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Not From Normal releases new single

Published: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017

They call themselves Not From Normal, and honestly when you listen to the type of music that this local group makes, you will tend to agree. Intranzit, K-Wolf and El, the young men of Not From Normal, have been singing together since they were in Standard Four. Next week, they will release the single “Exursion.”

“Originally, it was four of us,” said Intranzit aka Jamol James.

“Back then we were called RB4 (Risen Beats 4) since we brought four different sounds to the table. During our developmental stage, we sang songs from Boyz II Men, 112, Next and any other boys group our parents grew up to,” he said.

“That opened our ears and minds to how groups performed back in the day. It also allowed us to explore and develop our vocal range and style of singing.”

The musical background of the group members also contributed to their unique sound.

James is the son of 1999 Road March Queen Sanelle Dempster and music producer Terrence James. At an early age he taught himself the piano and closely studied his father’s profession to become a music producer as well.

At the peak of his mentorship, he moved to the US in 2012 after receiving a full athletic scholarship. James began developing music that has been heavily influenced by rap, trap, R&B and EDM genres such as Future Bass and Pop.

K-Wolf (Shaquille Kareem Mc Kenna) is the great grandson of the late calypsonian Mighty Dougla. Like James, he also taught himself to play the piano and the guitar and they both furthered their vocal talents at the Pinnacle of Rubies Vocal Ministry in Chaguanas.

At the age of ten, the group’s third member Justin Eligon, known professionally as El, was placed in his local church choir to help him develop his talent and love for music.

Eligon never stopped developing himself and his craft, and at age 14 through age 17 he played the African drums and tassa in school. He was also a part of his high school’s drama club and dance group.

James said the group’s name came about following a conversation with his father.

“He was telling us that we needed to find a unique name to match our unique styles. As we talked, he told us that the music we would put out from that point should not be normal. That’s when the bells started to ring.

“I ran the name by my mother who later decided that we should be called Not From Normal.”

James described the group’s sound as urban/world music. “How Bout You”, “Be Mine”, “Foreign” and “Low Key” are some of the songs that the group has released so far which can be found on YouTube.

The ultimate goal of Not From Normal is to be recognised internationally.

“We want to show all that great things can happen anywhere! Our hope is that through our lifestyle and mindset people (no matter their age or position) would want more out of life and not just settle with the cards they were dealt,” James said.

Not From Normal is on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.