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The Royal boys

Monday, February 20, 2012


Royalty is often used to describe individuals of prestigious rank or blood lineage and for Kadeem Graham, 21, and Jevon Brown, 20, the title of Royal Boys fits them perfectly. They are both cousins and are ready to take on the challenges of the Soca music industry. Having attended the same secondary school, Queen’s Royal College, they have bonded closely and are ready to mesh together their creativity to bring something new to the competitive arena of local music. “(The band) Royal Boys brings music that is classy, fun and positive”, said Brown. He related the concept of a Royal Kingdom to gieMAGAZINE, explaining their goal of achieving the finer things in life. The Royal Boys have already performed at the new Nuvoserra lounge on Ariapita Avenue, Woodford Square, Excellent Mall and even alongside one of 3 Canal’s productions for the Carnival season. The boys have also done a lot of work promoting themselves on the airways with interviews held on popular radio stations. Apart from delving themselves into their music every chance they get, they still do have other responsibilities. Brown is a young entrepreneur in urban technology and Graham is pursuing a degree in Computer Science. They are both quite athletic with Graham and Brown being well known in the athletics arena, particularly in track and field. They both represented their previous school in Pennsylvania for an international competitive meet. Their specialties are in relay with both of them taking separate legs along the track. Graham also specialises in sprint events. 
Brown describes his cousin as energetic, whereas Graham describes his musical partner as persistent. Together they form a royal force to be reckoned with. One of their major goals is to live a life that every young person would dream of; the luxury of travelling at one’s will, buying the things that they always wanted as well as giving charity to help people as much as they can. So what piece of advice received keeps them going? Posed with this question Brown related that it came from a city corporation worker who was sweeping the streets of Port-of-Spain. “One day when we were feeling quite down the worker spotted us and said to us ‘Take your time African boy, because the man above would respect you!’” According to the Royal Boys, this is the advice that they intend to uphold throughout their musical career. “Taking your time is important” Brown stressed. Brown and Graham like many other young artistes in the Soca industry express the need for airplay and exposure. Brown admitted that they have been getting a bit more airplay as compared to many other new Soca artistes and are extremely grateful for the four interviews they landed on the airwaves. However, they stressed that the playing of songs from new artistes on the Soca scene should be more frequent.  Currently, the Royal Boys are managed by Andrina Bricino, the editor of “Tntaris” a bilingual magazine. The boys expressed the necessity of having a manager saying that “Sometimes entering a fierce musical industry can be very difficult on your own, and thus help is needed”. Who do they admire? The Royal Boys look up to Shurwayne Winchester and Fay Ann Lyons. They admire Shurwayne’s humble nature and the help he offers to many youths. With respect to Lyons, they admire her persistence and they are both expecting her to cop the Road March title this year with her composition ‘Miss Behave.’ So what advice would these youths like to give to other youths who are interested in breaking out in the musical industry? “You need to prove yourself as a young artist. Remember that things may get difficult, but it is important to never give up!” 



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