Dwight Samuels Returns As L'Oquent
There is no logical explanation why Trelawny-based Dwight 'Lt Elmo' Samuels, whether using his real name or going by his stage name, is not a household name in the entertainment field, especially in Jamaica.
Now 30 years in the business, Lt Elmo, as his original stage name was, is still as lyrically potent as he was as a student at William Knibb Memorial High School when he first commanded attention.
"I remember the first show I did was the Hague Agricultural Show, that was 1986, I was a fourth former at William Knibb," Samuels reminisced, as he spoke to Entertainment Avenue.
"As a matter of fact, I performed on that show in my khaki pants, a T-shirt and my school shoes."
A few days after that performance which introduced him to the Trelawny audience, owner of Sly, Slick and Wicked sound system, Stevie Gregg, contacted the performer's mother and somehow managed to convince her to allow her son to become a DJ on the sound.
This move, further cemented Lt Elmo as a top notch DJ, in the ensuing years, especially in Western Jamaica.
Samuels never got the breakthrough he wanted to make it big, but it wasn't for a lack of talent, as his writing skills are well known.
"I have performed in the U.S., also in Grenada in 2003, with Joseph Hill (Culture), Ghost and Kartel, that time Kartel was just breaking on the scene. The unknown artistes on that show was me and Lady Beres."
In 2007, Jamaica and the Caribbean heard of Dwight Samuels, when he entered and won the Comedy Buss competition.
"It wasn't a switch from DJ, I just broadened my scope, because DJ is my first love. People say I'm an excellent comedian, well, I am 10 times better at the DJ thing," he laughs.
Samuels described the Comedy Buss as a learning experience, because despite what others thought, he never saw himself as a comedian.
"As a matter of fact, I was pushed into it by my supervisor at Air Jamaica at the time.They saw the Comedy Buss advertisement and said I should go. I resisted initially but dem seh, look man, if yuh a crack we up ah work fi free, go crack up Jamaica fi some money. So they sent me off to the audition and that's another part of history."
Samuels wrote all his jokes for Comedy Buss and having won, he performed in front of 25,000 people at the Caribbean Comedy Festival in Trinidad, more than he ever had at a performance as a DJ. Yet, he shied away from the art.
So after three decades, the man known as Lt Elmo, has reinvented himself and returns now as L'Oquent (pronounced Eloquent) and has been recording some tracks.
"Mi a work with Mentally Disturbed (aka Fido), based in Falmouth, and he's been doing some work with Charly Black; I have a record out now called Pianist, on the First Time label. Me and Charly Black are the only people on that rhythm right now. There's also a track called Frighten Fi Hennessy, scheduled for release later this year."
Samuels says, "2016, mi coming at dem. If Kartel ah di teacha, mi ah di dean of discipline. No disrespect to no artiste but mi can count the amount ah artist who really a push some lyrics. Some man a come with the A-B-C, 1-2-3 thing, me come fi entertain and educate, me a come wid edutainment."