Lu City hoping to make Ja connection

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Sunday, May 19, 2019

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In March, St Lucian duo Lu City released Starting Over, featuring Reekado Banks.

The song is a blend of dancehall and Afro beat, two genres which heavily influences the group.

“The collaboration with Reekado Banks all stemmed from our last song Sa Ka Fete which was an Afro-Caribbean crossover with a really unique sound. Reekado heard it and he loved it and so he reached out to our Manager Eliot Bailey and we sent him some of our music. The rest is history,” Ryie told the Jamaica Observer.

Jean Atem is the other member Lu City.

The duo's in-house producer, Delete, produced Starting Over. The song has been making an impact in St Lucia and this has seen the group venturing into new territories to capitalise on the success.

“The feedback has been great so far; seeing people singing the music you made in your room word for word is a dream and it's happening in front our eyes, so we are very grateful,” said Ryie.

Lu City was formed a year-and-a-half ago.

Said Jean: “We've been a group for about a year-and-a-half now. We got our start when we won a regional music competition hosted by Digicel. We definitely bring a different sound to the table. Our aim is to blend a true mainstream sound with our Caribbean culture and music. Calculation and versatility are also our strong points. We have a solid team and a solid vision, that part is so important.”

The members have resided in different cities in St Lucia, including Rodney Bay, Cap Estate and Micoud.

Although they haven't recorded with any Jamaican artistes or producers, the duo is optimistic that this will change soon.

Said Eliot Bailey, the group's manager: “Unfortunately we havent yet recorded for any producer or artiste out of Jamaica. We have a list of names that we would like to work with for sure. But, on the other hand, we have actually recorded music in Jamaica at Geejam Studio in Port Antonio. The music should be released within the next few months.”

Some of the duo's previous releases, include Let it Go, featuring Machel Montano; and Sa Ka Fete with Shontelle Layne. Their next single, Wet, is a dancehall song.

Said Ryie: “We are fans of music, and so we listen to all genres. Our biggest influences are dancehall, mainstream hip hop and rhythm and blues — so the music you will get from us is going to be a unique and natural bend. Afro beat music has recently caught our attention too and so we spice it up with a bit of that at times too.”


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