Not too long ago, when people spoke about local music, they didn't always mean "soca". In fact, I remember a lot of pop and R&B in my growing up years. Ever so often, I'll pull out my Best of Wildfire CD and spend an afternoon grooving at home to Tony Wilson and Oliver Chapman. And Nadie La Fond's "Wanna Make Love to You" is still as sweet today as the day that I first heard it.
But Trinidad and Tobago does indeed produce a lot of local content other than soca music. Most might only know the name Marlon Asher, but there is a whole raft of reggae artists here with recorded music. There's rock, pop, soul, jazz... There's also a vibrant hip-hop movement with artists the likes of Chromatics and Spotrushaz, the latter of whom has a track on the 2K Sports' NBA 2K10 soundtrack. But there's a whole lot more music out there and today I feature a track that I ran across this weekend.
Via TriniJungleJuice.com, I give you "Rollin inna Sunny" by Nebula868 and Terri Lyons, the daughter of Austin Lyons, our own phenom Super Blue. Their video shot in and around Port of Spain features an icon that is distinctly Trinbagonian - a beat-up multicoloured Nissan Sunny. It's a neat little production with at least one of the artists eschewing the obligatory American accent in delivering his vocal contribution. Even if you're not a fan of hip-hop, it's worth a quick peep to see what some of our local artists are doing.
Link to the video at the TriniJungleJuice site is http://tinyurl.com/musicmonday20100521