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Duo ready to take on the music

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Up-and-coming artistes Andon and OpenSoul recently teamed up to record the single Give It To You which was released on the Artekal label over the summer to several streaming and digital platforms. The pop-reggae-flavoured single is said to be doing well in several international markets.

“The feedback has been incredible so far, especially in the Caribbean and Europe. That is why we went ahead and released a music video which is really doing well on YouTube, and on cable TV. We are getting a lot of feedback and comments from the public,” Andon, whose real name is Brandon Chin, explained.

Andon, who was raised in Maryland, St Andrew, has a day job singing for vacationers in Negril, Jamaica. He taught himself to play the guitar and has written numerous unreleased songs. He got his first big break last year when he became a contestant on the local televised talent show Digicel Rising Stars.

“I got my break in 2018 when I got onto the TV show officially and made it all the way to an overall sixth-place finish out of hundreds of people who had auditioned. That experience proved that I could do it and it gave me a hunger to be my most authentic creative self,” he said.

Andon's musical partner Opensoul is a singer, songwriter, and actor who also lives in Negril. He has achieved some success as he scored a major feature in the Netflix reboot of Top Boy when he landed the role of Donovan, the lead character's cousin.

“The Netflix feature opened up many doors for me. I am a prolific writer of songs. It's a form of personal expression that is cathartic and deeply personal to me, and I hope that the single does well internationally,” Opensoul, whose real name is Kimo Armstrong, said.

“We will be doing more collaborations in the future. We are equal partners, sort of like a modern day Chaka Demus and Pliers, and people are loving the new sound,” he said.


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