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January 17, 2014
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Levy's 'rosie' piques fans curiosity

Barrington Levy - File

As reggae icon Barrington Levy's latest single, 'Rosie', bombs FM radio into submission, many people have been wondering just what is the singer's obsession with this 'Rosie' character.

Music-industry insiders, reggae artistes, video vixens, and music fans descended on the Mixing Lab studio last week for the Mellow Canary's Rosie shoot.

"There is no obsession with 'Rosie'," a smiling Levy said.

"She is just a character. People think what they want to think. Me and Rosie don't have nothing going on. Is not 'Tutty Gran' Rosie, or any other Rosie."

Levy is firmly focused on aggressively promoting this single, his second in the last 16 years.

"All I know is that the video is going to blow people away, and it is going to be a big hit because the 'Rosie' song is getting a lot of spins on IRIE FM. and local radio stations. It is also generating a lot of interest in Europe, and the single has been blasted all over the world by Platinum Camp, and the feedback has been very positive," he said.

The shoot, directed by Allison McLean and Team Roses, started at 6 a.m. and continued well into the night. Chris Browne handled the actual video photography.

Industry insiders believe this single, given the early buzz on the streets, is destined to be a big hit. Radio broadcasters Barry G, Ron Muschette and Elise Kelly have been raving about the well- produced single, where Barrington Levy at the height of his awesome vocal powers.

Levy admitted the song is part two to his seminal hit, Black Roses.

"The story continues, I wrote the song recently as a follow-up to Black Roses. You see Black Roses was about travelling the world and never seeing a black rose, something special in my garden. Now Rosie is that special girl who comes into my life with ignorance when I am looking for romance, and how I lay down the rules for her, threatening to lock her off if she doesn't change," Levy said.

This is not the first time that the man known as 'Mellow Canary' has sung about a character called Rosie. In one of his biggest international hits, Here I Come (Broader than Broadway) , he sings about a Rosie who leaves her son with his father so that she can have more time to party.

"This is a different Rosie," he said, laughing.

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