He walks in talking about how strange life is. There he was in one minibus joining in on a heated argument about paying $20 more and the next thing he knows he is in another bus having a rollicking time listening in to a conversation about whether “jumbie” exists or not.
There is a point to this of course. It is that circumstances can change in a flash and that is exactly what Ossie Need hopes for. We wish it would for him.
You remember Ossie Nedd, right? He is the tall, lanky dude we first noticed when he sang “Hooked on your Love” a few years back. It was a good start and we thought things would have kicked off for him. But it didn’t.
He doesn’t lose sleep over it, though. And don’t try wondering how Ossie Nedd sleeps at nights. At 6’6” you know his feet hang over the bed.
Except that, everything about him has a rhythm to it; you listen to him long enough and you’re sure he is possessed by some mad poet. His excuse is that he is fully artistic – he is into art, music and poetry. But it’s the music that finds fire in his bones.
“My mother tells me I used to since in her belly.”
Growing up in Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara, where he still lives, he found his unofficial music teacher in his sister, the person who is now Dr Nicole Nedd-Jerrick. She’d school him in pronunciation and diction.
After “Hooked on your love,” Ossie O (the stage name he came to adopt) recorded other original songs, including “Colours of Your Flag” which had a very patriotic ring to it, and then there was the self-explanatory “Dance Like This.”
But they never became hits. But Ossie O pressed on nevertheless, hanging on to his guitar, or his “girlfriend” as some refers to it, hoping for something to happen – hoping for his big break.
He has much faith in “2 Hearts” which leans a bit on Reggae and R&B. The song was produced by Kross Kolor Records, which is handling its promotion. The chorus goes:
One love, two hearts
Three kids with you
Four feet in bed
Seven’s for the heavens,
I’m fine when I’m with you
Seven’s for the heavens
I’m fine with you
Ossie O has hopes that the song could be help lead him to a brighter future in music, though he is humble enough to take things in stride. For now, he serves as a music teacher, and takes whatever gigs comes his way.
“The funny thing is that I believe that if I become an oil tycoon, I think I would give it up for music.”
Music has captured his entire soul and he is willing to be led as its slave.
“I don’t want to be released from it; it’s a sweet capture.”
Ossie O is thankful for the love and support than has come. He has performed before thousands locally but his favourite crowd is that of hundreds of screaming school children at the annual school show at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
“I believe in the power of love,” he says. “I would prefer to have a group of school children screaming their lungs out for me than sing in front of thousands and people just stand around.”
Ossie Need would like to see more of that love showed to Guyanese artistes at home.
“When we go crazy for ourselves, then others would go crazy for us.”
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