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Sassy Jonelle embraces her curves

Kimoy Leon Sing

kimoy.leonsing@trinidadexpress.com

American songstress, Beyonce Knowles is a triple threat in music and entertainment.

Strong, beautiful and confident, soca starlet Jonnelle Manwaring is a big fan of Beyonce, and just like her American superstar idol, Manwaring is also aiming for the top.

At 23, this San Fernando beauty says being comfortable in your own skin is an unparalleled joy that she hopes will resonate in the hearts and minds of everyone. With style, class and a whole lot of sass, Manwaring shows her creativity through her music while embracing her God-given curves.

She is excited about her new release for Carnival 2018 titled, Melanin. Like a shot of hot coffee in the morning, Manwaring’s sultry voice easily dances on the rhythm as she gives a groovy, unapologetic rendition.

Written by Manwaring and produced by her and Badjohn Republic, the Southern beauty cleverly covers the spectrum of skin tones, from caramel and coffee; chestnut and toffee, vanilla and Hershey.

She admits being a full-figured woman in the entertainment industry can be challenging, but she will not be deterred from doing what she loves.

She said, “I wrote Melanin to empower women to love their natural self. I want them to know no matter their size, colour or race it is ok to be who you are. You don’t need to fix something that doesn’t need fixing.”

Manwaring says she is inspired by various artistes locally, regionally and internationally, and says it is great to see how much soca music is spreading across the globe.

Though relatively new to the soca scene, Manwaring has worked with artistes such as Alison Hinds and Sally Sagram.

She recently won the Strictly Vocal Competition held by radio station Red 96.7. Utilizing her social media platforms, Manwaring has also recently started a movement called the #MELANIN MOVEMENT.

Though melanin deals with the skin, Manwaring decided to take it a step further.

She said, “I started this movement to encourage anyone that is “proud of their melanin”, which is their hips, lips, skin complexion, body shape and hair can post a video of themselves dancing to the song.”

Singing for the past 13 years, Manwaring says she is inspired by artistes such as Bunji Garlin and The Voice.

Most of her singing career has been in calypso however she loves other genres of music including jazz, classical, Spanish and Indian music.

Though her voice has a power all of its own, Manwaring also wants to be known as a writer.

She says being multi-talented in such a competitive industry helps for any singer/songwriter in the field.

Manwaring has also hinted at a family connection between her and 3 Canal singer, Wendell Manwarren but says he could be a distant cousin, but that’s another mystery she has yet to uncover.

 

Sidebar:

MELANIN

VERSE 1

So what if meh thighs them thick

And meh hips them look eccentric

And meh complexion is a little cinammon or dark like hershey’s chocolate.

What if meh hair natural and ethnic and meh lips doh need no chapstick and every man out here wanna kno how come this woman so electric.

 

PRECHROUS

And her skin so smooth

Like how meh waist move

We are special Queens

So ladies with me

Come on leh we see ladies

 

CHROUS

If yuh proud ah yuh melanin

put ya hand them high.

Put ya drinks in the air them high

Perfect formula blessed by the sun and shining like the moonlight.

Melanin drop it down low gyal look how yuh skin it glow.

created in perfection by the great 1 glittering like gold.

 

 

VERSE 2

What if ah talk just a lil too slick.

Make yuh brain work like arthritmatic

And the sparkle in my eyes gets them hypnotized

And it’s not a magic trick.

What if meh motion outta control and meh hops them know how to roll.

And every man out there wanna know how come this woman so brave and bold.

 

PRECHROUS

And her skin so smooth

Like how meh waist move

We are special Queens

So ladies with me

Come on leh we see ladies

 

CHROUS

If yuh proud ah yuh melanin

put ya hand them high.

Put ya drinks in the air them high

Perfect formula blessed by the sun and shining like the moonlight.

Melanin drop it down low gyal look how yuh skin it glow.

created in perfection by the great 1 glittering like gold.

 

BRIDGE

Caramel and coffee

Chest nut and toffee

Vanilla and hershey’s

 

Spicey like cinammon

Mixed in Mona’s perfection

Be proud ah yuh complexion

We are the best selection.

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    Jim reid says

    Beautiful Music by a beautiful girl

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