The Osaka Riddim is Here
Japan successfully completed its first Caribbean-style Carnival in 2018 and now there’s a riddim that pays homage to the Asian socaholics. Check out this compilation featuring Voice, Kerwin DuBois, Preedy, LFS Music, and 5-Star Akil whose music video for “Personal” showcases the experience of Carnival under The Rising Sun.
Gimme a Wine, Nah
Trinidad’s Nadia Batson is a wicked song writer and vocalist. Her legendary tune “My Posse” catapulted her into the spotlight in 2008. Since then she has written for other artistes, including Machel Montano, Farmer Nappy, and members of her all-lady band Sass. Last year, bandmate Terri Lyons made it to the Soca Monarch finals with her “I Am Lyon” lyrics and everyone was “Catching Feelings.” This year, the Caribbean Girl is back with her new hips-swaying tune “So Long.”
Trinidadian calypsonian Mighty Shadow dies at age 77
Trinidadian calypsonian Winston McGarland Bailey, known to the world as The Mighty Shadow, passed away on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018. Bailey was admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke and was pronounced dead at 3am on Tuesday morning.
Shadow gained notoriety when he won the Road March (the song that was most played when mas bands crossed the stage during the Trinidad Carnival parade) in 1974 with "Bassman" and again in 2001 with "Stranger", making him the competition's oldest winner. He is also known for tunes like “Doh Mix Me Up,” “Dingolay,” … and my favorite “Horn,” in which the singer warns a young man that he needs to have money if he wants to marry.
For those of you who know a bit about DysChick, 2001 was the first year that I played mas in Trinidad and I became an instant fan of these songs and the singer. My deepest sympathies go out to the Bailey family and all those who have been touched by the calypso legend.
If you caught any of the Guyana Carnival stage shows, you caught performances by the artistes featured on this groovy riddim. Take a listen to “Body Talk” by Big Red, “Purrrfect” by Timeka Marshall, “Bamboo Fiah” by Trevon Vibez, and “Cyan Dun” by Lil Red (yes, he is Lil Red’s son). Download these songs from Apple Music and add them to your playlist today!
Get Familiar with these Guyanese Soca Artistes
Guyanese soca artiste Jumo Primo is getting our waistlines ready for Guyana Carnival 2018. The lead singer of Byron Lee’s Dragonnaires has become the face of Guyanese soca and is best known for his raspy voice and wire waistline. So how many women will be brave enough to pelt it on Mr. "Rubber Waist" at Guyana carnival?
This GT sistren has been going hard to make sure people know her name and it's working! In February 2008 she was one of the opening acts on Bob Marley’s Tribute concert “ Smile Jamaica” in Montego Bay. She is also one of the "Purrfect" faces of Guyana Carnival and is ready to take her sound to the world! For her 2019 release, she worked with New York’s hitmakers Problem Child & Fryktion!
I love Trevon's story. Like me, he returned to Guyana for six months vacation in 2016 and fell in love with his homeland. Since then he has performed with major artistes like Machel Montano , Bunji Garlin , and many Guyanese artiste at various stage shows around the country. His smooth melodic voice makes his groovy soca songs so addictive. Get familiar!