Interview by Jesse Serwer and Tishanna Williams
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Words by Marcha M. Johnson—
“Happiest Man Alive” was Machel Montano’s first release for the 2014 Trinidad Carnival Season and, now, the reigning Soca Monarch and his frequent visual collaborator Damien Marcano (director of the feature film God Loves the Fighter) have blessed us with visuals for the fan favorite. But this isn’t your conventional Carnival music video, with throngs of people and monster sound systems pervading the streets of Port of Spain. It’s actually almost the complete opposite.
Director Damian Marcano captures a slice of life on the shores of Trinidad in his new video for Q-Major and the Freetown Collective’s “Good Swimma.” The uplifting message of the song—a fresh hybrid of reggae and trap with a bassline pulled from dancehall’s Answer riddim— is conveyed by two local boys named Cleveland and Kervin, who spend the video playing soccer, doing pushups, and (of course) swimming, in the north coast fishing village of Maracas.
“Good Swimma” is the first track to be released off of the soundtrack for Marcano’s upcoming feature God Loves The Fighter, to be released in 2014. The film will be among the first international releases by any Trinidadian director, and if the music videos and trailer Marcano has released to promote it are any indication, it will be a fascinating look at a country that hasn’t yet been depicted much on film. It’s already been a huge hit in Trinidad, where it debuted to rare reviews and massive crowds at last month’s Trinidad Film Festival. The ten-song soundtrack, entitled Laventille, will be released November 27.
Words by Kimberly Burgess—
If you’re ready for Carnival, but can’t revel in the bacchanal of Trinidad & Tobago’s second-to none annual street party (the best street party in the world, in our opinion) today and tomorrow, these videos are sure to make you feel as if you touched di road! Watch some of the best (and worst) Trini soca clips released during the run-up to this week’s Carnival, from Machel Montano, the Roy Cape All-Stars & Blaxx and more. (And, for even more soca madness, download LargeUp’s Fog Up D Place mixtape from Major Lazer’s Jillionaire).
Words by Jesse Serwer—
The 13-minute-long clip for Machel Montano and Trini band Freetown Collective‘s “Represent (Remix)” is definitely not your typical soca video. As much of a short film as it is a music video, the visuals are a continuation of God Loves the Fighter (read our story about it here), director Damian Marcano’s upcoming movie set against Port of Spain’s criminal underworld. And, though the song has a soca riddim, it’s message is a cultural one more typical of reggae.