EZRA TAKING ST. LUCIA BY STORM
“D’Funmachine” taking St. Lucia by storm!
‘ Ezra’, who had been a long existing fan of fun, carnival and ‘bacchanalling’ for years, finally decided to try his hand at soca in 2014. He instantly won the hearts of Soca fans and the Power Soca Monarch crown that year.
Ezra has gone from parading within the bands to taking command of the stage and rocking any crowd in record breaking time, evolving into an almost overnight success. “The vision I had for myself was to always keep it positive in terms of my future development, because its one thing I believe in. I am taking this thing each day as it comes, taking each opportunity of fame and publicity”. Born Ezra Orius Augustin, he uses the catchy and intriguing stage name ‘Ezra D’Funmachine’, which is representative of his own vibrant and lively personality.
In an interview with 2Nite Magazine he said, “In the next five years, I see myself with some good quality music, because I believe that I am different and expect to explore my fullest potential within the next five years.”
Proud to be a Samarian, last year marked ten years since he graduated from St. Mary’s College. Following his departure he decided to give back, by performing at their annual Talfest show, up till this year, rendering an amazingly captivating performance of his debut song “Bacchanal Rampage” among others.
He rates himself as a ‘beginner’ among the likes of Alpha and Ricky T, though for the general public they may beg to differ. “I think I possess a natural talent and my forte is my energy”, he told 2Nite. “Not too long ago I was at Mindoo Philip Park jumping up to those guys and waving a flag”, he remarked.
Locally his musical icon is Superman HD and Internationally he likes Machel Montano. “I admire his drive and passion”, he said. Ezra is overwhelmed with the support he has thus far received from his local fan base, as well as the comradery and welcoming acceptance from other local artistes.
Ezra who hails from Paris Street Gros- Islet, explained that the catch phrase “jens Gros- Islet” originated from the Wet Fete show at Gaiety. “Because of the large number of Gros-Islet patrons who were present and having to ‘big up’ so many people I know from the area, I said ‘Big up jens Gros- Islet’”. According to him, the socially affectionate label stuck in the mouths of his fans and disc jockeys, as a phrase synonymous with none other than ‘D’funmachine’. The 28-year-old told 2Nite that it gives him a sense of great pride to be able to represent for Gros- Islet residents.
Ezra is both thrilled and grateful to be a musical success and says “I lost my mother at the age of five and she would have always wanted me to be positive”. While his grandmother raised him and he is thankful for other supportive relatives, his mother’s legacy remains forever etched in his heart.
The next time Ezra is scheduled to perform, whatever you do, remember to dress comfortably, wear your dancing shoes and be prepared to sweat, sweat, sweat, dance the night away and JUST HAVE SOME GOOD OL’ FUN! Energy drink vendors not allowed, ‘cause Ezra has enough energy to share with each and every audience he entertains, both young and old.