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MX Prime

Truly the unconventional, Caribbean entertainer, MX Prime, formerly known as Maximus Dan or Maga Dan, is a Carenage, Trinidad native who has proven that the more one challenges the norm, the more unique one becomes. He is by all accounts, one of Soca music’s most unique entertainers, but wait… we should never box this artiste into any one genre, because he is certainly much more than meets the eye.

Given the opportunity to describe his journey, MX Prime, whose real name is Edghill Thomas may point to the setbacks, the numerous occasions in which he had been by-passed, his music thrown to the side; but in the same breath, he may tell of how these very setbacks made him the great entertainer he is today. Juggling fatherhood, marriage, studio life as both a producer and entertainer and most recently, a full time spot on the urban airwaves as co-host of the Roadshow on the Boomchampions 94.1FM, in Trinidad, MX Prime is proving that every setback is an opportunity to stand taller, to be greater and to prove detractors wrong.

His soca contributions over the years have included ‘Fighter’- the anthem adopted by the Soca Warriors- Trinidad and Tobago’s National Football team, and by and large, the people of Trinidad and Tobago. His remake of Calypsonian Gypsy’s hit, ‘Soca Train’, will also be a consistent reminder of his musical ability. Prime has also given the world,  “Welcome to the Carnival” with fellow entertainer Kerwin Du Bois in 2014, “Building Shake”, “Order”, “Love Generation”, “Kick It Way”, “Be Humble” and most recently, “Full Extreme” and “Stage Gawd” under the banner of Ultimate Rejects- a team which comprises three other musical minds, to whom Prime is loyal.

In 2017, the name MX Prime is mammoth. He is shaking crowds with a refrain that speaks volumes in the present carnival atmosphere and while it is yet to be seen how long he’ll be ‘jammin’ for, most agree that MX Prime is the man in 2017.

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Day 41 – KI

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A major part of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival landscape, Kris Veeshal Persad, best known as KI, is one of the country’s best Chutney Soca contributors. He has won the Chutney Soca Monarch title three times- the last in 2016.

KI is the son of Trinidad’s established keyboardist, bandleader, & producer Veerendra Persad and KI himself started his career in entertainment as a keyboardist at the age of 7.

He competed and won the very first “Children of Mastana” competition and shortly thereafter migrated to Canada where he spent his formative years concentrating on his Academics and studying music.  KI continued to display his commitment and dedication to the band and was given the opportunity to be lead musician and producer for JMC 3veni. He used this experience to produce the band’s last 5 albums, and collaborated with Madmen Productions in producing the massive hit “In Front Of Meh” by Umi Marcano, formally of Machel Montano’s “HD.”

During his career in the chutney soca music arena, KI has delivered songs like, ‘Catch Meh Lovah’, ‘No More Rum Again’, ‘Same Gyal Twice,’ ‘Runaway’ and ‘Baggage’. He has toured the world and even opened for Soca star Machel Montano in Manhattan, NYC.

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Day 40 – Angela Hunte

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All it took was one quick collaboration with the King of Soca, Machel Montano in 2015 for the people of her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the rest of the Caribbean, to fall in love with US based singer songwriter, Angela Hunte.

The Grammy award winner, who is internationally known for her role as contributing writer on the Alicia Keys, Jay Z single, ‘Empire State of Mind’, has certainly immersed herself in the culture of her homeland, proving that she is a Caribbean woman to the core and fully capable of representing the Diaspora with a tremendous sense of ease.

Angela Hunte’s distinct style of soca is truly enticing. Her first collaboration with Machel Montano, a song called ‘Party Done’, heard the vocal range of the Brooklyn resident in a way that immediately sold her to soca music lovers around the world. Onstage, she was the epitome of exuberance. Angela Hunte had sealed the deal and would become a committed part of the Carnival culture of T&T and those experienced around the world.

In 2016, Hunte followed up her ‘Party Done’ anthem with ‘Mon Bon Ami and ‘Like So’. Her 2017 contributions are ‘Big Drum Beat’ and ‘Make Me Go.’

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