STAR of the Month : Devin remembers first song - manager looks to promote Grammy-nominated album

February 11, 2017
Devin Di Dakta
Devin Di Dakta


Early yesterday Devin Di Dakta jet off to the United States for the 2017 Grammy Awards that will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California tomorrow.

It's been an incredible rise for the Star of the Month who said that he penned and performed his first song at the tender age of nine years old.

"I remember it was January 1, 2004, with a girl called Latty. It was her birthday party in Capture Land, St Mary where I'm from," shared Devin, who said he has always been passionate about music.


Fondly recalls


Now at 21 years old, the youngest ever Grammy nominated Jamaican artiste fondly recalls the first lines of his first song.

"Me go school every day, fi learn nuffi play.

Me nuh ramp yaw, because me know how daddy stay.

Daddy tell me say, 'Devin you better learn!'

So me stick to me book, cause me no wah me b***y burn!"

Starting from that first little community performance, Devin will, in a few hours, be sharing company with music's finest.

To make his achievement even more admirable, is that the nominated album on which he collaborated, did not get much promotion before it was submitted.

The artiste's manager, Shelly-Ann Curran, told THE STAR that the team is caught in a "unique situation".


Daunting task


She explained that the album, 'Reggae for Her: Sly & Robbie presents Devin di Dakta & JL', was ready for the Recording Academy for Grammy consideration just before the submission deadline passed.

"So unlike other artistes like Jah Cure, Raging Fyah, they had their albums out, publicised and whatever. We entered it just in time for the nomination, with no publicity," she said.

The 'situation' creates a daunting task for the team, to plan a tour around music that fans are unfamiliar with.

"We have a unique situation," Curran continued. "They are playing his dancehall tracks and we're going 'Hey! Him have a reggae side?'," she exclaimed. "The team is working in reverse. So what we're doing from now until summer is promotion."

Devin performed the album for the first time on February 5, during the Bob Marley celebration, Redemption Live, a performance the team is sure proved that he is a true reggae artiste.

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