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Day 38 – Kerwin “Boyaka sMash” Gardiner

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Young, but fiercely passionate about his culture and the elements of his birthplace that embody it; Trinidad and Tobago’s Titan VCD has stood firmly for Soca music.

Part and parcel of the Asylum Vikings, the young creative mind has had his ability tested in various aspects of the entertainment landscape. He has conceptualized and hosted numerous events, not only in Trinidad and Tobago but across the Caribbean, earning the respect of large audiences and carving a space for himself in the mix.

As a DJ, Titan, whose real name is Kerwin Gardiner, has managed to deliver well to soca loving audiences near and far. His young, vibrant energy has offered him the opportunity to earn the support of a youthful demographic, allowing him the chance to infect young minds with the music of his homeland.

Titan is also a photographer and even here, he represents for Soca, taking awesome shots of his Asylum Vikings family, while they’re on the road, sharing Soca with the world at large.

In recent years, Titan has conceptualized the Boyaka sMash concept, which is aimed at reinvigorating the mood of music and encouraging the world to dance again.

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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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