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Encouraging Chutney Music

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Jason Sookram, also known as DJ Floops, founder of ChutneyMusic.com is an open-minded entrepreneur with the desire to bring all genres of Indo Caribbean music to the world, from classical taan to socca spiked chutney. Mr. Sookram was born on February 2nd of 1984 to a simple working-class family of San Fernando who motivated him to do well academically. His love for music started in early years listening to the melodic voice of Mohammad Rafi from older Bollywood films which is father well-loved. He was also surrounded by Trinidad’s own unique style of classical Indian music known as ‘taan’ which he developed a place of honor for, as well as the other styles of local music specifically chutney.

During his school days, Jayson attended a school where many of his peers were of African or partly African heritage and by building friendships with them his love for music broaden as he was exposed to various genres of Afro-Caribbean Music which he began to explore and enjoy. Jason’s passion was not only in music but also in academics.

In academics he embraced business and finance, utilizing his creative nature that he gained in music to think outside of the box. Later having his MBA in Finance, his hard word was not without notice as he was awarded the Sever Award. Mr. Sookram’s dream now was to run his own business; however, destiny chose to rekindle Jayson’s passion for music.

In August of 2010, He was asked by some friends if he could DJ, reluctantly he agreed. Thinking his work was mediocre he was stunned to see the praise that followed. He was greatly encouraged for his Dj skill and the concept of Dj and Business working together was formed. He perused DJ education to refine his abilities. He also began to write, compose, and sing. In 2013 he came in 2nd for his song, ‘Damini’, a chutney socca song that he composed utilizing some Caribbean Hindustani words. His song was well-received, having double meanings and innuendoes one would have to have an understanding of the Caribbean Hindustan words to fully understand.

In 2015 another hit was his song, ‘World’s Greatest Show’, though that meaning not as hidden as ‘Damini’ it did very well. In 2016 he started to venture into instrumental music. Jason Sookram’s fame was growing and many people as of 2017 recognized him as the ‘Chutney Man’. He realized during those seven years the status of chutney music was looked down upon when compared to other forms of music in Trinidad. Mr. Sookram decided the face of chutney must change and in response, he launched ‘https://chutneymusic.com/’ to encourage not only chutney music but the other forms of Indian music found in the Caribbean. An example of this is the translation of the song ‘Gunga Gana’ that he reworded to be more appealing to laymen.

Jason hopes that he will eventually have a radio station to promote Indian music, culture, and unity. He supports this claim by providing some information about Boodram Holass, whose music played by many to be the mediator to God who was struggling physically and financially. He was selling CDs from his hospital bed to pay his medical bills. Holass Ji sang ‘Guru Charan’ (the foot of the teacher); shall we let the charan of our own Guru suffer? It is then the goal of Caribbean Hindustani and Chutney Music to work together to promote our unique culture that makes us proudly West Indian.

©Caribbean Hindustani- RajSingh Ramanjulu

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