Archive for October 20th, 2013

Local musicians take ‘BoBo’ to a new level

Local musicians take ‘BoBo’ to a new level

| 20/10/2013 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Against a backdrop of complaints that there is not enough exposure for locally written and produced music, two Caymanian musicians are about to test that theory with the release of a track that they believe will be irresistible to the local community. And they might just be right. Their new single, "Not today BoBo" has an exceptionally good chance of stealing the hearts, minds and more importantly the ears of Cayman as the song combines a great melody with a 'G' rated rap and one of Cayman's best known catch phrases, which they are convinced will make local DJs sit up and take note.

When Randy Chollette and Kingsley Donalds teamed up with the Zig-Zag Tribe in West Bay, they produced a song that, once it gets the air play it deserves, could change the whole picture of true local music. A combination of rap, hip-hop and country music, the single is a uniquely Caymanian piece of work.

"Not today BoBo" is not just reminiscent of the phrase that was immortalized by Charles Ebanks, Edward Azan and Ray MacGuire after they heroically foiled a robbery at a local liquor store, but once again, at a time of rising crime, social unrest and many challenges for Caymanians, Chollette, who is responsible for the lyrics, points to the upbeat and positive message the song delivers.

"I wanted it to reflect the local culture so the older generation could understand what I am saying, but at the same time it is fresh and interesting so I think young people will appreciate it. While it is about us, I think everyone living and even visiting here will enjoy it. People listen to the same old, same old but this is about our own reality," said Chollette, who is known locally much more for his art work rather than his hidden skills as a musician.

Donalds, who is Chollette’s cousin, is a seasoned musician and singer–songwriter and responsible for writing the music, said that Caymanians don't always appreciate their own expressive personalities and comic perception.

"This rap has nothing about 'ho's' or guns. It’s about our culture and it reflects the things that Caymanians will understand but visitors and others will find engaging and entertaining,” he said. "We are talking to our people about what’s going on here, what we feel and the things we have to contend with. But at the same time it’s about looking for the good stuff that all of humankind can relate to."

The song, which opens with an unforgettable hook, starts in earnest with Munsie’s boat in the sound and goes off on its own Caymanian journey, which is funny, poignant and relevant, but also incredibly catchy. The hook is easy to relate to and Chollette's rap is certainly family entertainment.

It was conceived in one of the most Caymanian environments possible — around a fire during a traditional Easter camp in Breakers this year. Eventually, however, it made its way to a studio in West Bay, where it matured into a well-polished and produced track with the help of Marlon Miller, Patrick Lopez, Matthew Lewis and Aundre Ebanks.

Chollette said that it simply grew and grew but once he and Donalds got into the studio they knew they had something.

"While it began life around the camp fire, the lyrics seemed to grow organically. We knew we had a message and in the end a great song," he said. "All we want is for people to hear it and we hope the radio stations will play it."

Chollette said this song was refreshing and expressive of their own culture and, "It’s just good music that don't sound like nothing else."

Donalds said that he was convinced that once people, especially Caymanians, hear this song they are going to embrace it.

"It’s interesting still,” he said laughing, "and Randy's lyrics are incredible. I think the song speaks to people here. It’s a good song. I feel so and I am proud to have worked on it. I know we have captured a mood. It’s the real deal," he added.

Given that local music always seems to take a back seat to everything from everywhere else, there is something different about 'Not today BoBo'. There is no doubt that the music, lyrics and production are all exceptionally good and the song can stand on that alone, but above all the song is most definitely 'Caymankind', which may see it finding a place in local musical history.

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Three people hurt in early morning smash

Three people hurt in early morning smash

| 20/10/2013 | 1 Comment

(CNS) Updated: Police have reported that three people were taken to hospital early Saturday morning following a major George Town crash involving two cars, including a man who was thrown from his car. The collision occurred about 2am on Shamrock Road near Rankin’s Jerk Chicken stand. A Honda Accord driven by an unaccompanied 25-year-old female travelling towards Bodden Town was hit by a Honda Stream driven by a 30-year-old male, who was travelling on the same road but in the opposite direction apparently at high speed. The driver of the Honda Stream seems to have swerved into the path of the Honda Accord and the right sides of both vehicles collided, causing extensive damages to the front ends of both vehicles.

As a result of the impact of both vehicles, the driver of the Honda Stream was ejected from the car onto the road about thirty yards away and the feet of his 37-year-old front-seat female passenger were trapped in the vehicle. Police, the Emergency Medical Team and the Fire Service personnel attended the scene and were able to cut the passenger free.

The driver of the Honda Accord sustained minor scratches to her arms and legs. She was transported to the George Town hospital by ambulance, where she was treated and discharged.

The driver of the Honda Stream sustained head injuries and his female passenger sustained leg and internal injuries. Both are at the George Town hospital, where the male driver remains in critical condition, while the woman has undergone surgery andis now in a stable condition.

The road was initially blocked to traffic in both directions, causing significant delays, but around 9am this morning police said that the road had reopened.

“The RCIPS would like to apologize to the motorists who were inconvenienced and delayed and for their patience in allowing the investigators to carry out their investigations,” a spokesperson stated.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or who has information about it is asked to contact the investigating officer, PC 244 Brian Jameson at 949-4222.

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Third Malaysian arrested by financial crime cops

Third Malaysian arrested by financial crime cops

| 20/10/2013 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The police say that it is too early to confirm if the arrest of a Malaysian national in George Town yesterday is connected to the arrests earlier this month of two other men from the same country in a jewel and credit card fraud. An RCIPS spokesperson stated that officers from the Financial Crime Unit arrested the 37-year-old Malaysian man on Saturday afternoon. The arrest followed information received that the man had attempted to obtain high value goods from a number of retail premises in the centre of George Town. Following observations in the Harbour Drive area, he was detained after a short foot chase.

The police did not say exactly what he was arrested for or how he had attempted to acquire jewellery or other expensive goods. The man is currently in custody at George Town Police station.

Inquiries are on-going and a further statement and update will be released on Monday.

Two other men from Malaysia were arrested on 5 October and a large number of credit cards and jewellery valued at around US $200,000 were recovered by police.

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