Reigning Groovy Monarch, Shondel ‘Dash’ Amada intends to be on the stage for Spicemas 2017 to defend his title at the National Stadium at Queen’s Park on Fantastic Friday (August 11).
“I don’t want them (the general public) to get the word wrong, defend means, defending your thing and standing up for what you know,” the Digicel Ambassador told THE NEW TODAY in an exclusive interview last week Friday.
Dash is featured in a song called ‘Having a time,’ one of the new releases from Trinidadian-born Shirlan ‘Skinny Banton’ George,’ who currently resides on the sister isle of Carriacou.
The groovy monarch has also released two new singles for 2017, entitled ‘Turn up the rhythm’ and Hit after hit,’ which has been taking the airwaves by storm.
Commenting on ‘Hit after hit,’ which has been creating quite a buzz since its release in February, Dash expressed “thanks to the Almighty Father and all fans and the supporters and the doubters too because they too (the doubters) that really brought that song about.”
Dash spoke of an incident sometime ago at a popular bar in St. George’s, where “some guys” approached him saying that he “could never, ever again make another hit like ‘No Company,’” which won him the national Groovy Monarch title last year.
Amazed at the “negative comments” after only his first year in competition on the big stage, the 26-year-old told this newspaper that the negative remarks motivated him even more to write music that people can enjoy and also to bring across a message.
“…I want when it (the song) reach out there it is pleasing to each and everybody ear”, he said.
Dash who has been attached to the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) Musical Band for the last four years, is confident about his music.
“Everyone may (not) like it (his music), but at the end of the day, when the message comes across and you sit down and you understand it, you have no choice but to give into it because it’s good music, it’s a vibes”, he said.
“You should have a message in the music anytime you decide to pen, no matter what,” added Dash, who holds the view that music is about “portraying what you feel, because when you writing, it’s what you feel”.
Born into a family of musicians, the La Borie, St. George’s resident discovered his love for the artform at a very young age.
He got more serious into music after completing his high school education.
“When I left school I started writing…it was just up to me finding myself, my comfort zone”, he explained.
In 2013, Dash was involved with a group called, ‘For My Team Personally/Permanently (FMTP)’, which entered the Soca Monarch competition.
He said: “We didn’t make it into the Semifinals. In 2015, I went for myself with a song called, ‘Start to wave’ and made it to the semi-finals…unfortunately I didn’t make it…
“…In 2016 … (I made it to) the Soca Monarch finals, (I am the¬) Groovy monarch 2016. And in 2017, I am coming to defend my title,” declared Dash, who also disclosed plans to enter the national Calypso Competition this year.
The entertainer also has a lot going for him on the international scene with upcoming bookings for shows in New York, Canada and England in the coming weeks and months.