The rerun of Digicel Stars 2, Heat 2 last night (9:30pm on EMTV) was quite interesting and entertaining. Unfortunately, I think the first act; Madrigal Isles, really need to concentrate more in school.
The singing was great, no doubt about that. However, the interview that precluded the performance was not that great especially when the young lady defined the acronym R & B as Rap and Blues. I’m sorry young lady, but you really need a dictionary and if you have one – use it!
R & B stands for Rhythm and Blues and is derivation of jazz and electric blue combined with church music. The main indicators are the smooth jazzy music and choired singing. A great example is Boyz II Men. Rap, on the other hand is more aggressive with an emphasis on rhymes in time with a set tempo, usually fast. Examples of rappers are 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G, Eminem, etc., to name a few.
The kind judges of the show did not point this out to Madrigal so I’m going to. Firstly, know your music. Understanding something is the first step in conquering it or mastering it. If you are asked to sing in different styles then you’d definitely fail because you can’t tell the difference between them.
Secondly, and most importantly, learn as much as you can while in school and don’t get caught up in dreams of being a star. You have the potential but at the moment you are still struggling and if you don’t make it, you’ll have something to fall back on.
I hope this is post is seen in positive light and as constructive criticism. The mistake that was done is a common one. A lot of people do not know the different names for different styles of music and often get them confused. However, if you are going to be on national contest or television then it becomes imperative that you know. It also shows the judges that you know what you are talking about, and speaking of judges, I will be posting my thoughts on the judges soon.