Updated 19-oct-13 4:43 PM






Music Saved Me!

By: Gregory Lewin 09/29/2013

Sometimes life throws some of the greatest challenges at us to see how well we can handle them. How well we can put one and two together and crack the code to find the message hidden within the secret messages. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don’t. It all comes down to determination and the goals we want to achieve in life.

Sometimes life’s destiny takes us to another land to pursue our dreams and put our greatest potential to work, our God given talent and strength. Sometimes the road may seem dark and lonely but hanging tight and letting life takes its course may yield some of the greatest achievements.

All comes at a price, sometimes we have to drop friendships because of their negativity even family members may have to go at times in order for one to pursue their dreams as there is no rewind in life. You cannot say you’ll do it next time around, life is one.

I strongly believe everyone has a purpose in life and you must dig deep within to find that purpose. Who knows? Your purpose maybe to help the poor, adapt a animal, volunteer at an elderly home and so on. You just cannot live and wake up each day without doing anything other than pleasing yourself. You are here for a purpose and if you cannot find your purpose don’t try to hinder another’s purpose in life. Your purpose maybe to write and sing beautiful lyrics as it is with Caribinghi, a remarkable young man who has taken the music industry by storm far away from his homeland.

Caribinghi hailed from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, born to a native from Tasbapauni and a Swedish father.  At a very young age he migrated to Sweden with his parents. One would think life would be like a street paved with gold and diamonds but it wasn’t easy for Caribinghi as he faced many adversities in his young life but instead of falling victim he looked to music to overcome them.

This young man is an example of what we all have deep inside of us. He found his purpose deep within and decided it was time to pursue it. He is well respected in the music industry in Europe and has had the opportunity to showcase his Nicaraguan roots being the opening act for many renowned reggae artists from Jamaica.

When I first heard the track “Hold On” I was taken to another land. Could this artist who sings like many of the Jamaican artists really be from our beloved Caribbean coast? His lyrics are prophetic and are spot on. I am sure when many of you listened to this track you will find that within you there is a purpose and you may start pursuing that purpose. “Hold on to your dreams and don’t let them get you down”

When I learned that this gifted and talented young man has Nicaraguan blood running through his veins I had to track him down as I had to get a sense of his frame of mind when he sits down to write his lyrics. It was one of the greatest achievements of my life to have had the opportunity to interview Caribinghi and now it is my pleasure to share this with you. I hope each of you find this an inspiration to help you find your talent and purpose in life.      

Before posting Caribinghi sent us his latest release "DEVINE"

Videos: "Hold On" and "Devine"

Pulse: Tell us who is Caribinghi (Malcolm Caribinghi Clarence Hodgland)?

Caribinghi: Who is caribinghi.. good question. Caribinghi is an independent artist, everything I am today and everything I have I ‘ve worked hard for, and nobody could take that from me.
I’m a husband, loving father, good friend, reacher, preacher, achiever & a great dancer (jokes) im very humble towards everyone I meet. But if u handle me the scissors I will cut u off ( Guess I got that attribute from my mother lol) still I’m never judgmental.  I love cookin, reading books, good documentaries & of course Makin Music.

Pulse: Your facebook profile says that you were born in Bluefields, Nicaragua to a native Caribbean mother , could you tell us a little about your parents, who are they and how have they influenced your life?

Caribinghi: Well my Mother’s name is Nelly Clarence Crawford she was born in Tasbapauni,  Daughter to Malcolm Clarence Crawford (my grandfather whom I got my name from) & Armonia Clarence Crawford ( My loving Grandmother) Later on they moved to bluefields my mother is the oldest one with 6 siblings. My father is Ingemar Hogland, He left Sweden at the age of 20 to work for different Help organizations as a Water Driller all around the world. Most of his years of work he’s been in Africa, about 16 years he has spent in Africa to later on work in Latin America and finally settled down in Nicaragua.  At the time he met my mother he worked at the goldmine in Limon. They got married and she gave birth to me and my older brother (he also lives here) so after a couple years they decided to move to Sweden.

Today my father is a retired man and lives with my mother in Dalarna “the valleys”  (where I grew up) a small village here in Sweden called Bengtsbo.  It is located Countryside and mostly surrounded with farmers and cattle.  I was only 3 years old when we moved to Sweden so u could say I was raised in this country but my mother made sure from day 1 that me and my brother wouldn’t forget our heritage so She only spoke creole with us and only read us books in English.

When we moved here, Sweden was a very Rich country with no financial problems at all. My father didn’t want us to get spoiled like other kids so he taught us to work hard for what we wanted. He started his own water drilling company and had me and my brother working with him every summer to give us good work ethics. And I thank him for that.

My mother went to school to learn Swedish and kept on studying until she got her Professors  masters degree. Today she is a school teacher, and teaches Spanish & English. She has always been a caring mother,  she gave us lots of strength and lots of love, taught us to stand up for ourselves and never give in to peoples ignorance.

Sweden didn’t have a lot of immigrants at the time, and me and my brother faced lots of racism everyday at school and the teachers didn’t give it any attention at all. I can remember one day comin home cryin and my mother just couldn’t bare anymore, so she told us to beat up the next kid that mentioned anything about our skin color. And we did. all of a sudden we were the popular kids at school haha.

Pulse: What part of Bluefields did you lived in before migrating to Sweden

Caribinghi: Actually we lived in Managua, but my family is from Three Cross and many of dem are still there.

