My name is Ricardo Eric McCalpin stage name Wowski; I was born on February 11, 1983; in Kingston, Jamaica. The first school I went to was Old Providence Basic School and then on to Hope Valley Experimental School. I then went on to Mona High School; where I did 5 years of studies. I have conceptualised a program called Fighting Crime with Rhymes and have been touring different schools using music as a social tool for change. i have recently performed on Rebel Salute 2015.
I believe in community and national development, and also have an interest in the resocialisation process of our youths locally and worldwide. Thus I went on and completed 18 months of voluntary work in the National Youth Service.
My mentor, Mr. Trevor Morgan had a keen interest in my potential as a youth from a humble beginning and gave me the motivation to develop myself educationally and professionally. Therefore I went to study at G.C Foster College in 2003; where I spent 4 productive years. Thus I was able to acquire a diploma in education and a Masters of Science in physical education. It was at G.C Foster my writing career began to develop; hence I have received a great accomplishment of writing the college pledge.
While studying at college, I engaged in a number of activities such as writing songs for my album, playing competitive football and involving in social work in my community. I wrote and perform a number of songs that gained rotation on radio in Jamaica and New York. I played for Elletson Flats Football Club; where I was the most valuable player and leading goal scorer in the KSAFA Major League. I also represented my college in the Intercollegiate Competition; where we won 4 consecutive years. I am interested to see others reaches their paradigm of their horizon and I have done some work to ensure youth development in my community. I believe that regardless of how talented or gifted you are; the best thing you will be recognized for is your humanitarian work. Hence, I am the president of the Hermitage Emancipation Youth Club and Chairman of the Emancipation Day Committee; responsible for a youth consciousness seminar on emancipation day in our community of August Town. Wowskimusic comprised a record label, barber salon and clothing brand; it was officially registered in 2008. The company is an industry which is garnering international and local recognition from the different media houses and grass roots people. Since the inception of our company, we have been able to establish a number of annual entertainment events, completed an album, written a book, established wowski designz fashion line and have commenced a social programme with over 25 boys.