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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”51000″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Singer, Songwriter Nadia Batson is a true Caribbean girl. As a vocalist, her style is unlike any other entertainer and her pitch resoundingly her own. She owns her territory when she hits any stage and with a collection of amazing soca anthems that include, ‘My Posse, ‘My Land’, ‘One Island’, ‘No Pressure’, ‘Caribbean Girl’, ‘More Nadie’ ‘ Manager’ and among her latest contenders, ‘Replace’, Batson remains a force in the Soca music industry.

She had been mentored by the late, great, Andre Tanker – a Caribbean musician she calls one of her top influencers. She had been a part of Tanker’s One World Contraband where remained up until his death in 2003. She subsequently became a magical part of Kes The Band, singing female frontline vocals alongside the band’s star, Kees Dieffenthaller. In 2011, after years with Kes, Nadia took the plunge, forming her own band she called, SASS. It would be an all-female band, the first all-female soca band in the Caribbean and perhaps the world.

More than a female Soca vocalist, Nadia Batson is one of the best songwriters in the Caribbean. Her client list is long and her songs are almost always hits. In fact, many would remember the songs ‘Sleeping in My Bed’ and ‘Go Ahead’ sung by Michelle Sylvester. Those were both penned by Batson. She has also written for Tizzy out of Antigua, catapulting the singer to Caribbean-wide recognition.

Nadia Batson has been and continues to be one of the most sought after vocalists when it comes to doing background vocals as well. The Digicel brand – a global telecoms brand, has undoubtedly observed Batson’s ability as a stakeholder of the music industry. In 2014, she was recruited by the company’s Trinidad and Tobago arm to form part of the judges’ panel for the eighth season of Digicel Rising Star- Trinidad and Tobago. Her contract was subsequently renewed for the ninth season.

In 2016, Nadia Batson branched out into another territory in the realm of entertainment, creating her signature line of Carnival Monday wear for Trinidad and Tobago’s 2017 Carnival parade. She dubbed it HIMAYA and immediately created a stir of positive chatter, as it was immediately clear that her line, collaboratively created with designer David Dewer, would be accommodating to all size types and body shapes. HIMAYA offered five options and were an instant hit by carnival mas lovers. Again, Batson proved that her attitude and commitment to entertainment and its varying facets are strong. Toward the end of 2016, the singer who had been in a committed relationship for years with producer, Don ‘Iko’ George of Martian Music, announced her engagement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” css=”.vc_custom_1484621874050{margin-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #8224e3 !important;}” bg_color_value=”#624bc7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

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Day 41 – KI

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]K.I.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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” css=”.vc_custom_1484610929211{margin-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #8224e3 !important;}” bg_color_value=”#624bc7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Angela HunteAll 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.’[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” css=”.vc_custom_1484610929211{margin-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #8224e3 !important;}” bg_color_value=”#624bc7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

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