Dale “Dalee B” Best has an axe to grind for Crop Over 2017.
His single Beat It Up, done at Uprising Studio/Scenes Entourage, is centred on the traditional Foreday Morning concept . . . something the singer doesn’t believe the average Barbadian fully understands.
The song was released a month ago and the music video followed two weeks ago,” he told WEEKEND BUZZ in a recent interview.
A quick check on YouTube revealed the video has had over 1 400 views to date. The song has also been released in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The former Electrik singer is wondering if the video may have left a sour taste in some people’s mouths.
“I am expecting some backlash for the way we did the music video. Considering it was shot in a graveyard, I’m thinking some people may speak out against the fact that we’re gyrating on graves,” he said.
“Some people may be thinking what kind of devilish thing that is, but this is what true Foreday Morning, j’ouvert, jab jab is all about; where the spirits and duppies tend to roam and come out at those hours. Some people just don’t understand the depths of it all.”
He said the focus now is getting the song into heavy rotation.
“I haven’t really been hearing it because the Bashment Soca songs seem to have all the radio stations locked. I also haven’t had any live performances, but I’m hoping to do some stuff shortly,” he said.
While Dalee B said he did not want to jump to any conclusions, he said he believed the more popular artistes are the ones getting all the hype on air.
“In the beginning, I was told because the song was a power soca song it wouldn’t get much play on the radio, but I am hearing other power soca songs on the stations,” he said.
“People have said to me that I might have to go to the station to release the song and have an interview, but if there are 100 power soca songs, all those artistes will not make it for an interview. I wasn’t away from music for so long that people can’t remember who Dalee B is.”
“I think it may be a case of the more popular artistes getting more forward. I feel it’s either the track wasn’t listened to in its entirety and fully scrutinised, or it was listened to but not uploaded for rotation. My track is good quality, the vocals are great and the quality is good. To be honest, I’ve heard some tracks on the radio that aren’t as good.,
However, he is not about to let this hiccup deter him from his first love. (RA)