If you have never heard of the Dennery Segment, it’s a type of soca music, but with a stronger, infectious beat and, notably, some risqué lyrics.
Dennery Segment is the name that was adopted for Lucian Kuduro. This style of music came out of Africa and has a strong drum beat. Throw in a Caribbean flavour plus some lively percussion and imaginative Lucian lyrics, and you have what is making our island world-famous on the music scene. It all started in the east coast village of Dennery, hence the name.
Dennery Segment songs stir male and female hearts, and other body parts, to go where they’ve never been before — including splits that only the fittest of gymnasts would dare attempt! Some of the more famous song titles are: “Split in de Middle”, “Bad in Bum Bum”, “Force It Riddim” and “Bend Down” (more often termed Bend Dong).
Despite that some (usually older and more conservative) Saint Lucians would have the music of the Dennery Segment x-rated, others view it as an evolution of soca music, a re-interpretation by today’s youth. Think of the early careers of Elvis Presley, Little Richard and The Beatles.
As artist Bigsea says, “We’re not promoting violence, we’re not promoting rape or stealing; we’re promoting men and women having fun. It’s all about dancing, moving your waist and feeling the vibe.”
And let it not be forgotten that some of the older ones who now complain have likely done in their youth some traditional Lucian ‘up close’ provocative dancing with plenty of hip thrusting and grinding!
Such is the international appeal of Dennery Segment that a group of artists has just completed a tour of the United States. Nassis, Krome, Keenan, Mac 11, Blackboy, Mata, Milgos, Seeno, Bigsea (pictured), Umpa, Subance, Mighty, Cooyah and Shemmy J performed concerts in Texas, Atlanta, New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Boston and Miami.
And so proud are we as a nation about the worldwide fan base of Dennery Segment that the artists received funding from the Government of Saint Lucia. Official endorsement!
As artist Bigsea says, “We’re not promoting violence, we’re not promoting rape or stealing; we’re promoting men and women having fun.
TT congratulates the Dennery Segment artists and urges every visitor to our island to sample their music. Check out YouTube, Tunecore, iTunes and Spotify.