The daring and delightful dancehall-pop artiste opens up about hunting success, her endeavours outside the studio and what she really wants to do with her life
Sitting across from me in a boardroom somewhere in
Barbee says all this before revealing that over the course of the past few months, she has had the privilege of sharing the stage with an impressive roster of contemporary hip hop and reggae/dancehall artistes (including Dean Fraser, Fabolous and Bobby Womack) at shows across the Caribbean and the
For many persons (both industry people and general folks), the name Barbee is synonymous with controversy. Who can forget the Beenie Man/Barbee/D’Angel saga a couple years back? Not only did the dissenting episode put Barbee in a negative light, it almost cost the young artiste (still a relative newcomer) a genuine shot at stardom. But if you ask her about it now, she will tell you that she has closed that chapter of her past. In fact, negativity and controversy is something she says she refuses to focus on.
“I don’t pay attention to [it]. I don’t pay attention to negative things that people have to say. Nobody can take anything from me that I have worked hard for. The only person that can stop you from succeeding is you,” she stresses, getting more serious as she speaks.
She adds: “When you are in the public sphere, people are always going to say what they want, and you have to contend with that. That’s the reality.”
Instead of entertaining gossip and rumours, Barbee says she is pressing ahead with her mission to take her music and passions to the next level. Already, she has set up her own recording studio (Rare Diamond Studios) in
Barbee, who also relishes beauty products and fashion, is equally committed to giving back to the less fortunate. Last Christmas, she spearheaded a feeding programme that benefitted homeless persons on the streets of
For the time being though, Barbee remains content learning and improving her understanding of the business side of the music industry. “I have a huge responsibility to build my career. The sky is the limit for me, and I am willing to seize one realistic opportunity at a time, as they come along.”