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Anslem Douglas makes comeback

GARY CARDINEZ Friday, October 6 2006

AFTER a hiatus of four years, soca star Anslem Douglas is coming back into the music arena.

Douglas was involved in a massive legal battle over “Who Let The Dogs Out” — a song he sang and was later turned into a million-dollar seller by The Baha Men from the Bahamas.

Douglas who resides in Toronto, Canada, fell into the background during and after the legal battle, not singing or recording. Three years ago he opened a grocery in Toronto hoping to get into something different but that did not last as he claims it took up too much of his time.

Before moving to Canada Douglas gave us some memorable songs such as “Palm on the Ground”, “Bassline”, “Stickfight”, “Saltfish Cassava” and “Memories”.

Talking to Newsday on phone from Canada, Douglas said, “I have to go with my calling, I think music is what I was sent here to do and I have been doing it for just about 20 years. The choice to come back into music was not difficult as I never stopped writing songs.”

Douglas was in Trinidad recently where he recorded several songs, with three different arrangers/producers — Leston Paul, Neil Bernard and Junior “Ibo” Joseph. He worked with a fourth producer Kerwin Du Bois in Canada.

The tall, performer says he chose different producers because he wanted each song with a different feel as he is looking at different markets.

He plans to launch an 11-track compact disc titled I’m Back in Toronto at the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate on November 7.

He says one of the songs arranged by Ibo is called “Keys to the Kennel” — a direct response to the “bacchanal” caused by “Who Let the Dogs Out”.

Douglas boasted about the response he got while in Trinidad saying, “ People came up to me asking if I give them up. They kept begging me for a new song.

“I enjoyed the vibes I got from the people while I walked through Port-of-Spain.”

Douglas says he would be travelling between Port-of-Spain and Toronto several times and at present is in the gym trying to shed some pounds so he could be in shape to perform for the upcoming Carnival season.

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