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Day 36 – Drupatee

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DrupateeThe longest standing Queen of Chutney Soca in Trinidad and Tobago and the world for that matter, is none other than Drupatee Ramgoolal. The woman who gave the world “Roll Up De Tassa” –a refrain that’s probably stuck in the brains of most T&T nationals, remains well respected in the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.

From as far back as 1988 Drupatte a native of Penal, South Trinidad, had stolen the hearts of Chutney soca lovers, delivering “Roll Up De Tassa”, a song that would become a Road March contender. Over the years, Drupatee has given fans songs like Pepper, Hotter than a Chulha, Careless Driver, ‘Motilal,’ ‘Tassawalley,’ ‘Manzalina’ and most recently, ‘Real Unity’ alongside Machel Montano.

Drupatee is certainly credited for creating a space for East-Indian artistes in the Carnival arena. Her delivery and the subsequent success of ‘Roll Up De Tassa’ marked the beginning of what is now a milti million-dollar industry within the carnival landscape.

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Day 41 – KI

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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.

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Day 40 – Angela Hunte

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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.’

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