Librawto tailor-made for singing
Twenty-six-year-old Genroy Mclean, known to most as Librawto from the popular local talent competition Magnum Kings and Queens (MKQ) of Dancehall, has always been creative. The modest and vocally-strong singjay possesses a very clear and distinct sound with influences from Popcaan, Demarco, Drake, Vybz Kartel, Alkaline and Aidonia.
"I discovered I could sing from primary school days, from around age nine," Librawto said.
But around the same time he discovered that he could actually sing, he also realised that he has tailoring skills. "One time I had under pants to fix and I went on my mother's machine to sew it. I figured out how to use it, because I would watch her all the time. After that she just allowed me do my thing. I went to Garmex at Heart Academy on Marcus Garvey Drive in 2000. After one year there, the people in my community started to link me, and that's how I make my living," he said, adding that he makes original pieces for his performances on the talent show.
Admitting his preference for music over sewing, the singjay says one of his musical influences is his brother Devano Mclean, who goes by the stage name Danzo. They both entered Magnum Kings and Queens for the first time in 2012 as duo Deh Deh almost reaching the Top 10.
With his brother's blessing, Librawto decided to enter the competition as a solo act.
"If I were to win Magnum this year, I would buy a serge machine and a straight stitch industrial machine to expand my business to help me make more money while I pursue my musical career. I would also donate money to the people in my community who helped me out and the rest I'd use to help promote myself as an artiste," Librawto said.
With just a few weeks left in the competition, Librawto hopes to make the cut to move on to the Magnum Mansion Top 12 performance today at D'Entrance on Constant Spring Road.
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall airs live on TVJ on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. and repeats on Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 p.m.