Ahhh the internet… whether it’s Bajan Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We love to show the world precisely how much mock sport we could produce. Jamal Harry aka Mackie Tone is just the latest Bajan social media anomaly to make it onto the mainstream.
Mackie was living his normal everyday life like all the rest of us before he was chucked headfirst into the spotlight. He spent the majority of his spare-time uploading “freestyle” videos to his Instagram everyday (4 and 5 times a day). Whether is due to his mad freestyle skills, the law of numbers or just plain luck Mackie eventually struck gold. His song dubbed “Tori” is a touching, melodic & expressive ballad that was apparently inspired by a past but lasting flame Mackie has. We the public may never be aware of exactly who this walking trophy Tori is. But Mackie has mastered the art of turning affairs of the heart into hit songs much like Adele, Taylor Swift & Celine Dion.
Mr Tone was not one to get comfortable and start resting on his laurels like so many do after they go viral. The opportunities were quickly seized and we already have an official Crop Over tune from Bims latest superstar. The song called "Gine in Mackie" actually has quite a catchy vibe. Although he may not have the cadence of a seasoned soca veteran like Lil Rick, this tune would still mash up behind a truck come Mega Monday.
Will Mackie continue to rise in entertainment? Will people ever take him seriously? Does he take himself seriously? Will Mackie ever walk back in? We know these are the pressing questions on everyone's mind. Unfortunately, we don't have the answer to any of them. All we can do for now is continue to keep an eye on the young musical prodigy & keep you posted.