Rupee is one of the foremost artists in the intoxicating musical movement known as soca (soul + calypso) - the supercharged party music of the Caribbean. Rupee's soca sound is rhythmically complex yet instantly catchy, a non-stop blending of the flavorful, tuneful, and irresistibly danceable.With "1 ON 1," he becomes a major force in the eruption of innovative urban-influenced Caribbean artists who are changing the face of world music.
Rupee’s first success came as a teenager, when he won a popular Barbados talent competition. His performance stole the show and fueled his desire to be an artist. The public’s response to Rupee was tremendous, and in 1977 he was invited to join the top Barbadian band, Coalishun. With no formal musical education, but with an adventurous and well-tuned ear for hooks and vocal arrangements, Rupee became a natural Innovator. As a result, he stoked the progress of soca music, especially expending its reach to the young, by fusing it with hip hop and dancehall.
Though he began as a chanter in the dancehall style, Rupee soon discovered calypso song, and in 1998 wrote the international soca hit "Ice Cream." The song launched his solo career, and he issued three successful solo albums in the early 2000s. Blame It on de Music, Leave a Message, all featured a modernized mix of soca, hip-hop, and R&B flavors, and did well not only in the islands, but at festivals and in clubs around the world, where songs like "Jump" and "Tempted to Touch" were big favorites. That exposure prompted Atlantic Records to sign Rupee in late 2003, after the success of fellow Atlantic artist Kevin Lyttle had proven the eminent marketability of the addictive soca sound. Rupee made his Atlantic debut in late November 2004 with the album 1 on 1, which included the international hit "Tempted to Touch."
Crazy, born Edwin Ayoung 1944, Maraval Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The mother venezuelan and father trinidadian of chinese descent. In his youth a skilful cricket player.
Destiny is a West Indian Crossover Band coming out of Toronto, Ontario. They formed in 2007 and currently is an eight piece band with members consisting of; Stephen Nanan (Founder/Keyboards), Kiran Dindial (Rhythm & Dolak), Visham Dindial (Drumkit), Curtis B (Frontline Vocalist), Kamela Singh (Frontline Vocalist), Kailash Dindial (Frontline Vocalist) and Barry Soodeen (Frontline Vocalist). Together Destiny creates a fusion of sounds and music that incorporate genres like Soca, Reggae, R&B, Chutney, Hip-Hop and Indian.
Beyond Haven began much like any band. In the spring of ’07 two childhood friends (Brian Vain and Dan DeBiasio) who loved playing and writing music together, decided to form a band unlike any other. It started out as more of a project that could allow each member to write songs that reflected a piece of each individual.
Moses Revolution was launched on October 27 2001, while it may be reasonable to assume we are in our infant stage in terms of the short period we have been together as a band, our musicians collectively have over 70 years in the music industry.
THE BAND EXCEL was launched in 2004, under the name Soniks and is comprised of some of Toronto's finest young talent reflective of Toronto's rich Caribbean culture. With members originating from Trinidad, Guyana, and St. Lucia, this dynamic professional ensemble consists of 4 skilled musicians supporting 4 talented vocalists. Our repertoire is versatile, consisting of classic calypso, chutney, soca, reggae and R&B.
Curtis B is definitely a talented singer and an energetic performing sensation. When it comes to audience appeal and spell binding stage performances he is an individual that should not be under estimated. He might be up and coming but he packs a memorable musical punch.
Dance Caribe Performing Company (DCPC)
Dance Caribe Performing Company (DCPC) was founded in 1989 under the direction of Martin Scott-Pascall. As a not-for- profit organization, the group from its beginnings has chosen as its roots Caribbean Dance as its main artistic expression. Now celebrating 23years, DCPC's repertoire of dances embraces the cultural diversity that is unique to the Caribbean. These dances are presented in their traditional form as well as in contemporary and modem dance styles preserving the energy and rhapsody of Caribbean cultural aesthetics.
DCPC has a very strong performing history within the Caribbean Canadian community and over the years has maintained a very active participation in multicultural and international festivities throughout Metro Toronto and South Western Ontario, Québec, USA, Hong Kong and the Caribbean Dominica and Trinidad & Tobago.
Hail from the beautiful Island of Trinidad and Tobago.Guney started performing at age 6 and won his first competition at age 9 (The Penal Calypso Competition) a competition which he dominated for the next 4 years. Guney entered the Canadian scene in 1994. His first recording was released in 1995 and reached the Caribbean Top 20 Chart. Since then Guney went on to record and released many other hit songs and won numerous awards for his achievements including:
Canadian Ex-Tempo Monarch (1998, 1999 & 2000) Miami Int Calypso Monarch (1999) Canadian Calypso Monarch (2000) Just to list a few.
Guney has also performed with some of Calypso's greatest such as The Mighty Sparrow, Baron and Calypso Rose just to name a few and grace many of the big stages in and around Canada and Abroad.Currently part of the Kaiso Forum and with a long lists of Awards, Songs and many Albums under his belt, Guney continues to wow and amaze fans with his songs and performances.
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