Carnival has declined in Ja - Admiral Bailey
Veteran dancehall artiste Admiral Bailey does not share the view that soca music has grown in Jamaica over the years.
The recording artiste, who also toured with Byron Lee for many years, told THE STAR that he finds it odd that persons are celebrating the fact that Jamaica now has four road marches planned for the Corporate Area, as he believes Byron Lee was able to push the bar way higher during his glory days.
"Four road march? I woulda seh that wi slow down because inna our time we have more than that. When Byron Lee was around, the entire island was involved. The calibre of artistes that he used to bring was esteemed, and he used to bring even as much as seven of them. But young bud nuh know storm. Byron Lee took the island by storm when he brought soca here, and what you guys celebrate now is a diminished version. But that is just my opinion," he told THE STAR, while at Soca on the Beach that was held at Little Ochie in Alligator Pond on Sunday.
Admiral Bailey also revealed that he gave soca music a break intentionally because the genre was taking away his focus from dancehall. Bailey, who was at the height of his dancehall career when he was recruited by Byron Lee, told THE STAR that he did not want to be known as a soca artiste.
"It wasn't something that I planned, it just happened. I was welcomed when we travelled because our songs had a different flavour. I drew myself out of the soca market because people start label me as a soca artiste, and I didn't like that, so I took myself out," he said.
"I ventured in the genre to show my versatility, but not to be known as a soca artiste. A dancehall buss mi and mek the world know mi. Soca just expose me to a new market. After awhile, I just stopped recording soca and stop taking booking, and just let the stigma fade out," he said.