Words by Tishanna Williams—
Port of Spain is still recovering from the spectacle of God Loves the Fighter, following the feature film’s standing-room-only screenings at September’s Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. While the rest of the world will have to wait until 2014 to see the much talked about Trini movie, God Loves The Fighter is making its presence felt again, this time with the release of the film’s soundtrack. Titled Laventille, the album, set for release the first week of December, features 100% local Trinbagonian content, ranging from original music by Freetown Collective to cultural rhythms with a contemporary edge you’ll have to hear to even believe.
Blue Cinamon Group’s Damian Marcano and Alexa Bailey, the LA-based Trini team behind God Loves the Fighter, have been making their mark in film for years including producing music videos for Machel Montano’s 2013 Carnival hits “Fog” and “Represent” remix. This time, they teamed up with Tobago-born producer Q-Major, whose passion for turning music into art is definitely apparent with this venture. The 11-track album takes you through the streets of Port-of-Spain at dawn on J’Ouvert morning shocking your spirit into a frenzy with sudden jolts of hip-hop and electronic beats that demand you keep moving before finally dropping you, exhausted, before the steps of a Baptist church to cool your spirit.
We recently caught up with the Alexa, Damian and Q-Major for an exclusive interview about the project. Stream the full album first in our exclusive preview right here, and read on for the interview here.