When was the last time you heard a soca artiste say his/her aim is to entice people all year round, no matter race or culture?
Ricardo Melville best known by his sobriquet, Daddy Chinee has been on his grind for sometime, having worked alongside the likes of Crazy, Scrunter, Chris Garcia, Impulse and Rikki Jai, just to name a few.
After a 10- year hiatus from the soca biz, Daddy Chinee’s back and is promising music lovers that his unique fusion will leave them intrigued and excited. He’s got the experience having performed with a number of soca bands before.
“I performed in bands like Sound Revolution, Roy Cape and the All Stars, Dil-E-Nadan, Jah Vibes and Kylan. Currently, I have my own band- The Daddy Chinee Band which was formerly known as Hipnotic,” he reveals.
The gifted cross-over artiste who was born in Speyside, Tobago but now residing in South Trinidad is a very motivated entertainer and vocalist who is not only versed in Soca but also chutney, R&B, Dancehall, Reggae and traditional Parang music.
With the experience and talent to take things further now, Daddy Chinee says he’s gearing up for a re-emergence in Carnival 2012. “I’ve already released two Soca tracks- “Drop To The Ground,” and “Ah Coming,” he reveals, highlighting that the tracks were produced by Ato “Hisbigness” Williams of Triple B Studios.
With an undying love and appreciation for his culture, and music in general, a mission that began some 20 years ago has been revitalized. His sights are set on mastering the art form that is Soca and captivating audiences like no other ahead of the spirited season.
In 2011, as the island prepares for another Carnival celebration, Daddy Chinee is promising that he will shake things up with some of the most enjoyable music the world has ever heard.