On August 24, 2011, Jamaican entertainer Miguel "Sizzla Kolanji" Collins was hospitalised following a motor cycle crash near Runaway Bay in the parish of
St Ann, Jamaica.
Subsequently, the Internet had been flooded with rumours of his death, but the 36-year-old singer/songwriter, although being immobile for several months nursing a broken collarbone, is alive and well. He in fact recently performed for Independence celebrations both in Jamaica and here in Trinidad, where the Sunday Mix caught up with him for a sitdown.
"I'm feeling great!" He enthused, fresh from a shopping trip to Westmall before his performance at Woodford Cafe last Tuesday night.
"Life is the best thing, so I'm glad to be here. I've always been to Trinidad and the Trinidadian people always support me, so it's good to return here."
Nonchalantly, Collins shrugs off the rumours of his demise and skirts around questions about his injuries...
"People have always been saying these things about me," he revealed, "but that's life—even before the accident they were saying things, but they can't keep a good man down. Yuh done know say, good things gonna get a fight at times. It was a nefarious accident, but I pulled through. Give thanks for the Most High and all the prayers and well wishes.
"I had an operation and it was successful, so I'm happy to be here today. I just finished some Independence shows in Jamaica, and I came here to do the 50 Meets 50 show in Tobago, then I came to Trinidad where my good friend Vychalle Singh organised a beautiful show called Up Close and Personal, so basically, I'm just meeting and greeting the fans, just doing the work," Sizzla said.
Singh is amazed at his friend's bravery and shared some intimate details with the Sunday Mix.
"He doesn't like to talk about it," Singh revealed, "but he broke a couple ribs, punctured his lung and still has a big scar down the middle of his chest from the operation. He couldn't record or perform for a good while, and the show on Sunday was the first time I've seen him jump and really perform like he used to.
"He was on stage for over two hours and I think the crowd, the vibes and the energy they gave him really brought him back to his previous form."
Sizzla believes this visit to Trinidad has been highly therapeutic.
"It was a very beautiful show. Splendid, terrific, prolific, magnificent, awesome!" He said. "I'm telling you, the people did turn out still and we had the real hardcore, diehard Sizzla fans.
"Trinidad has been a supporting column in my career ever since, and Trinidadians always support Sizzla, so whenever time you have any occasions like these Sizzla is gonna be representing," he said.