The COVID-19 virus come ‘en like one fast bowler and lick de stumps of Caribbean people clear outta the batting crease.
If there is any question as to how Caribbean countries are managing to keep their heads afloat during the worst of the global pandemic, the answer lies in a group of people who wear the title of quiet giants.
The title is taken from a song of the same name recently released by Jamaican artiste, Chevaughn, who teamed up with Agent Sasco and Grammy award-winning producer, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown. The musical trio has given audiences a timely release and a timeless message with the song Quiet Giantz.
Although the song has become a fitting tribute to the “man and woman inna uniform”, Chevaughn reveals during an interview with WI KULCHA, the song was conceptualized more than a year before it was released.
He explains “It is a song that we all can relate to in these times and that is the sort of music I try my best to be honest with, the timeless music that will touch all lives. For sure the timing of the release has helped people to put it as a tribute for the people on the frontline and it is. It is also for the people who are not on the frontline but are in the homes taking care of people and playing their role in a very quiet but major way.”
Chevaughn tells WI KULCHA the inspiration for the track came about after overhearing a conversation while at a show with fellow musicians. He said they were speaking about their journey in music and from that discussion sparked the question: “In their time of need who will the strong ones lean on?”
It was as a result of this broad musical influence that Quiet Giantz initially had quite a number of co-writers. That was until the dynamic duo of Sasco and Riff Raff joined Chevaughn in the studio and the verses were rewritten to make the song “more direct and specific”.
Chevaughn says the working relationship between him and Riff Raff has blossomed over the years as they have undertaken projects for several artistes, both writing and producing. The creative chemistry the two musicians share allowed them to craft Quiet Giantz into the masterpiece that it is.
“The creative process … sometimes people try to force it and sometimes it gets frustrating. When it comes to me and people who are in my inner circle, we allow songs to complete themselves based on where we are at different times in our lives.”
Agent Sasco fit seamlessly into the production after he was approached by Chevaughn for constructive criticism. “I don’t usually ask opinions but I wanted his because I was thinking about him being on the track. By the time I played [the song] for him … he did a verse and we wrote that. It was effortless.”
Chevaughn says the feedback he has been getting from fans across the region and the world has been tremendous, especially from those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic who identify with the theme of the song.
The artiste shared that “There are people who were introduced to the song when it was released and they reached out to me. There are DJs who are playing the song, who never played a song from me, but this one has done it for them and I am grateful for all the feedback. At a time like this, you just want to know that whatever you are doing is inspiring. It is a blessing and it allows people to see things on a brighter side.”
He recognizes that Quiet Giantz will become a reggae classic and it is for this reason that he and his team wants to ensure that no efforts are spared when the visuals are eventually produced for the song.
“For me, this is not a normal song, it is one of those classics that we want to make sure we give it the respect that it deserves based on how it is affecting people…”
And even when the pandemic eventually blows over, the work of quiet giants — doctors, nurses, police, firefighters, teachers and of course, musicians such as Chevaughn, Agent Sasco and Riff Raff — will continue to uplift Caribbean people and carry them through the difficult times.