by Howard Campbell
SOUTH FLORIDA – The music video added one other dimension to artist promotion when cable channel MTV exploded through the Eighties. In 1991, teen singer Dwisdom topped Jamaican charts with My First Actual Love, however the tune had no video, a rarity even for an unknown act.
On July 21, 32 years after the ballad’s launch, its video debuted. Filmed this 12 months in South Florida, it’s directed and produced by Steve HoSang for Digital 1 Media Service.
Written by Dwisdom, Willie Stewart, Neville Hines and Ian Hird, My First Actual Love was co-produced by Stewart and his youthful brother Pablo, who died in 2002. It was Pablo who launched the Dwisdom to Willie who was drummer for the Third World band.
“He believed in her expertise and once we recorded the tune and I heard her voice I understood why. Pablo and I had a intestine feeling it will do effectively however by no means to the huge hit it grew to become within the hearts of our Jamaican folks,” mentioned Stewart, who lives in South Florida.
My First Actual Love topped Jamaican charts for a number of weeks. A gradual pop ballad, many followers thought Dwisdom was American or Canadian, and the absence of a music video for the monitor added to its mystique.
Stewart believed the time was proper to alter that. Dwisdom, who has toured with Beres Hammond as a backup singer for over 20 years, traveled to South Florida early this 12 months and shot her scenes for the video.
“I do know the tune nonetheless has the magic at the moment because it had the primary day it was launched as a result of everybody who hears it for the primary time falls in love with it,” mentioned Stewart.
The London-born Stewart is youthful brother of bandleader Byron Lee, who was additionally proprietor of Dynamic Sounds, the biggest music distribution firm within the Caribbean.
He was a member of Third World for 21 years, enjoying on the band’s traditional albums akin to Journey to Addis which contained Now That we Discovered Love, their greatest hit tune.
Stewart additionally co-produced and co-wrote Boris Gardiner’s hit tune, Love Inside You and co-wrote Lieutenant Stitchie’s hit single, Evening And Day.
He’s finest recognized in South Florida as conceptualizer of Rhythms Of Africa, an annual occasion that salutes the origins of percussive music.
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