DABENZ, lead vocalist of OXYGEN

After I read your statement on Kompamagazine and the comments that followed, I feel compelled to write this piece to address a few points with you. (See Kompamagazine link below)  


The more you talk about ZENGLEN and RICHIE, the more you sound stuck on that past, and people will see in you a crying and desperate artist looking for attention which you cannot possibly get where you are at.

You have a band now called OXYGEN, do you not? So stay there and accomplish the things you said you did not get to accomplish in ZENGLEN because MAESTRO RICHIE did not give you the chance.

You can still make it in the business. You just have to have a working game plan. Stop wasting your time dwelling on the past; work hard towards accomplishing your goals; and produce great songs, not garbage (by great songs, I mean those with no expiration date).

You have been to two great Konpa Direk schools -SYSTEM BAND and ZENGLEN. So you should have garnered enough knowledge and experience to be able to stand on your own two feet and be successful.

If all you are doing is talking and making silly remarks like the one you made on Kompamagazine, in an attempt to seize the spotlight, you will be wasted and your stardom will vanish (y ap blaze w ak klowòks, e w ap pèdi frechè atis ou). Have the market talk about you for the great and hit songs you have in your repertoire. That’s how you get recognized and respected in the business. Your work, not your mouth, should be doing all the talking points.

Have you realized how you are being literally trashed and slammed on Kompamagazine? I hope that is telling you something. For the sake of not calling unnecessary attention upon you, please take a spotlight or media vacation and concentrate on your next album, if you have one cooking that is. Out of sight, out of mind.

Well, I hope you read and copy me loud and clear. By the way, I still stand strong and resolute by what I said to you before -you made a terrible mistake for having not returned to SYSTEM BAND after you got voted out of ZENGLEN. It is still not too late to make up your mind and regain control of your singing career. Right now, like many who had preceded you in the business, you are a talent on the verge of being wasted as a result of stupid and short-sighted decisions.



It is now no secret that Dabenz got voted out unanimously by his bandmates. At unanimity he got voted out, meaning not one member of the band wants him in. A decision like that would make you automatically think that he must have done something really stupid and out of line that could jeopardize the interests of the band, right? No, such is not the case. According to Kompamazine.com reporting the reason for his firing, “They estimate that DABENZ was bringing more negativity to the band ‘ANBA ANBA’ and they claim that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” http://kompamagazine.com/kmboard/viewtopic.php?t=32610

Let’s take a moment to analyze the Kompamagazine report. This is a decision taken on the career of an artist on the basis of a baseless claim –Dabenz was bringing more negativity to the band clandestinely. The word clandestinely is exactly what sells them out. Clandestinely or “anba anba” means that they do not have proof that the wrongdoings he has been accused of hold any truth. Where are the facts to corroborate such allegation? How come none of these negativities has ever been known to the press? These guys basically rely on baseless claims circulating through the grapevine to mess with someone’s career.

According to Basekompa.com, all this nonsense about Dabenz bringing more negativity to the band clandestinely is not the true reason behind the firing. The website reported, which the artist later confirmed, that while Dabenz was on stage performing in Haiti at Miche’s Garden with the band, he got embarrassed and humiliated by Brutus. The later, in many instances, ordered the sound engineer to turn Dabenz’s microphone down low so that they do not hear him out in the speakers; he wanted only Kenny’s voice to come out, a way to boycott Dabenz. http://basekompatv.com/forum.html But what could be the reason for the boycott, though?

They wanted to boycott Dabenz because apparently there has been some sort of a power strife going on inside the band. The public is more in tune with him than Kenny, and Brutus was not feeling too keen about that. He wanted to promote Kenny, yet the public has chosen Dabenz. It is like fighting against the will of nature. The public wants something, yet he wants to resist it. Why punishing Dabenz because Kenny is not commercial and hype?

Now, let me talk to these guys for a minute. You guys are the reason why Zenglen, a band that is playing extremely well, is going down. The public does not have faith in you anymore. They realize now that you guys don’t know what you want and have no sense of direction. You throw Dabenz away to sell Kenny to a public that does not even want him. You cannot shove him down the public’s throat. Go look around and find someone else. Kenny cannot do it; he does not have what it takes to be what you guys want him to be for the band –a frontline superstar. Trust me on that.

Dabenz’s home of record is New Jersey. The people here love and see him as their own. They take to heart the way you guys treated him. I think you are going to have to do a lot of PR work to appease the rage of the community here. The word in the streets of New Jersey now is to proceed with operation boycott against Zenglen in the state. I am urging you guys to not come to New Jersey any moment soon, not until the people’s fury is rescinded, for you may be chased out. Don’t say you did not get the message. You are not going to treat the man so unfairly like that to think that everything is cool. M swete nou jwenn nouvel la.