Internationally acclaimed Trinidadian soca star Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry celebrates over 30 years in the soca music industry and his rich legacy as one of soca’s top entertainers of all time continues to grow. A few years ago, he earned the “Calypso of the Year” award for his blockbuster groovy soca hit “Big People Party,” from the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC) in Macoya, Trinidad, in December 2014. Farmer, as his fans affectionately know him, also placed second runner up in the International Groovy Soca Monarch and Road March competitions during the 2014 Trinidad Carnival season. As he ends the new 2019 Carnival season with a bang, with a slew of new hits, Farmer stands in his own, hard-earned and much-deserved spotlight as a top Soca Artist.
He enjoyed massive success with his first internationally-released album You Make Me…Surrender in 2012 and again in 2014 with Big People Party, then scored another classic collection with House Of Soca in 2016, all released by his own label Country Life Music, with international distribution by FOX FUSE. From his immense catalog, fan favorites include “Big People Party,” “Chippin,’” “Surrender,” “You Make Me,” “Stranger,” and “Family.” Those songs along with his more recent hits “My House,” “In Trouble” featuring Alison Hinds, “Loosen De Chain,” “Rental” and “Bambilambambilambilambam,” continue to earn him respect from the industry and fans alike, as the voice of the groovy soca genre.
Farmer Nappy shot to international fame when he was voted as MTV Iggy’s “Artist of the Week” in March 2012, following a weeklong voting contest that placed him against other artists around the world. You Make Me…Surrender was also reviewed by the international music site and received an incredible 4 out of 5 stars, gaining him critical acclaim in the mainstream music industry. His single “Surrender” further broke barriers as the renowned New Yorker Magazine streamed it for their mainstream audience to vibe to what they termed as “a comprehensive sound of the Caribbean.”
Farmer Nappy scored his breakout hit with “Chippin’” (With Meh Own Woman), back in 2008. Composed in Trinidad and produced in Barbados by De Red Boyz, “Chippin’” became a mega single within the global soca community. It went on to win “Groovy Song of the Year” at the 2008 COTT Awards in Trinidad and was also nominated for “Song of the Year.” Since then, Farmer has concentrated more on himself as a performing artist, pleasing his fans with his consistent, signature groovy flows and high-energy performances. Together, Farmer and De Red Boyz have teamed up to produce some memorable hits along the way, including “Chippin,” “Flirt,” “Surrender,” “Minglin,” “Stranger,” “Big People Party,” “My House,” “Rental” and “Bambilambambilambilambam.”
First building his repertoire as an instrumentalist and songwriter with the band Xtatik, Farmer Nappy formed a brotherly bond with lead singer Machel Montano, which goes back to the inception of Pranasonic Express, the younger boy-band. At the tender age of seven, Farmer embarked on his musical journey by playing percussion in the young band, which later grew to be Xtatik. As the band evolved, Farmer emerged as an award-winning, multi-talented songwriter. He wrote and co-wrote some of the biggest hits in Xtatik’s catalog. He dipped his ink in numerous recognizable hits, including “Big Truck,” “Music Farm,” “Tayee Ayee,” “Crowded,” “No Carnival”, “UFO,” “Big Phat Fish,” “Low Riders”, “Water Flowing,” “Junkyard” and “Granny,” just to name a few. Farmer won the award for “Best Songwriter” in 1998 for “Footsteps,” which also won Road March that year. His time with the various bands and working with Montano enabled Farmer to tour the world for over 30 years, and allowed him to sow his soca seeds to all corners of the globe.
His mission of bringing sweet soca music to all corners of the world continues, as Farmer has been steadily on tour, and in 2016 embarked on the House Of Soca Tour, bringing his new album of hits to fans far and wide. He was backed by his own band De Red Boyz Band, as his collaborative efforts with De Red Boyz have taken the production team out of the studio and onto stages, worldwide. Some recent tour highlights have seen audiences enjoying the sounds of Farmer Nappy in places such as St. Maarten, where he shared the stage with rap superstar Rick Ross in April 2016, and Nassau, The Bahamas, where he appeared alongside hip-hop star Jah Rule and Ashanti in December 2016. In 2017 and 2018, his season included hits “X-Man,” “Miss Me Wid Dat,” “Technically” featuring Destra Garcia, “Abundance” and “Wifey”.
As the 2019 Trinidad Carnival season came to an end, Farmer Nappy continued his tradition of delivering the very best that groovy soca music had to offer, and in fact, he has become an international ambassador for the genre. His new hits for the 2019 soca season included the #1 song “Hookin’ Meh”, which perfectly captures the essence of Farmer Nappy – a groovy soca artist with incredible longevity, who flawlessly achieves the rare feat of connecting to today’s soca audience with popular rhymes and rhythms, while also staying deeply planted in his calypso roots. In fact, Farmer Nappy is arguably the soul of groovy soca music and there is no surprise he continues to be celebrated by his country, the Caribbean and soca fans alike, globally.