Will the 2019 soca hit, Famalay by Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin win the Trinidad and Tobago road march competition? Or will it be some other road march contender? People are also talking about Iwer George, Kes and Superblue, among others. What do you think?
Needless to say, Famalay right now is arguably the biggest song for 2019 Trinidad and Tobago carnival. This song, as Skinny Fabulous, its main writer admits, took off right away. According to the songwriter and artiste on the track, most songs in his experience take time to grow, but not Famalay. Famalay (Family) was an instant hit. He wasn't expecting it to be that big so quickly. I guess, this speaks of the greatness in this song.
Listen to Famalay by Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin (Family)
The song, according to Skinny Fabulous was originally supposed to be sang by himself only, but after putting down the vocals, he felt that a song like this needed other artistes on it and this was when he linked up with Machel Montano, and then Bunji Garlin who wrote his own lines.
But it all started when Vincentian, Skinny was going through various riddims and stumbled upon the one in the now hit song, Famalay, produced by Krishna "Dada" Lawrence from Cotton Groove Studio, Dominica. The riddim had been sent to Skinny by International Stephen. Right away, he felt good vibes in the riddim, liked it and thought that it was one he could work with. The "famalaylaylaylaylay" line came to him on his way to studio and he at first thought that it sounded rather Juvenile. I guess, that's not a bad thing at all. It is often said that if children can relate to your song, sing and dance to it, you've got yourself a hit.
Well, right now, this monster hit, Famalay which is slang for "family", is totally destroying Trinidad and Tobago, the rest of the Caribbean and the world, by extension, especially the soca world. It is a favorite to win the road march competition and is quite eligible since there are two Trinidad and Tobago artistes on it, forming the majority of the vocals in the song.
I am very happy for the main producer of the song, Dada from Dominica, this being a major break for him, working with the biggest names in soca.
Famalay was produced by Dada Lawrence and International Stephen, mastered by Scratch Master and written by Gamal ‘Skinny Fabulous’ Doyle, Machel Montano and Ian Alvarez.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this project and all the best.
Is this your favourite for the road? What do you think about the song? One love!
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