The Island Wave returns to SXSW 2023
April 5th, 2023
The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) was thrilled to once again support the Island Wave and its official Caribbean Stage at SXSW 2023. The showcase event took place on March 17th at the Flamingo Cantina in Austin Texas and held a talented line up of Caribbean artistes, including Kalpee, Jimmy October, Freetown Collective, Mortimer, Ahnansé and headliner, Grammy nominee, Blvk H3ro. The backline band comprised of all Trinbagonian musicians: Rawkus, Joshua Salcedo, Rhys Thompson, Clint Harewood and Kwami Morrison.
The Island Wave brought the most authentic Caribbean experience to the packed venue. The Showcase was hosted by Vayne of Hitz106.7 Barbados. “I am so excited to have joined the Island Wave family as the official host! We are in the process of making history. Island Wave will continue to push boundaries, and smash the glass ceilings that have existed over the heads of Caribbean creatives worldwide.” – Vayne.
This event marks the fourth occasion in which MusicTT has partnered with Island Wave to provide Trinidad and Tobago’s artistes, musicians and Caribbean artistes, with an opportunity to showcase their talent at major international conferences such as SXSW and Music Matters.
“Island Wave” is a platform which not only provides funding to Caribbean artistes to be able to showcase internationally, but also creates spaces on other stages which would not usually cater for a line-up of established and talented emerging Caribbean musical acts. Island Wave, founded by local artiste Kalpee, is dedicated to bringing music of the Caribbean to the forefront of the international music scene. With the help of funding, the platform will have an incredible year ahead, with the aim of not only sharing the sounds of the Caribbean but also educating on the culture of the Caribbean. Lined up are thoroughly planned and thought out campaigns around Men’s Mental Health Awareness Week (June), Windrush Day (June), World Mental Health Month (October). These educational opportunities would include interactive presentations, talks, panels, live performances and more.
“MusicTT is thrilled to continue this partnership with Island Wave to ensure that our local artistes and musicians are showcased at Music festivals globally. We have such an extensive range of talent and genres and it is our mission to share them with the world through this export and promotional initiative. Kalpee and his team continues to work very hard at establishing the stage as a must have at these events and break the barriers of “I, I, I” and focus on “WE”. We as a Caribbean people, how can we push our region’s music further, together, as there is strength in numbers. – Melissa Jimenez, General Manager, MusicTT.
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About the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT)
The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) was established in 2014 with the mandate to stimulate and facilitate the business development and export activity of the music industry in Trinidad and Tobago to generate national wealth. As a subsidiary of Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), MusicTT provides industry-wide strategic direction and action plans toward the development of the music industry as well as guidance and access to music education and capacity development, especially in the business and monetization of local music and protection of the same. For further information, please visit www.musictt.co.tt
About the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT)
The Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT) is a wholly owned State enterprise established by The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of Trade and Industry. CreativeTT’s mandate is ‘to stimulate and facilitate the business development and export activities of the Creative Industries in Trinidad and Tobago to generate national wealth’ and, as such, the company is responsible for the strategic and business development of the three (3) niche areas and subsectors under its purview- Film, Fashion and Music. For further information, please visit www.creativett.co.tt