The Caribbean unites as one voice!
Unite and be one, the fight will be won!
As we witness the world going through what may be the most trying days of our lifetime, the least we can ask is that peace and unity guide us through. Thankfully, one team has taken up the charge to deliver a message of hope from the Caribbean community to the world.
That gift comes from Barbadian song writing duo, Ian “iWeb” Webster and Cheyne Jones aka the WaterStreet Boyz. With their moving tune, “We Got This” – initially created to uplift the Caribbean during the global Covid-19 pandemic, their movement has since become even more significant, as Black Lives Matter and tense government elections have also emerged at the forefront of societal concerns.
So how did the project come to be? The framework for “We Got This” was originally written for a different project that somehow, didn’t come to fruition. However, iWeb says he and Jones had a feeling that the song could be something really special, so they decided to use it as a way of bringing the region together by representing as many Caribbean islands as possible.
Though it has a ‘We are the World’ vibe, iWeb says the concept behind “We Got This” was actually inspired by a 2019 documentary on Rawlston Charles, legendary owner of Charlie’s Records in New York. The idea to create a unified song grew out of several conversations with good friend, Trinidad & Tobago reigning Groovy Soca Monarch, College Boy Jesse, regarding how to get artists across the region to work together for the common cause of ‘getting our music more global exposure on international platforms’.
Without any specific artist in mind or number of artists to work with, the team reached out to their connections and found a group of 25 artistes representing 14 Caribbean countries. The most beautiful thing about the project is that everyone involved – writers, producers, editor, and artists, all donated their time. No money has been made or exchanged. Each person simply believed in the vision of being part of a positive, unified movement working together for their beloved lands.
Once the artists were compiled, the trick was then navigating the balance between how the project was envisioned and seamlessly blending each artist’s individual contribution, to create a fully inclusive finished product. A perfectionist at heart, iWeb wrote scripts for each artist with specific instruction utilizing today’s technology, including where and how to record. He then did the same for the audio and video editors, then entrusted producer Chris Allman of Slam Home Studio Recording, to create a modern piece of work that could fit any musical format, in any global space.
Dubbed ‘the Caribbean Connection’, “We Got This” features College Boy Jesse, Antigua’s Claudia Peters, along with Barbados’s Marzville and St Lucia’s Motto. Soca artist Jadine who represents Montserrat on the track, delivering the line “Unite and be one, the fight will be won’ agrees working on the song was a blessing. As a proud Montserratian and West Indian she said “the energy just sat right with my soul”, and she “took joy in lending my voice to something I knew would be uplifting to my people.”
Since its May 1st release, ‘We Got This’ has been viewed millions of times across the globe and its creators have been approached by the British High Commission, advertising agencies in Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, and St Kitts & Nevis, even frontline workers are asking to use the song in their campaigns. By the way the song came together, to the heart-warming responses, iWeb said the song has been a pure blessing and the experience rewarding beyond belief.
Who are the WaterStreet Boyz? A Calypsonian in his own right, iWeb formed the WaterStreet Boyz with is long-time friend and former schoolmate Cheyne Jones, after Jones approached him about his interest in writing. iWeb immediately recognized Jones was naturally gifted and invited him to write a song for him. The two soon became a powerhouse team, and began working together fulltime, naming their union in homage to their primary school ties. The WaterStreet Boyz are currently working on social media content for Crop Over fans to enjoy in the absence of carnival.
“We Got This” contributing artists: Antigua: Claudette Peters – Anguilla: Queen B – Barbados: Khiomal , Mahalia, Marzville, Riddim Tribe, Rochelle, Shontelle Layne – The Bahamas: Tara Lynne – Dominica: Devine Songz, Tasha Peltier – Grenada: Josh Berkeley – Guyana: Adrian Dutchin, Timeka Marshall – Jamaica: Kaay Jones – Martinique: Victor O – Montserrat: Jadine – St Kitts & Nevis: Karisia Willet, Drew Dean – St. Lucia: Arthur Allain, Lashley ‘Motto” Winter – St Vincent & the Grenadines: Shaunelle Mckenzie – Trinidad & Tobago: Adana, College Boy Jesse, NISA. Regrettably, but not due to lack of effort, Haiti and St. Marteen were unable to be represented.