Speaking Spanglish

Friday, December 20, 2013    

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DESPITE acquiring a Master's degree in business management and a Bachelor's degree in agronomic engineering, multi-lingual deejay Spanglish has his sights set firmly on a career in entertainment.

Having studied in the neighbouring Caribbean island of Cuba, Spanglish, whose real name is Anthony Dennis Reid, is fluent in Spanish and uses his knowledge of the language at random in some of his dancehall-flavoured songs with good effect.

"Music has always been around and I have been doing music for years even before I went to Cuba," the 32-year-old Spanglish told Splash.

Not content with his growing following in the wider Caribbean and Latin America, Spanglish was recently in Jamaica to gain more credibility in his homeland.

"Jamaica is the base. It is not about making money in Jamaica, it's about the recognition," he said.

Spanglish recorded his first single in 2005 in Bayamo Cuba with Reynier Records after travelling to that country and toying with being a disc jockey and a master of ceremonies.

The artiste has found a unique sound and vibe with his fusion of reggaeton, afro kizomba from Angola and reggae/dancehall.

The fusion come blaring through on the singles Back It Up and Preements on which he effortlessly segues from English to Spanish at intervals.

Since turning professional in 2011 and relocating to Suriname, he has recorded a number of singles and has done several collaborations with other English, Spanish and Dutch artistes including Yoni, Café Exclusive, Flow Cubano, Los Mestizos, Silent, No Space, and Lil Lisa.

He has gained a growing following in Suriname and has made live appearances in Guyana, Curacao, and Cuba.

Last year he topped the charts in Suriname with the catchy single Summer Rave.

"Suriname is home and the vibe is growing," he said.

Even though he realises that huge earning possibilities exist in the Spanish-speaking Latin and South American markets he has not sought to exploit them so far.

"I have no actual promotional plans in Spanish-speaking countries," said Spanglish, who produces most of his work.

His music is also growing in popularity in Europe, and Spanglish has signed a deal with the German record company Yawa.

Now back in Suriname after a stint in Jamaica, Spanglish will be travelling to Europe for a promotional stint.

"My music is being rotated in Holland and I am speaking to a few European promoters," he said.

-- Karyl Walker





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