CA$H

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

Cash is de­ter­mined to keep his crew’s dream alive. Leader of the cur­rently dis­banded Cash Money Dancers, Omar ‘Cash’ Thomas is ded­i­cat­ing all his spare hours to de­vel­op­ing his record­ing ca­reer. As he aims to spread good­ness and joy all over the world through mu­sic and danc­ing, he also hopes that suc­cess as an artiste will bring his other six dance crew mates back to­gether. “We didn’t re­ally break up. They’re just all over the place. Some are over­seas. Every­body is do­ing their own thing. But if I get the big break, they’re gonna come back,” Cash told THE STAR. Cur­rently em­ployed full-time in a govern­ment of­fice, Cash moon­lights in the dance­hall. “It’s a fam­ily thing. My un­cle was an artiste, but he didn’t re­ally pur­sue it. Mommy was a dancer. It’s a blood­line thing,” he said. His love for danc­ing was af­firmed in 2000, through the in­flu­ence of many lo­cal dancers’ ag­ile idol, Bogle. “I was at a party danc­ing. I was there with Sadiki (vet­eran dancer) who saw me danc­ing. Dem say ‘you can dance. Keep it up’,” he said. So he did. Cash has taken danc­ing se­ri­ously since then. Be­fore their lives pulled the seven Cash Money Dancers apart, they were fea­tured in Ele­phant Man’s Wil­lie Bounce mu­sic video and in Nick Can­non’s King of the Dance­hall movie. How­ever, the dee­jay bug bit Cash years ago, dur­ing a dance com­pe­ti­tion. “We placed in the top 10 in the 2012 World Reg­gae Dance Cham­pi­onship. It was there that I was just vib­ing with some dancers and other peo­ple, and I started to freestyle. They said: ‘You can dee­jay, Cash!’ The next week, I went to record,” he said. The next year, the as­pi­rant re­leased a song called Roll and Look. Cash is gear­ing up to re­lease Up­state Life­style (876 Records) and We Go Danc­ing (FFG Records). Keep­ing to his dancer roots, We Go Danc­ing, ac­com­pa­nies Cash’s new dance called ‘A Weh We Dey’. In ad­di­tion to mak­ing it big so his crew can re­unite, Cash’s dream is to travel the world, spread­ing Ja­maican cul­ture us­ing his best skills, mu­sic and dance. “Be­ing a per­former, you get to reach out to a lot of peo­ple through your own in­di­vid­ual skills. That’s why I make clean mu­sic, so old and young peo­ple can lis­ten to it,” he said.

STEPHANIE LYEW

Cash

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