As talk of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2022 maintains some momentum with stakeholders weighing in on the practicality of a festival being hosted, soca artistes like Fay Ann Lyons and her husband, Bunji Garlin, are hard at work. The duo, still overseas, having spent most of the summer in the US, have unleashed a brand new track, collaboratively done and totally out of the box. This morning, Bunji declined to comment on the new single or anything else for that matter, telling us that he preferred to focus on releasing good music for the people at this present time.
The new single is a crossover into the mainstream ‘rave’ genre that is huge in places like Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New York. Blending the traditional hyped sound of Soca music with the Rave element, breeds a flavour that they both deliver comfortably on. In 2015, Lyons-Alvarez experimented with the sound when she unleashed the powerful, ‘Raze’- a tune that proved to be a truly epic fetter’s anthem. Now, fast forward to 2021, as the world anticipates a revival of energy to life, she comes hard again, this time with her husband, in a song they’ve called, ‘What You See.’
The new single was collaboratively written by both artistes and produced by St. Lucia’s, Lashley ‘Motto’ Winter and Yannick Plante. The track sits on the Ibiza Riddim, which also features Motto and St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous.
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Sistaron’s Trailblazing. Artist’s New Hit Single, ‘Fwd’, Is All That!
Rhonda Knights is the undisputed female HipHop queen of Trinidad and Tobago and this incontestable fact facilitated her rise to acclaim in the 90’s in Trinidad and Tobago, but she’s far from done. As fierce as she’s ever been, Sistaron, as she’s popularly known, now delivers another hit single, this time with melody that’s intrinsically Soca.
Even amid pandemic restrictions, Sistaron remained focused, bent on delivering her unique sound, and that she has. She’s made a point of blending her country’s sweet, Soca melody with a few lines that bring home the head- bopping fire she’s well known for. ‘Fwd’ is a lyrically sound piece of work that’s uplifted with the production skill of none other than producer, LL Cool Blaze, with mastering by Keron ‘Sherrif’ Thompson. Peter ‘Wildfire’ Noel is credited with vocal co-production, building on their relationship from her previous release, ‘Waiting for You.’
When she re-emerged onto the Caribbean music circuit two years ago, Sistaron received a warm welcome. Her single, ‘Look Ting Now’ was enough to prove that she was prepared to leave a lasting impression. Now, with a thirst to deliver music that fans and people from all walks of life can relate to, dance and sing along to, the former Keskidee Karavan hit maker, elevates with ‘Fwd.’
“It’s a track that anyone can relate to – men and women,” she explained, adding that this particular single isn’t being marketed specifically to the carnival season. “A lot of the artistes have changed that mindset of creating music with lyrics specific to carnival. The pandemic showed many of us what needed to change. We’re at a crossroads where we simply want to release music for consistency and we don’t want to be pressed for a certain time period,” she said. The Miami based artist highlighted the chaos often caused when music is released specifically for the Carnival season, with artistes all clamoring for radio airplay. “This situation may prove beneficial to the industry, since now we can all focus on delivering music anytime, irrespective of a festival per say.”
Still, the carnival lover maintains hope that Trinidad and Tobago will see brighter days ahead. “Many of us out here in the US are concerned because we know the strain the economy back home, is under. We know what our contribution annually, means to the economy,” she said, highlighting that no matter what, Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival is essential.
Equipped with her individual style and flair, Sistaron says it’s never easy to reinvent oneself and keep going, and for that, she’s immensely satisfied with her determination. “I’m shocking myself all the time,” she said, laughing at the moments she often finds herself pondering the fact that she wrote the music she just happens to be singing. “Someone once told me that I should keep adjusting my crown, because they’re watching, and that fueled me to keep going,” she admitted, adding, “reinventing myself and producing good stuff is giving me my own vibe right now.”
She tells up and coming creatives to avoid placing boundaries on themselves, saying that it’s good to broaden their perspective so they can see a wider spectrum of all that they can be. Her new single is testimony to that mindset- the artist explaining that it all came together as it needed to, after multiple random chats with friends and even a chance encounter with an Afro Beats mixtape she’d heard almost two years before. “This song is made up of a little of everything, meshed perfectly to deliver a huge something that’s not only relatable, but honest and real,” she said.
For the very latest on Sistaron, follow her on Instagram @sistaron.
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Randy Glasgow Calls for Carnival 2022 Feasibility Study.
Even as NCC Chairman, Winston Gyspy Peters along with the Carnival Bands Association have hinted that they could be ready to pull off Carnival in February, 2022, promoter, Randy Glasgow is adamant that a feasibility study is needed before any kind of decision is made. Today, Glasgow called on Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley to refrain from taking the advice of National Carnival Commission Chairman, Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, to host any kind of carnival in February 2022, pointing to the increased COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country.
“We are suggesting that the NCC first do a feasibility study to stage a Hybrid version of Carnival in 2022, in August or September,” said Glasgow, noting that there would be no clashing of carnivals with New York or London, should they host their festivals, next year. “At this hybrid version, we must ensure that, once funding is coming from government, our soca artistes, steel pan players, calypsonians, the mas fraternity, chutney singers and other creatives be the main beneficiaries of any government financial contribution,” said Randy.
He suggested that the hybrid version of Carnival in 2022, be used strategically, as a marketing tool to effectively promote the return of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival in 2023. “For instance, let’s use the entire roadway around the Queen’s Park Savannah as the stage for mas revellers to enjoy and display their mas, practising social distancing and observing other health and safety protocols set by the Ministry of Health and strictly enforced,” he said, adding that the same could be done across other safe zones in the country, using stadia perimeters and large recreation grounds. Glasgow endorsed the concept of carnival related entertainment events and shows across the country, using designated safe zones and facilities, but maintained that the NCC’s rationale for wanting to host some kind of carnival in 2022 “is not in the best interest of our country and the citizens at this time.”
Last week. in an interview with EBUZZTT, Mr. Peters said while the Miami Carnival model did in fact work effectively for them, this did not mean that Trinidad and Tobago could ultimately follow suit. He explained that the dynamics surrounding Miami’s culture, its people and its resources, were not the same for Trinidad and Tobago, and as such, while some elements of the festival’s execution could be emulated, he would not say this was a reason for T&T to go ahead with hosting the festival in 2022.
Glasgow, in quoting Peters via other forums as saying, “If Miami could stage a carnival, we could do it too,” said he does not agree. “First of all, Miami has the healthcare infrastructure and professional manpower to handle any COVID-19 outbreak if one did occur. T&T is not in any position presently to handle any massive outbreak if one occurred.
Glasgow further urged the NCC and its main stakeholders to work with the Ministry of Health in getting unvaccinated, creative stakeholders, vaccinated.
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