Real VI for GT Taylor Extravaganza on Christmas Day
Dancehall artiste Real VI doesn't want your pity. He wants your ears. Although paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, he has not stopped his desire to be a popular dancehall artiste.
"Everybody sees the work I am putting in, I don't make my situation dictate my life or how I go about living. I am self-driven person, there is no pity in my thing. I don't need a babysitter I am too strong to stop at anything right now," the artiste whose real name is Cosmo Watson, said.
He is booked to perform on GT Taylor Extravaganza's 18th staging which takes place on Christmas Day at the Luana Complex in Black River, St Elizabeth, with Sizzla, Beenie Man, Rygin King, Govana, Tee Jay, Sasco, Etana, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Wayne Marshall and Tanto Blacks, among the performers.
"There is a whole lot riding on this, and I am going all out to make a big impression," he said.
Real VI recently went viral with a performance at a show dubbed 'Morning Blitz' alongside Jada Kingdom. A video was uploaded on worldstarhiphop.com which went viral the following morning.
"There is an everyday challenge and limitations but I don't allow my situation to get me down. I have a team to assist me when I am going to shows, I go to studios that can accommodate my situation. I go to radio stations where I have to go up three flights of stairs. Those are just obstacles to overcome and I do that daily," he said.
He suffered a crippling spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed almost 12 years ago when he was shot in the back by two gunmen in his hometown, Seaview Gardens.
"I woke up one morning and went to my neighbour's yard to get a rake, but two gunmen were hiding there and they shot me. I guess it was the wrong place at the wrong time. It was just one of those things because everybody knows that ah just straight music mi deal with," the 41 year-old artiste said.
The Seaview Gardens resident who gives credit to Bounty Killer for his musical contribution, has been doing music from as early as age 14 and has had the opportunity to record for legends such as Junior Reid, Sugar Minott and Black Scorpio Records.
The artiste is currently promoting two singles, 'Celebrate' and 'Darkness To Light', which were produced by EarthSource Records. He recently released a video for 'Darkness to Light'.
"The song, 'Darkness to Light' is a social commentary songs that addresses events that happened such as the stabbing of the JC student who was killed for his cellphone, it is a deep song," he said.
The singles are available on all major digital media outlets through EarthSource Records, who serves as his exclusive representative worldwide.