The year 2020 was a turning point for many due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was a time of change, too, for up-and-coming artiste Tripple Ogee who converted from doing hard-core dancehall to the gospel variety of the genre.
The 41-year-old artiste, given name Baltero Satchell, said that he has been making the promise to God to start doing gospel music but would always revert to an ungodly lifestyle after a few weeks.
“It was a choice I have been promising God. But, whenever I got through whatever situation I was going through I would make good on the promise and then I would fall off track,” Tripple Ogee told OBSERVER ONLINE.
He disclosed that his turning point came when his mother passed in 2017 and he realised that his behaviour was changing. He then started to focus more on the spiritual aspect of life. The artiste added that he was also going through a period of difficulty when he decided it was time to turn to God.
“Even before that, (making the decision to do gospel) I found that I stopped smoking, the partying I didn’t feel comfortable with it anymore. Now I am a born-again Christian and I went into church in 2020,” Tripple Ogee explained.
The artiste’s journey in the music industry started over 20 years ago as he told OBSERVER ONLINE that he started rapping in 1998 but switched to dancehall when he heard his friends deejaying.
“I would hear my friends deejaying and I said that I needed to start doing it too. In about 2005 I started taking the dancehall thing serious,” Tripple Ogee said.
“Because I would come with different styles and metaphors, people used to love the music. Because I have the rap side, and rappers think different so me used to incorporate rapping with dancehall and come with something unique,” he added.
He stated that it came as no surprise when he converted to dancehall gospel music as his gift of writing music came from God during a time when he was considering what steps to take after his athletics dream died at the age of 18.
“I used to do track-and-field but my knee got messed up and I couldn’t run anymore, and I couldn’t play basketball anymore. I started to ask God what talent I have because me need something and by the next day I just start to write music. Me couldn’t even stop, I had to put it under the bed,” Tripple Ogee testified.
The artiste told OBSERVER ONLINE that since converting to dancehall gospel his music has been doing very well, something he attributes to God.
“Since converting, it is actually going well because God is good. I have performed on a couple shows and I am back in the studio full time. Surprisingly, people have been reacting very well to my music, I have a good fan base and I got that quicker than when I was doing hardcore dancehall,” Tripple Ogee disclosed.
When asked what his fans can expect since his switch to dancehall gospel, the artiste said: “Right now I have a track on the radio, it’s called ‘God A My Real G’. I shot the video for it and that is out now as well. I have a new single called ‘Big Man Nuffi Cry’ and I have a couple more singles out as well and I have videos for those coming out too.”
The artiste said these songs can be found on all streaming platforms and on YouTube.