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Two NYC musicians rep hard for T&T soca

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Two of New York city’s most respected ambassadors to T&T are ready to infiltrate T&T ahead of the Carnival excitement.

With a couple contributions effectively shared with their home base, Leonce and Rayzor of New York City’s Request Band say they plan on making the public at home in T&T a bit more familiar with them, as the weeks progress, all with the aim of becoming household names as time goes by.
They’ve been pounding the local music circuit hard and heavy. Rayzor’s single, De Weekend, which was offered to DJs in 2017, has been followed up in 2018 with a track on the BlueSoap riddim, called, Glitter and Feathers, an ode of sorts to the masqueraders who’ll hit the streets of Port-of-Spain on carnival Monday and Tuesday.

His laid back demeanor often leaves people guessing whether he’s truly capable of rocking a crowd, but believe it or not, the young entertainer who stands at the helm of the Request Band is no joke when he stands atop a stage.

Together with his fellow front-liner, Leonce, they’ve secured the appreciation and support of many Caribbean people living in the New York City area, often time traveling across states to various carnival festivals and events, where their band is requested to back up main acts and of course, provide the set required to start the party right.

Leonce says she is excited to once again experience the thrills of Carnival in her country of birth. In the past few months she had been working arduously with producer, Anson Soverall and artiste and songwriter, Preedy on a track called, Touch De Road. Together, the threesome delivered to music lovers, a sensational groovy track that has been receiving the nod of approval in recent weeks, from DJs around the country.

“All we can ever hope for is for the people to at least get the opportunity to hear the music we do. A lot goes into creating music- a lot of money, time, energy and of course, passion. The market is very competitive and there are a number of amazing artistes, but I’d like to see some effort being placed on ensuring that more of our soca music is played outside of the Carnival period,” said Leonce.

Like many other artistes who are fighting for a space and platform to be heard in T&T, the twin-island state considered the Mecca of the Carnival vibe, she believes a year round approach to familiarising listeners with the artistes and their music, would do wonders for the culture and the business in general.

Rayzor meanwhile, has a single out with fellow US-based entertainer Yankee Boy. That track, Throw Powder, has been fueling a lot of excitement at events already. Known for his ability to offer visuals to match the lyrics he brings each year, Yankee Boy and Rayzor have been doing the groundwork to ensure that the people feel the vibe of the song, even before it reaches the big fetes.

“This song is very infectious,” said Rayzor.

“The people like the vibe. It’s a traditional carnival song- something that real fetters will enjoy- the people who love to get wild and don’t mind getting dirty.

“Honestly, I feel like many people are yearning for that traditional carnival atmosphere. I’ve heard many DJs and radio personalities talk about how the way we used to fete was way better than what we’re experiencing now and they may be right, but it’s up to us- the musicians and the people who attend the fetes, to bring things back to what we traditionally know the festival to be like.”

Both Leonce and Rayzor will be in T&T for the duration of the Carnival.

Their outlook is good and their energy high as they make all moves to ensure that everyone in T&T knows who they are and what they do, outside of the twin-island Republic for soca music and for the positive representation of the Red, White and Black.



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