The revelry is about to start and the outpouring of Soca is likely to be felt over the next few weeks. Two New York City based Soca artistes aren’t putting anything to chance though, having made it their business to be here, in the heartbeat of the Carnival action, ahead of the season’s commencement.
Rayzor and Leonce- two names that are slowly but surely becoming aligned with Trinidad and Tobago’s seasonal festival, have accomplished their first major seasonal feat. They’ve each released new tracks, Rayzor comfortably adding his touch to the Blue Soap riddim on which artistes like Orlando Octave, Benjai, Rikki Jai, Yankee Boy and Olatunji have also released music. His single, “Glitter and Feathers” is an intoxicating reminder of the season’s true pleasures- the costumes and masquerader’s delight that’s are the core of the action. Rayzor says he’s excited to be here again this year, explaining that he understands the need to personally feel the energy of Trinidad and Tobago at this time of year. “This is where the tempo of the season can be found. It’s hard to be in New York and get the true essence and vibe of things. That’s why I make it my business to be here, to make the rounds, interact with the Djs and personalities and feel the warmth of the people,” he told EBUZZTT.
Leonce too, has new music. This year, she teamed up with super producer, Anson Soverall on a track that’s written by fellow artiste and songwriter, Preedy. “This song is really special, I feel,” said the dreadlock wearing beauty. She’s been quite vocal in radio interviews about her intention to show people a great time with this particular track. “I’ve always been an artiste whose comfort zone has been the rougher type of music- the chanting style,” she explained, but this particular track, she says, welcomes her vocals and allows her to share her true ability with the world. Leonce has been a part of the music business for the past 7 years ; Rayzor much longer. Together they are the frontline vocalists of The Request Band, a unit that’s made up of a number of Caribbean musicians that hail from St. Vincent, St. Lucia and other parts. “It’s not easy to be here each year but we know the importance of capturing T&T’s market. This is home ; this is where its at. This is where we need to be,” said Rayzor.
The duo will likely release another track each, as the season progresses. For Leonce, the excitement for what lies ahead, is indescribable. She recalls having worked alongside Soca superstar, Machel Montano in the US when the Request Band was asked to back him up at an event. “He is a true professional. He does not settle for mediocrity and that’s something I will always admire and strive for,” said the entertainer. She prides herself on being able to make people truly enjoy themselves and believes in the power of a live band. Recently, in a radio interview in Trinidad, Leonce said she anticipates delivering a Power Soca track and is hoping the right team will find her, to deliver that to the people. “Power Soca is what defines us and if we don’t pay attention, we will lose it to another island,” she pointed out, also highlighting that the potential for artistes to earn, lies in Power Soca and stage-show ability.
Both entertainers will return to Trinidad and Tobago in the weeks ahead, ready and excited to be a part of Carnival 2018.