Teacher, for­mer stu­dents serve up sex ap­peal

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT - KIMBERLEY SMALL STAR Writer

Hail­ing from the west, #R@W hopes to take on the dance­hall and the international pop world by storm.

The group is made up of a teacher, Ra­heim Fender, 36, and two of his past stu­dents, Bri­anna Spencer An­drew Gib­son, both 19.

This new dance­hall-pop trio have be­gun chart­ing their path to star­dom. So far, with a healthy dos­ing of sex ap­peal and raunchy lyrics, they have al­ready climbed to nearly 130,000 YouTube views col­lec­tively for their first two mu­sic videos.

#R@W re­leased its first sin­gle, Like A Drug, six months ago. It has been viewed more than 28,000 times. Last month the group re­leased So Sexy, which has been viewed more than 103,000 times.

Fender, aka Fendz, has taught per­form­ing arts at the Cedric Ti­tus High School in Trelawny for the past 10 years.

There he met Spencer, aka Bumpa, and Gib­son, aka Up­grade. He taught from grades seven through to CAPE.

“They were get­ting ready to do The­atre Arts in CXC in 2015 and

Young en­ter­tainer Bumpa met Ra­heim ‘Fendz’ Fender be­fore she started Cedric Ti­tus High School.

She was a young per­former who par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of the­atri­cal ac­tiv­i­ties but she did not dream of be­com­ing an artiste.

That changed when she linked up with the per­form­ing arts teacher.

“He picked me out and said I have the tal­ent and I should make use of it. He was al­ways a pos­i­tive per­son. Why wouldn’t I grav­i­tate to­wards that? He showed me stuff I didn’t think I could do,” the young en­ter­tainer told THE STAR.

Un­der Fendz’s tute­lage, Bumpa par­tic­i­pated in mul­ti­ple JCDC per­form­ing arts com­pe­ti­tions, earn­ing gold, sil­ver and bronze medals. they were giv­ing a whole heap of trou­ble,” Fendz told THE STAR.

Dur­ing his rep­ri­mand, Fendz men­tioned that he could be spend­ing his time record­ing an al­bum, an ex­pres­sion that caught the trou­ble­mak­ing pair’s at­ten­tion.

“They started ask­ing if I can’t put them in the al­bum. So I said, if you guys show me that you are ca­pa­ble, then yes. I told them, if you show me you’re se­ri­ous, I’ll bring you on. Then dur­ing the exam process, they got the high­est scores,” he said.

To sup­ple­ment their bur­geon­ing mu­sic ca­reer, Bumpa is pri­mar­ily a make-up artist while Up­grade is a call cen­tre agent.

“I would love to be­come a record­ing artiste, but to reach that level you have to do other stuff. So I want to have my own busi­ness while still do­ing my mu­sic. I want a plus-size store, a nice bou­tique. But mu­sic is my dream,” Bumpa told THE STAR. “What­ever I do has some­thing to do with art. I have the art in­side of me. We’re all about the drama!”

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