Bring­ing the Stars to Earth — Part 2


Who was Edwin Year­wood the kid?

In one word…shy! I always loved sign­ing but many times I would just go and hide behind the drum set and sing. Taken from VP records

How did your career kickstart?

I would say when I was 14 and won the Teen Tal­ent Com­pe­ti­tion in 1983. Taken from VP records

What was the win­ning song?

You are Every­thing To Me by Billy Pre­ston. The audi­ence was almost spell-​bound by the per­for­mance and that was a pretty sur­real expe­ri­ence to be able to move peo­ple like that. Taken from VP records

So we know that you achieved a feat that has yet to be matched by any­one: Calypso Monarch, Party Monarch and Tune of the Crop Monarch Titles all in 1995 on your very first appear­ances in the com­pe­ti­tions. But it was what hap­pened next that was inter­est­ing. Tell us about that.

The year after I won those three titles I was awarded the keys to the city of Boston by the Mayor’s office. Then in 1997 Trinidad awarded me the Best Song Title when I per­formed All Aboard by Sur­face. It was pretty amaz­ing to win an award like that just by cov­er­ing some­one else’s song. Taken from VP records

On a per­sonal level, what has been one of your great­est achievements?

Def­i­nitely win­ning the World Soca Monarch Title in 1998. This was spe­cial for me because it wasn’t just a local or regional com­pe­ti­tion but I had to com­pete against the best in the world. Also being the first soca artiste to be signed by VP Records.Taken from VP records

How would you describe your­self as an entertainer?

Sexy [Laughs]. But in all seri­ous­ness I would say charis­matic. It’s not about cock­i­ness or arro­gance but when all you have to say is [sings tune] “Oh gawsh” and gets the crowd going it shows that there’s some­thing about you that cap­tures peo­ple and that goes beyond tal­ent. Taken from afromon​treal​.com

What would you say is your great­est asset as a singer?

I would say the abil­ity I have to com­mu­ni­cate music from my soul and being able to use that abil­ity to reach my audi­ence. And I think that is some­thing that was reflected most when I won the Teen Tal­ent when I was 14. It is some­thing that I’ve always tried to har­ness and tap into since then.Taken from afromon​treal​.com


Jan­u­ary 1st 2015 was a very spe­cial date for you.

Yes it was. That marked 25 years of Kros­fyah and that is a dream come true. Many peo­ple hop from band to band. But I looked at Michael Jor­dan and saw how he stuck with one bas­ket­ball team for his entire career. So I wanted to stay with Kros­fyah and see how far it could go.Taken from Bar­ba­dos Today

What was your most mem­o­rable moment with Krosfyah?

That’s a tough one because there have been so many. But I guess if I had to choose it would be in 1992 when we were rehears­ing for a fes­ti­val. After rehearsals, I remem­bered I for­got some­thing on the stage. “When I went for it, peo­ple were already gath­er­ing inside the venue for the show. When I took it up, I heard a loud scream and I couldn’t under­stand what was going on. I started look­ing around to see if some­thing had hap­pen. I ran off the stage, just in case some­thing did hap­pen. When I went back out again to col­lect what I went for they screamed again. Then I started to real­ize they were scream­ing for me. So it felt good –– after some­one had told me that I would never be suc­cess­ful in music. Those screams were for me.”Taken from Bar­ba­dos Today

Tell us a bit about how the band has evolved over the years.

That’s some­thing that has been espe­cially sat­is­fy­ing. We began sim­ply by singing at var­i­ous hotels and singing cov­ers of pop­u­lar songs espe­cially for the tourists. From there, the band has evolved a great deal where we tour the world and sing our own songs for dig­ni­taries such as Louis Far­rakhan and Nel­son Man­dela. It has been truly amaz­ing to see some­thing grow from so small scale to such an inter­na­tional and global scale.Taken from kros​fyah​.net and last​.fm

What has it been like lead­ing Kros­fyah and Man­ag­ing your own solo career?

For me they go hand in hand so it’s no real chal­lenge. After the triple feat in 1995, Kros­fyah was pro­pelled to another level and it made soca music pop­u­lar among the youth. Then I have been able to release my own solo album The Good and Badd in Me simul­ta­ne­ously with Krosfyah’s the Best of Kros­fyah. So to me my solo career and my career with Kros­fyah go hand in hand.Taken from kros​fyah​.net and last​.fm

© Arti­cal of Caribbean Dreams Mag­a­zine
© Photo 1 frpm arti​cle​.wn​.com
© Photo 2 from ulu​ni​ver​sal​.com​.co

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