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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”51087″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Shurwayne Winchester is, and forever will be, “The Iron Man.” His voice, one of a very few, melodious sounds in the Soca arena, is truly a Caribbean gem. This multi-time, Road March, Soca Monarch and Groovy Soca Monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago, has been a part of the soca industry for more than a decade, having been a frontline singer with the now defunct, Traffic, before stepping out on his own and forming the band he coined,“YOU”.

Well travelled and certainly an artiste with tremendous stage experience, Shurwayne has proven his worth as an entertainer, delivering countless Carnival hits. Even outside of the carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago he unleashes songs that reflect his ability to go against the norm, collaborating with Jamaican entertainers and often time, showing the world that he is more than just a soca artiste.

Songs like “De Band Coming,” “Dead or Alive”, and “Open De Gate” will forever be reminders of a time when Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago was an expression of true freedom, wild abandon and excitement. Winchester’s Groovy anthems, songs like, “Come Beta” with Destra Garcia, “Alequa”, “Take Your Time”, “Carnival Please Stay,” “Wine On It” and the countless other sexy soca tracks, show the artiste’s versatility and his true vocal range.

Shurwayne Winchester has been a consistent force on the music landscape in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. He has performed on numerous stages and even opened for international recording artiste, John Legend in 2009 in Trinidad. Over the years, his catalogue of music has proven vast and varied, offering a little something for every occasion, even Christmas in the islands. A true patriot, Shurwayne has delivered nation building songs and ballads that speak of the beauty that exists in the land of his birth.

Now somewhat of an event promoter, Winchester has added two carnival events to the Trinidad and Tobago carnival calendar. His fetes- hosted on each of the islands, have received rave reviews to date and will likely expand to include much more, in the future. Shurwayne Winchester is certainly a living soca icon.

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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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