Pamputtae gives Barbara big buss - New social media sensation wants to star in roots plays
A chance meeting with dancehall artiste Pamputtae was a life changer for 46-year-old Barbara Palmer.
The straight-talking mother of three became an Internet sensation and one of the hottest local social media personalities almost overnight, after a video of her posted to Pamputtae's Instagram account went viral.
Barbara was being her usual comedic self and had no idea that one video would spark new beginnings for her. Nonetheless, social media fell in love with her effervescent personality and soon social media became flooded with posts of 'Barbara Di Barbee'.
In an interview with THE STAR, Barbara explained that although she knew she had a personality that was relatable and magnetic, she was taken aback by all the attention she was receiving.
Counting her blessings
"Me never know things woulda reach so far because one guy did video me already and it did out. Nuff people did like it, but it never put me out there like Pamputtae own," she said.
"Me feel all right, nice and proud, God know. Me 'jokify' like that. People always like me vibes. From the day me born me always a give jokes. A just me dat, but after fi her video go out, me really see how much people love me vibes."
Barbara is today counting her blessings, stating that her meeting with Pamputtae was a turning point for her. She said that following her rise on social media, she has been receiving propositions from businesses and party promoters for her to do drops and small advertisements.
"Is like me did down and she rise me. Me never know her (Pamputtae). One evening me a walk, me and another girl, and me a talk bout how Cash Pot mash me up, and she see me and say lady come here. Me go and a tell her how Cash Pot mash me up and she give me $1,000. Me thank her and walk off," she said.
"Then me come back, and say a you sing di song, 'Fluffy gyal, a bet yuh you can't do dis', and she say, yea, and me start dance it, and she say she a go video me and put it up. That was the start for me."
Fulfil her dreams
With a measurable amount of spotlight now on her and a platform to use, Barbara plans to dive into the acting world. She believes she has the personality to be the next big star in roots play, and hopes that somebody in that space will see her talent and give her the opportunity to fulfil her dreams soon.
If she makes it, Barbara says she will be carrying Pamputtae with her all the way, stating that she will forever be grateful to the dancehall artiste for her new found fame.
"Mi nah tell yuh nuh lie, if me make it tomorrow, me nah leave her a back. Anything happen fi me, she haffi be my manager. Me a go have her back cause a she see me and enlighten me. Me grateful to Pamputtae for everything," said Barbara, who now has more than 20,000 followers on Instagram.
As for Pamputtae, she is happy she was able to give Barbara a platform so that Jamaicans could get to know her, and she is overwhelmed at the attention she is receiving.