The Caribbean is a joyous musical cruise to the Caribbean featuring the irresistible rhythms of soca, reggae, merengue and more! This album will have you tapping your feet, shaking your waist and jumping up to dance. This is a wonderful compilation of Caribbean sounds and artists. A definite must have in your music collection!
Kali – Aline Vole
Stanley Beckford – Sam Fi Man
Claudius Phillips & O.R.E.O. – Overtime (Nami Chens Pa Mi Biba)
Ska Cubano – Chango
Mika – Bel Fanm
Coalishun – Thundah
Waldo Mendoza – Pasa un Tiempo Viejo
Marce & Toumpak – Bon Tche
Skatalites – Freedom Sounds
Jab Jab – Rev It Up
Jandy Feliz – Los Amores
Militant – Hot & Groovy
About the Artists and Songs
Chart toppers No Doubt, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and others owe much of their success to Jamaican legends The Skatalites, who helped pioneer and popularize ska around the world. Their contribution to the album, “Freedom Song,” shows influences of American jazz, swing, and rhythm and blues, as well as Trinidadian calypso and Jamaican mento.
Mento, a Jamaican folk style that is a predecessor of reggae, has been widely championed by Stanley Beckford. An underground legend, Beckford grew up singing in his church choir and winning talent competitions. Now in his 60s, he has experienced a career revival after recording two critically acclaimed albums for French major labels. His cover of the mento classic “Sam Fi Man,” (Jamaican slang for “con man”) warns of those trying to pull a fast one.
Breakout star Mika mixes the compas music of his native Haiti with influences of calypso, R&B, reggae and pop to create a gentle breezy groove. After attending college in Montreal, Mika recorded a hit song that quickly established him as a leading figure in the compas scene, and has just released his first solo album. On “Bel Fanm” he sings of Haiti’s beautiful women.
Militant is quickly joining Sean Paul and other Caribbean stars with crossover appeal. This new artist struts his stuff on the track “Hot & Groovy.” Using a sample from Putumayo recording artist Habib Koite’s song “Saramaya,” Militant creates a quintessential soca party song that has erupted as an enormous hit in the Caribbean.
The Caribbean party flavor of newcomers Jab Jab will also have audiences dancing. Based in Montreal, the band is a unique discovery and their song was added to The Caribbean even though they are still relatively unknown in their native islands of Trinidad and Grenada. They were discovered on a three track demo acquired by Putumayo’s Jacob Edgar. A song of true soca origins, “Rev It Up” does just that with a live brass section.
Although most of the artists appearing on The Caribbean have experienced limited fame, all deserve wider recognition. Discover why Martinique’s Kali and Marce & Toumpak have deep-rooted local celebrity status and why Ska Cubano, whose mix of Jamaican ska and soulful Afro-Cuban son, are gaining stardom in Europe. The Caribbean has long been a bastion of musical innovation and The Caribbean shows that today’s artists are continuing to build on its powerful musical heritage.