Spellbinding soulful melodies
Kalpee Is a rising artist from Trinidad & Tobago and part of a new generation of Caribbean musicians pushing a fresh tropical sound aptly named “New Calypso”.
Having just spent 3 weeks in the UK MusicWeek Black Chart Top 20 after peaking at #4, Kalpee continues to build on the explosive success of this year’s music releases which saw coverage from all sides of the globe. Radio support came from the likes of Capital Xtra, BBC 1xtra, Amazing Radio, BBC London and Slam, while in press Kalpee gained accolades from Notion, Wonderland, Clash and Wordplay Magazine, praising his spellbinding soulful melodies and modern fusion of Calypso, dancehall, and reggae rhythms.
Kalpee has previously worked with platinum recording superstar Stefflon Don on his sun-soaked single “Gimme De Ting”,‘ & Jamaican “Lightening” singer Mortimer on their “Lessons” release. He has also worked with an elite lineup of Grammy Award-winning producers & writers including Carla Marie Williams (Beyonce, Sean Paul), Yei Gonzales (Diplo, Dj Khaled) & The Anmls (The Weeknd, Future, BANKS, Belly, French Montana).
Founded in 2021 by Trinbagonian artist Kalpee and his manager Miss Vivianna and now the Official Caribbean Stage at SXSW Austin Texas and Music Matters Singapore in summary, “Island Wave” provides funding and creates spaces on stages which would not usually cater for a line-up of established and talented emerging Caribbean musical artists.
Island Wave endeavours to create opportunities for Caribbean heritage music to belong and be performed globally at established international events. It makes way for Caribbean participation at events that would not usually cater for Caribbean music by being able to fill sections or entire shows.
The platform has 3 pillars of activation: Commercial Events, Creative Industries and Community Outreach.
It provides the opportunity for artists to participate at both commercial festivals, where artists are paid to perform and creative industry festivals, which are unpaid but offer artists the opportunity to be seen by industry professionals and network for further opportunities.
Additionally, the community-led Island Wave also has development initiatives that include a tour of historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the USA, which touches upon the heritage and culture of Caribbean music, the impact of positive music on mental health and mental health awareness (especially men’s mental health within the Caribbean communities), and more recently, Island Wave is working with the Global Gift Foundation to host the very 1st Global Gift Gala in the Caribbean in 2022 to benefit local charities within the West Indies.