Pulse: When did you migrate to Sweden? 1989

Pulse: How old were you when you left Bluefields?

Caribinghi: I was 3 years

Pulse: Have you been back to Bluefields since you left?

Caribinghi: Of course! Back and forth, but its been 4 years now since I last went. Plane tickets from this side of the world are very expensive!

Pulse: You mentioned that you used music to get away from the harsh reality of your surroundings in the area you grew up in and to keep you out of trouble, can you elaborate a little more on this?

Caribinghi: Yes, well as I mentioned before Sweden had lots of racism at the time so when I reached high school fights would get more brutal and everyone had their own “gangs” From being the only immigrants at school more and more started to come. And racism grew with that. So I guess by “nature” all of us with non Swedes were drawn to each other. We had all kinds of nationalities in our “crew”, Africans, Indians, Caribbean, Asians, Gipsy’s, Latin, middle eastern, and of course Swedes too. By the time we were done with school u could say we were one of the most fierce “gangs” in our city. With a network of friends from 3-4 different cities, cuz that’s all it actually was, we didn’t portray us as a “Gang” we were all just friends lookin out for each other and yes we might have committed crimes but we would never hurt innocent people. We chased away Nazi organizations from our cities and if someone had a problem we dealt with it. Period. Drugs was flowing everywhere and after some years friends got greedy and bad things started to happen, some overdosed, some got locked up, some went missing and I guess all of that just was too much for me. I didn’t know what my future would look like, either dead or locked up so I started writing down my feelings on paper, recorded my first song at a friends house and I guess that was the start of my career. Music Saved me. It gave me the right tools I needed to get out of my misery. It became my therapy.

Pulse: Which artist influences you?

Wow, good one. Lots of artists! I can mention some that have influenced me thru the years., Lucky Dube, Bob Marley, Supercat, Sizzla, Capleton, Buju, Gappy ranks, Tracy Chapman, Joyce Bond, Ninja Man, Yellow Man, Don Carlos ,Tupac, Biggie, Michael Jackson, Audra mae, Busy Signal…. The list goes on

Pulse: As I listen to your hit song “Hold On” I must ask what was going through your mind when you wrote the lyrics and what motivated you to write such beautiful lyrics and what exactly is the message you want your listeners to take away from it?

Caribinghi: I give thanks for your kind words. I recorded that song at 05:00 in the morning, I remember it was raining that morning when I woke up. I was visiting my parents home in the valleys so I slept on the top floor and outside my window I could hear the rain shatter on the terrass rooftop below, and I just couldn’t get back to sleep. So, I figured maybe I had to get some thoughts out of my head. I rigged up my portable studio and just had my words flow straight from the top of my head. I didn’t write down anything, I just had my inner voice speak & a hour later HOLD ON was done. I guess the message I wanted to give is just keep up the faith, Hold on to that dream or thing that u strive for, life has its ups and downs and if u find urself in a hole then stop digging. Theres a saying that I love “Joy wouldn’t feel so nice if it wasn’t for pain, sunshine wouldn’t be essential if it wasn’t for rain” and that’s what its all about… LIFE BALANCE, we are all part of the same puzzle.

I can’t tell you how to figure out your part of the puzzle, No one but urself can do that, Free up ur mind and find ur own balance. I have to Bigup my brethrens ONE DROP MUSIC from down south for that riddim BIG RIDDIM and a BIG PRODUCTION as always!

Pulse: The majority of your lyrics deals with the everyday struggles of life, what frame of mind are you in when you sit down to write?

Caribinghi: Its kind of funny u mentioning it, I never thought of it before until recently when my friend “manager” asked me the other day. Hard to say really, I guess I’ve seen a lot thru these years and my head has been telling me to get it out. To tell u all the truth, I don’t write down lyrics anymore, I just listen to my inner voice and I record it right away, if sumtn doesn’t feel or sound right I go back and record it again until it speaks back to me.

Pulse: When writing, what comes first music or lyrics?

Caribinghi: Both, sometimes the riddim tells u what to do, and other times u just take the lead and make the riddim follow. So a mixture of both I'd have to say.

Pulse: what was it like to open for Mr. Vegas?

Caribinghi: It was Great! Even thou am not a big fan of him it was great. He has many hit songs so it was all good promotion for me as well, and I have to say it was maybe one of the best performances from my side. I was suppose to open for Sizzla too during his visit here in Sweden but the Gay community threatened to make a riot so the club owner cancelled the show and it started a big debate here in Sweden which led nowhere. So they had me opening for Mavado instead which also was a great experience.

Pulse: Do you have any plans to do a show in Bluefields in the near future to showcase your talent to your natives?

Caribinghi: Well am planning to take my daughter there next year so she can experience the vybe and meet her relatives. And if someone wants to have me for a show I’m more than happy.

Pulse: Are you currently touring ?

Nope, I have taken a year of so I can focus more on my family and my musical growth. But now am ready to get back out there, Im almost done with my new mixtape and Album so currently we are working on some new videos to promote the new style I have developed.

Pulse: Tell us who or what is the most important in your life and why

Caribinghi: I’d have to say my wife, Daughter and my whole family. Becoming a father and having a loving family is the biggest blessing in my life. To wake up every morning and see ur wife next to you and ur daughters smile when she sees that ur up, That’s Love






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