By Natasha Ofosu
United Kingdom | Wednesday 27 April 2016: 8:08 BST
Darryl ‘Farmer Nappy’ Henry is the green-fingered artist of soca. Since he took the leap to become a solo performer nine years ago, he has consistently sown his musical seeds in fertile soil, reaping a rich harvest of hits and admirers across all age groups in all parts of the world. Farmer has emerged as the king of ‘big people music’ - mature, groovy soca, characterised by strong storylines sitting atop appealing dance melodies. Hailing from Siparia in South Trinidad, Farmer honed his skills as a singer, songwriter and percussionist over two and a half decades with Machel Montano’s various bands, from the first incarnation as Panasonic Express through to Xtatik, and most recently the HD Family. He began his solo journey with the self-penned hit Chippin (With Meh Own Woman) in 2007, which won him the Groovy Song of the Year title at the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago Awards the following year. The song also laid the foundation for his ongoing successful partnership with Barbadian producers De Red Boyz. A stream of memorable tunes have flowed since then, including Pavement (2010) featuring Kerwin Du Bois, Flirt (2011) and Surrender (2012). Although the latter was hugely popular during the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) carnival season, it failed to win Farmer any titles. However, in a major boost for his international profile, he was voted Artist of the Week in March 2012 on the ground-breaking US music website MTV Iggy. As a result, he was featured prominently on the site’s homepage and his album at the time, You Make Me...Surrender, was given a four out of five stars rating. Farmer enjoyed another outstanding year in 2014, when his composition Big People Party earned him second runner-up position in the International Groovy Soca Monarch and Road March competitions in T&T Carnival. The year ended with him receiving the Calypso of the Year award from the National Action Cultural Committee also in Trinidad. He followed that up with two excellent offerings in 2015 - In Trouble (with Alison Hinds) and My House. He also extended his repertoire to include steelpan music when he provided the vocals for De Puna Band, composed by veteran calypso producers Pelham Goddard and Gregory ‘GB’ Ballantyne and performed at the National Panorama competition by Exodus Steel Orchestra. To top it off, he performed at the prestigious Tobago Jazz Experience music festival in April 2015. Farmer delivered more top-draw music in 2016 with the songs Rental and, with perhaps the longest word in the history of soca tracks, Bambilambambilambilambam. The song took him to the final of the International Soca Monarch contest and is featured on his third studio album House of Soca, which was released in February at the height of T&T’s carnival.
Farmer Nappy will perform in London on Saturday 7 May, at Busspepper’s 13th Anniversay party. Click for more information on the event and to purchase tickets.