“D’Fun­ma­chine” tak­ing St. Lucia by storm!

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS -

‘ 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.

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