Trinibagonian musician Kalpee is part of a group of musicians from his native country and neighbouring islands to revive a global love of ‘Island Pop’ – his latest EP, Feel Good Playlist Vol 1, dropped last month, including calypso single Gimme De Ting featuring SteffLon Don.
The UK-based artist has supplemented his music career with motivational speaking about the importance of equality, diversity and acceptance, including a school tour in the Caribbean last year, and in the UK pre-pandemic.
He’s kindly taken some time out for Bonafide to recommend some Caribbean artists that should be on everyone’s radar.
Aminidi, Tesselated & Valleyz – Pine & Ginger
I remember when I first heard this song, I was so impressed, I shared it with every one of my friends. It was honestly so fresh to hear the sound that he was creating.
I met Tessellated in LA a year ago and we started working on some pretty cool ideas, that I can’t wait for the world to hear, but I also got the privilege to hear some of the music he had been working on and all I’d say is that you all are in for a treat.
Navy / Taste Of Pluto – Scorpio’s Letter
I recently got introduced to Navy (1/3 of hip hop group Taste Of Pluto) on my trip over to Barbados. She’s an artist from Dominica who is so versatile in her style. She reminds me of a Caribbean Lauryn Hill, but with that added Dominican swag in her vocals and production, that no one can copy.
Please don’t stick on getting to know Navy, her music is addictive. You don’t wanna be late on this train.
Jimmy October – Remember The Days
Incredible Trini artist, who calls his sound “New Calypso”. Jimmy is a good friend of mine, who has been working extremely hard at his craft.
We’ve worked together for quite some time pulling from each others musical influences and I’m proud to say that he features on one of my tracks called Wherever You Are, which is one of the most important songs in my career. His sound is nostalgic and it’ll remind of the islands once you take a listen.
Lila Iké – I Spy
I am such a fan of Lila Iké, she’s an amazing artist from Jamaica, with some of the dopest vocals ever. The root of her sound is reggae but she makes it her own, by adding in an RnB Soul vocal, then switching it up from time to time with a sick flow that’s honestly so infectious.
I won’t say Lila is exactly emerging, but just incase you haven’t heard of her, this is your opportunity to get yourself familiar with the incredible talent.
Freetown Collective – Feel the Love / Climb
I’ve been looking up to these brothers for a while and was blessed with the opportunity to work with them on my latest EP Feel Good Playlist Vol 1. They are both artists from Trinidad and Tobago and their style is a modern fusion of Calypso, folk, soca and RnB soul.
There is an energy to their music that you have to experience, because words don’t do it justice. If you’re searching for uplifting and positive music, I can guarantee Freetown Collective will tick some boxes.