of us and because of this our talent becomes suppressed and it is hard to get our talent out. I am trying to help in that aspect and so is calypsonian Crazy. Crazy is working with a lot of young talented people to help them bring out our music. We work with a lot of youths called “Ayoung and Vibrant”. The song was also produced and mastered by Leston Paul.
It’s hard to see all this good talent go to waste. It is also very hard to get played on local stations because the big names really take up all the play time and I am seeing this first hand.
Crazy said he is happy with the outcome of the song and joked that he should be given the job as Minister of Youth Affairs because of his relationship with youth. “These guys are talented. I am like their mentor. They came to me to assist them with the song. They are a group of talented youths who call themselves Vibrant. I always have a lot of youths around me. I am the minister of youth affairs. As long as youths want to do something constructive, I am always willing to support them. They came with their new school style and I added the old school style to season it up. It is about togetherness and coming together for the art form. Keston James did a bit of rap and the song came out great,” Crazy said. A video for the “Wear Yuh Mask” can be viewed on YouTube.