Words by Dana Shayegan
Trinidad and Tobago have long been a hotbed of creativity and collaboration, with heavy musical roots spanning from traditional calypso, kaiso, and soca to reggae and dancehall. In the last few years, a new generation of producers, artists, and DJs has emerged, influenced not only by the music of their homeland, but also by popular music from around the globe. Amongst those leading the charge is System32, the trio of producers behind the 2016 post-Carnival, Caribbean Dance Music tune “One Life To Live (OLTL)” featuring Groovy Soca Monarch winner Olatunji — a song currently featured on Large Up’s “NOW THINGS” playlist on Apple Music.
We’re pleased to premiere the video for their new single “Night Away” featuring System32’s very own Mical Teja on the vocals. Shot on location across Trinidad, the hybrid lyric/music video features Teja on the beautiful beach of Las Cuevas, in his Diego Martin studio, and throughout Port of Spain, with aerial views of local monuments like the National Association for the Performing Arts, and the city’s legendary cricket stadium, the Queen’s Park Oval. Between the gorgeous island shots, and the infectious vibe of this track combining hip-hop, tropical house and pop, you’ll be wanting to hop on a flight to TNT to spend the Night Away.