‘Mighty Omee’ tells of his musical career

Mighty Omee promises more calypsos in the future
Mighty Omee promises more calypsos in the future

His song, Murderer, was a major hit during the carnival season and he was given the privilege of closing calypso tents and calypso competitions; in essence bringing life to a weary crowd.

Kerwin “Mighty Omee” Casimir, 35, of Bioche, looks, acts and performs like any calypsonian but he is not.

He has been visually impaired, short sighted, from birth.

But this has not stopped him from expressing his passion for music and he has been recording from the age of 19.

Actually, calypso was not his first choice in music.

“Plenty people used to tell me, why I don’t try calypso but I told them that I was more interested in my reggae and my dancehall, because that is what I was raised around,” he told DNO.

But that all changed when one day at the studio, which is one of his favorite places. According to Omee, the producer played a beat to which he made up a chorus, just for the fun of it, as he said.

“When I started singing everybody started laughing but the producer took it serious ….he told me it sounding like a calypso road march,” he stated.

He recalled recording the chorus and he and his friend, Larry, wrote the verses.

And the seeds for the hit song, Murderer, was sown.

Omee got a glimpse of how big the song was going to be when he performed it at Unity Splash in Bioche late last year.

“When I perform the song there is like the way the people respond … it’s like something was going to come out of that song,” he said. “It’s like big, small, everybody jumping up, so I said I will take it from there.”

And it did go places.

During the just concluded carnival season it could be heard blasting from sound systems and it did win the Road March title, sharing it with Wuk Suk’s “Tomato Burst.”

He said he is forever indebted to the various fans, friends and family who have supported him in his musical career.

He promises more calypsos in the future.

“There is more to come still, once God spares my life,” he noted. “Trust me I feel overwhelmed.”

Omee noted that winning the Road March title this year is equivalent to a new door opening for him. “It’s like you have a foundation.. you build a foundation and you have to finish it. It’s just me now, to do what I have to do, and things will happen,” he said.

Apart from writing songs Mighty Omee is also a fisherman and a vegetable farmer. He said he has worked in the construction industry but could not continue because of his sight limitations and has even represented Dominica on a visually impaired cricket team.

He has written and recorded a few songs but he said they are not quite ready to be released as yet.

Omee has been a member of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) since 2006.

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. i must speak
    March 12, 2014

    yah blesss up my boy you going places :-D

  2. pal
    March 12, 2014

    real recognize real, this man is real and he has recognized the reality in our society, his song has spoken for him. sending a sstrong message. we bunning down raper, why u kill the little child why you rape the little child. nuff respect n big up to omee boy, may the blessing come down on u my brother and may spiritual healing touch these eyes of yours. I think you are a strong inspiration to those who are impaired in one way or another.

  3. Trevor Fabien
    March 12, 2014

    I was never really a great fan of calypso, soca is more my thing but I listened to all the songs this year even I am thousands of miles away.

    When I heard that song I thought this has got to be the road march, I Love it, Love it, Love it

    I heard that he is short sighted. Surely that can be rectified with an eye test and glasses?
    I am willing to help and make sure that happens. If anyone reads this and agrees with me I would welcome suggestions on how we can help the road march king with his eye sight

  4. dp
    March 12, 2014

    all the way to go mighty omee keep it up god bless.

  5. dp
    March 12, 2014

    mighty omee you did very well congrats.

  6. love
    March 12, 2014

    great song omee keep it up

  7. forkit
    March 12, 2014

    omee, you bring positivity in song to Dominicans, keep those songs coming NO SLACKNESS..

  8. saadn
    March 11, 2014

    OMG….i loved that song….but doesn’t he look like Sir Curtley Ambrose….just saying

  9. Frances Bejamin
    March 11, 2014

    Congratulations Omee, keep up the great work. I’m rooting for ya!!!!

  10. Coulibistrie Massive
    March 11, 2014

    keep reaching for the stars omee. God bless you. I loved your calypso,it indeed deserved road match,continue reaching for higher heights,nothing is impossible with Chirst.

  11. LL
    March 11, 2014

    Reggae was indeed his main passion, wrote a few songs for Omie back when we had the zion youts group in Bioche, he has always been a fearless artist. With good management and song writers he can reach to a calypso finals. Keep it up Kerwin !!

  12. papa met!
    March 11, 2014

    continue doing what you love doing Omee.. bless up!

  13. Jahchild
    March 11, 2014

    Congrats- keep the positive vibes alive and the sky is not event the limit.

    Love to see that you are rising above the challenge that life gave you!

    Irie vibes

  14. just me
    March 11, 2014

    Big up MY brother

  15. March 11, 2014

    omee i would just like to big you up on your achievement and this song ‘murderer’ is gonna take you places out of d/a trust me

  16. West Coast..
    March 11, 2014

    Big Up, My Yout..

    Keep positive, Remain Humble and never forget how you got there.

  17. March 11, 2014

    congratulations

  18. Dca
    March 11, 2014

    Congratulations…..

  19. Anonymous
    March 11, 2014

    Well Done Ome while reading this i was in tears and had goose bumps keep doing what u are doing God bless.

  20. Not a herd follower
    March 11, 2014

    More power to Omee

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