Port of Spain, 10th March 2022: The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) has once again partnered with Island Wave (FKA Island Stage) to present “Sounds of the Caribbean” at SXSW 2022 in Austin, Texas.
“Island Wave” is a platform dedicated to bringing music of the Caribbean to the forefront of the international music scene. Pioneered by rising artist Kalpee who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, the aim was to create a platform for Caribbean artists to come together, to showcase, celebrate and support each other. Last year, the platform was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hosted performances by Kalpee, Tessellate, Mortimer, Sevana, Khalia and others.
This year, on Friday, March 18th, the very first physical “Island Wave” stage will take over Flamingo Cantina Austin, Texas as part of the official SXSW festivities. Kalpee will be joined by some of the fastest rising names in the Caribbean scene; Grammy and Emmy-nominated Tessellated, Soca songstress Nailah Blackman, genre-bending “Magic” singer Jimmy October, Trinbagonian band Freetown Collective and Jaz Elise, the Jamaican contemporary artist who fuses soul, R&B, reggae and dancehall seamlessly.
“I am so very appreciative of all the experiences I have been blessed with, in being able to travel internationally as part of my musical career. Through my travels, I came to understand that what is lacking in the West Indies, is structure and resources into the creative arts for us to compete with the rest of the world. This is how “Island Wave” came to be, as I realized that by coming together to represent Caribbean music with my peers, we can showcase our heritage, musical genres and individuality. In recognizing the importance of having a venue and stage which represents music from the West Indies, SXSW has given Caribbean Music an international platform to showcase on and we are beyond grateful for their support and continued support in committing to Island Wave 2022,23,24 and beyond.” – Kalpee
“MusicTT is thrilled to continue this partnership with Island Wave to ensure that local atristes, as well as artistes from the greater Caribbean, are showcased at global Music festivals. We have such an extensive range of talent and it is our mission to share them with the world.” Melissa Jimenez, General Manager, MusicTT.
For more information, visit www.izaislandwave.com. To keep up to date with this and other MusicTT news, follow @musicoftt on Instagram and Facebook.
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