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|Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:09 pm Post subject: GERALD KEBREAU'S NEXT HMI STAR PICKS
JAZZY "G" as he is known, not only has been T-Vice's long time bass player, he is also known and well respected in the business for his craft/musical chops. Gerald also plays with non-HMI bands sometimes when he has a break from TVice. A solid veteran whose earned his respect in the game.
GERALD KEBREAU'S "NEXT HMI STAR" Picks are.....
GERALD KEBREAU: Hey Pat,
Here are my picks in order of best to 3rd. Please see comments for each pick.
Fabrice Fombrun "Jou ma meritel" (20 Points)
Melodi "Sa fem mal" (15 Points)
Detay "Assure m' (10 Points)"
I think Fabrice Fombrun has a solid and strong voice. What impressed me the most was his ability to sing the song well, and put a unique style to it without overdoing it. I was also impressed with the arrangements on the song itself although I admit its not your "typical kompa" song. Having said that, I think if he is put in a kompa/new generation setting he will do very well vocally.
I had a bit of a difficult time choosing numbers 2 and 3 because I thought they were both very original and different kompa styles and I liked them both. What won me over with Melodi were 3 things: 1 I love the lead and background vocals, 2 as a bass player myself, I was very impressed with the skill level of the bass track on that particular song, and 3 its interesting how they showed musicianship in their ability to make the first half danceable and easy to listen to then turn the second half into a very commercial song while keeping everything steady. With the right producer/promoter, these guys could be real players in the HMI.
Detay came in third for me because when I compared the arrangements to Melodi's song, I felt like certain parts were empty. However, they still get my vote because I love me some hard kompa. The second half of that song screams kompa licks, "gouyad", and the potential for "nasty" grooves making people scream. They remind me of System Band at their peek, as well as Nu Look. They need to pay a bit more attention to how they approach the industry and also be versatile as this business now requires a bit of that.
I would also like to make comments about 2 other artists that really caught my attention. The first is Sarah Jane Rameau "The miss u song". I think vocally she was the best of them also. But she did not get my vote because she sang an R&B song and I didn't think it was fair to add her to the mix. Having said that, I hope this girl gets the appropriate surrounding because her singing skills on this recording blew the roof. I wish her lots of luck and given the opportunity, would love to work with her.
The other artist is Tigger One "Lespri nou". I have never been big on Rap and hip hop, but when I hear something that makes my head bop, it's gotta be good. I'm no guru on the matter but I liked the flow, the beat works for me a lot, and most impressively, in both french and english I understood EVERYTHING! Great message and it's too bad I can't give a 4th vote because Tigger One would have it.
7 MORE HMI JUDGES TO GO!
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