Jamaican based, Trinidadian artist, Khalfani who became known after he collaborated with Mikey General on the remix of “Ms Taylor Bwoy” has made a startling change to his image and sound. When asked what the reason for the transformation was, Khalfani wrote the following.
TRINI STATE OF MIND:
For the most part my state of mind remains unchanged and as for my transformation, it is primarily of a physical nature. Yes I appear different to the naked eye, but for those who have truly come to know Khalfani, I am sure my appearance is of little significance.
Living in Jamaica has been a great experience for me. One of the greatest blessings that has been born out of this, is that I now have a greater understanding and appreciation of my own culture as a Trinidadian.
The fact that I am now involved in soca music may come as a surprise to many since I am not known for my affinity to the ‘jump and wave’ or the ‘wine and misbehave’ art form. However, I am a Trini, and soca music runs through my veins, similarly to the way dancehall would run through the veins of a Jamaican. Given this new understanding that I have come to, I am proud to embrace my culture as a Trini man, just as I am proud to embrace my Jamaican heritage as the offspring of a Jamaican father. Not only am I proud to embrace my culture and heritage, but I am proud to now take it to the world.
I fully understand that my ‘physical transformation’ and the content of my music may be confusing to those who have never seen me in this light. I however urge my supporters and my audiences to look beyond the proverbial book cover and see that I am just being myself.
I am a disciple of the Rasta faith and as such I fully support Rasta livity. I am however unwilling to be defined, or appear as what the public has become familiar with. I fully embrace change, and as such, I reserve the right to make any changes to my life as I so desire.
Life is a journey. I am on the same road, but just at a different place on that road. To those who will continue along with me in this journey, and even to those who won’t, to the friends I have made, and to those I have not yet made, to the people of the world, I wish you love and prosperity. Be not afraid to define your own existence.