While Fay – Ann Lyons may have started the ball rolling ahead of Carnival 2016 with her African inspired hit, “Block De Road” which features Ghanaian singer, Stonebwoy, other artistes are moving full speed ahead toward the magic of the motherland, infusing their harmonies with the rhythmic African beats that are somehow distinctive to that part of the world.
Mysta Lyon – a Trinidad born singer who lives in the United States but maintains his heritage, says the African beat has revitalized the genre quite a bit. Having heard the sweetness brought to the fore in recent years, with Kerwin Du Bois and Machel Montano’s collaborative track with South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 2013 and now, Lyons’ tantalizing single, he’s excited to throw himself into the foray, delivering a son g he feels is more than worthy of being included in the soca list of must- plays heading toward the season of revelry and ecstasy in T&T.
“Go Down Low” is a reflection of what’s seen annually on the island of steelpan, mas and calypso, during carnival and even outside of the festival period, the artiste and music producer concedes. He says the song is all relative to what’s displayed and coupled with a tune that encourages the desire, Mysta Lyon is promising a frenzy of Trini excitement anytime his single is played in the days and weeks ahead.
A chance. That’s all he feels he needs to win the hearts of the Caribbean p eople. “It all comes down to that really. It’s all a matter of delivering good music at the right time and I think my time has come,” he shared.
Mysta Lyon’s co -written music with several foreign – based soca artistes, among them, Brooklyn based hit-maker, Lyrikal , fellow artiste and videographer, Ronnie Homer and Kiko Dan with whom he’s word arduously with in the creation of most of his music . Mysta Lyon has also worked with St. Vincent powerhouse, Fya Empress, producing her 2014 hit single, “Drink Ah Juice ” on the Swanky riddim. In the past, the co -founder of US record label, ROAR Productions, has imself released several songs, among them, “Rum Drinkers” in 2013, “Drinkin – Lymin” and “J’ouvert Vibes”. He however understands the dynamic of the soca music industry and has continued to keep his eye on the prize, making notes and targeting the people who he feels will be most appreciative of his work. “I understand the need to have a core fan base. I’ve worked on that and I will continue to do that. I don’t expect it to be easy for someone who’s not in T&T to up and make it big in just one or two years on the soca circuit. I however believe that music can speak for itself so when good songs really get the opportunity to be h eard, there really can’t be any denying it,” he said.
Mysta Lyon’s ready for the challenge. He’s ready to show T&T just what he’s got. “Go Down Low” is just the beginning and with Mother Africa on his side, he seems pretty much set for success, wouldn’t you say?