Elephant Man Makes Triumphant Return to the Rock. Earlier today, TNN’s Trevor Lindsay spoke with Jamaican dancehall artist Oneal Bryan, known by his stage name “ Elephant Man The Energy God,” who will be performing twice during this Carnival weekend.
Elephant Man will not perform at the We Love Dance Hall party on Friday, June 17 at Cedar Bridge. This will be hosted by DJ FLAVA and will also feature Souljah and Young Gunz Sound,
to name a few.
He will also be performing at the Swizzle Sunrise party at the Arboretum early Saturday morning. Elephant Man encourages everyone to come out, party and enjoy themselves at these events and all events that this party-filled weekend has to offer.
“ The promoters for these events did a good job and the lineups for these shows are so crazy, so you guys don’t need to miss any nights,” he said. “ It goes from Thursday all the way until Tuesday, when it’s back to a regular work day, but right now, it’s party time, so let’s do it. It is going to be chaos [in a good way].”
“ We will give the audience every penny of their money’s worth, but I personally will not overdo it, because there will be other artists in the show,” he continued. “ Everybody has their fans for this event; a little of this person, a little of that person, so we keep it professional.”
When he was a kid in Jamaica, Elephant Man’s ears were rather large and he got called “ Dumbo” as a result. That is how his stage name came to be.
“ We have a little crime and some car crashes here and there in Jamaica, but generally, life is good,” he said. “ Every country has their own problems, but Jamaica is cool. The sun is hot, the
beaches and rivers are nice, the people are nice, the music and parties are cool, Jamaica is nice . . . they treat tourists so nicely there that once they come back home, they are planning their next trip to Jamaica.”
Elephant Man first performed in Bermuda 20 years ago at the Clay House and it marked his sort of coming-out celebration. It was also the first time that he traveled on a plane to perform.
“ I have nothing but love for Bermuda and its people,” he said. “ The beaches are great, the people are great; Bermudians love Jamaica and Jamaicans love Bermuda.”
Now that pandemic restrictions have been greatly lifted in many countries, Elephant Man is on the go again, performing everywhere. After his Carnival performance here, he’ll be heading to St. Kitt’s next week, followed by Paris, France, back to Jamaica, at Montego Bay and then to Canada.
“ The summer is out, so people are coming out in the thousands and are eating up parties like it’s Black Friday,” he said. “ The most rewarding part, for me, is the enjoyment that the audience
gets while at the shows.”
Elephant Man writes his own songs and music and he urges any other young aspiring artist or writer to, first, understand their audience and what they like and secondly, to write from their heart and make good music.
“ Don’t follow the crowd with guns, drugs and any of these gangster things that are going nowhere, you are going to go to prison and stress your parents out; don’t do that,” he pleads to the public. “ Do the music and let your family be happy and proud of you. Keep everything happy, be a people person, do good and good [will] follow.”
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