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Global - In the inner circles of Soca music creation and production, the name Jovan James is well known, as he has singularly written, or co-written, hits for some of the biggest Soca stars in Caribbean. The list reads like a who’s who of heavy hitters - Machel, Kes, Destra, Peter Ram, 5Star Akil, Teddyson John, King Bubba - just to name a few.
From Machel Montano’s ‘Temperature’ to 5Star Akil’s ‘Different Me’ to 2018’s runaway hit ‘Sweet Fuh Days’ performed by Patrice Roberts - they’ve all come from the creative mind of Jovan James. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, panist and songwriter Jovan James speaks about his blockbusting success with producing popular Caribbean music for the party scene and adopted within the Panorama music genre.
I really love this guy's creations, the melodies pure and simple, rhythm pulcing and flowing, every one of his songs from 2016 to present day is pure platinum. Wishing you much more success in 2018 Jovan.
Great interview Jovan James. Congratulations. Your impact on Pan is being felt. Your song "Different Me" with Desperadoes may have saved Panorama. I'm sure Merrytones is very proud of you.
Merrytones how come you never told us you had such great talent come through your band?
From a historical perspective ‘Merrytones’ is a well-established Steelband Institution in the Diego Martin community, been a game changer in the PAN movement, a stepping stone for those who wanted to take the steelband forward with Kendall Lewis its musical director and regional rep along with Bryon Serrette “College-boy” the author of Pan Trinbago constitution. Brian now holds the ‘Trump’ card on the gangsters at PT headquarters, he’s a “Steve Bannon” with an alt-right agenda, the brain thrust behind the “Greens.” Merrytonestothebone keeping a low profile, credit is due under his LEADERSHIP.
Born in 1956, reborn in 1971, the Merry Tones Steel Orchestra has been witness to all the major developments in the steelband world. Musical Director: Kendal Lewis
Shadow + Merrytones = Tempo
Great info Odw. Yea, we really can't turn our back on "College Boy"
yeah man. than you for you music bro.