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Tanya Carter brings a twist to Jamaican music

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM
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Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter

A new album might not be on the cards right now, but Belizean singer Tanya Carter was more than excited about her recent visit to Jamaica and about recording a song with producer Christopher Birch.

Carter, whose stay in the island ended recently, said she came to Jamaica to promote her Birch-produced song Ex-Boyfriend and branch out into the Jamaican market.

"Being the top artiste in Belize is one thing, but when you realise that you have plateaued, you have to kick it up a notch. I had to come to where the real reggae music is," she told The Gleaner.

Since being in the island, she made the rounds at several events and also recorded another song with Birch.

Since releasing the song, which is called Secret (written by Duane Stephenson), she said the response has been good, with radio stations asking for it.

Carter explained that she was first introduced to reggae by her father and fell in love with the genre soon after.

"It stuck and connected with me and reminded me of the peaceful time that I had. It was a connection to my youth when I was young and carefree," she said.

"They (Belizeans) love reggae. A lot of Jamaicans don't realise that Belize is very welcoming to the Jamaican culture. We embrace reggae as if it is our own."

Although she went to an arts school where dancehall and reggae were not taught, Carter said she recorded her first dancehall song, I Want To Get To Know You Better, at 18 years old. However, her first hit came with a reggae song, Show Me, in 2005.

With quite a busy schedule, Carter says she is releasing singles before settling down to do an album.

"We don't have a definite date (for the album) 'cause we are focusing on the single and getting my name out," she said.

But when it is released, she said it will have "some reggae and a little bit of dancehall, but with a twist with my Creole and the vibes of the dancehall".

Upon returning to Belize, Carter says she will be working on the music video for Secret.