Patra explains her absence from the BET Awards/ her place in Jamaican music Image

by Biko Kennedy

Having dominated the early 1990's with a vocal style dancing between hardcore Dancehall and RnB with hints of Pop, Patra is on a steady comeback trail as she preps her upcoming album, 'Patra: The Continuation'.

With the lead single from the project, Sweet Reggae Music (see above), garnering for her a new fanbase while exciting her die-hard-long-time fans, Patra explains in an interview with Vibe Magazine that "it's the simple things that you've done as an individual that make you who you are. Sometimes we just like to get our hair and nails done to get sexy, even if we're not going there. It's the simplest thing, as a woman, that we do to make us feel that word, how to love yourself, be confident, how to express yourself, physically, emotional, mentally. This album is driven on that, and that's why it's called the continuation; and of course, the fellas love it for a different reason. But, for the ladies, they'll be able to understand it and as a result, become more vocal."

With the much-talked about Dancehall segment of the BET Awards on Sunday, June 30th, there were two guests - Patra and Shabba Ranks - invited who seemingly passed on the invitation to perform.

Beenie Man spoke on the issue last week but Patra felt that only she could speak for herself and the situation behind what took place. 

Speaking on Winford Williams' OnStage, Patra noted that she has a great relationship with the BET network but she was approached by the wrong "messenger".

"I'm the type of person who likes to speak  for myself and because of all the things I've been through with my career I'm very careful with the people who might come and say there is an opportunity somewhere and I should just jump at it," explains the Worker Man vocalist. "[BET] is like family to me…I know a lot of people from BET…[and] I was called but I was called by the wrong messenger. I have to reserve the right to decline certain situations no matter how important it is, especially when it comes throught the wrong message line.

"I think I did the right thing because if I'm doing something especially to represent Reggae music it have to be done right…because I'm a very private person I'm not very easy to get to but sometimes you have to have a little lifeline to have people [keep in contact with you] but sometimes it just get carried away…I didn't decline [on doing the performance] it was just the wrong channel to [have me perform]."

As to the position with the album she explains that she plans to take Reggae music to another level and defeat the conception that Jamaican music is all about girls wining and gyrating.

"I'm not a Dancehall artiste from day one; I'm an artiste and I do different types of music. So I think being a Jamaican I have the right to do Reggae music…what I found out about Sweet Reggae Music now that I'm getting ready to promote it is that it has taken me into a different era with a different type of fanbase…and I'm the queen of the pack so there is no reason for me to compete against anyone…I think everyone needs to [focus on] what they are doing cause I have worked hard to gain on what I'm trying to expand on here so for me its not a show-off thing or joke thing," Patra expressed.

Check out her full-length interview below:

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