The latest news of Barbadians taking over the industry.
Rorrey Fenty AKA GQ (Gallest) may be the sibling of global superstar Rihanna but he’s not relying on her fame when it comes to his own musical career. Like every other artist out there, he’s starting from the bottom and building his way to the top and today (November 6th) he reached a milestone in his career with the release of his debut mixtape ‘In My Mind.’
Executively produced by GQ himself with production by Minim, Ziggy Asafo, Jaicko Lawrence and Biggard, ‘In My Mind’ houses an oustanding 18 tracks and boasts collaborations with Teff, Vizion, Kid October, Sophia Lauren and Jaicko Lawrence.
That Shontelle reign just won’t let up!
Shontelle is one very busy woman and in the fall, she released her brand new capsule collection in collaboration with Cat Footwear. The new boots give both her fans and fashionistas the opportunity to walk in her boots and not only are they durable, but they are very “sexy” as well.
Global Grind recently caught up with the singer-songwriter for quite the chat where she opened up about her new boots, being compared to Rihanna, her upcoming album and a few more interesting topics.
Here’s what Shontelle had to say:
Shontelle on how the boot styles epitomize the essence of Barbados: “The colorways of each boot are inspired by the ocean and the flora and fauna of Barbados. The name of each boot is a place in Barbados of significance to me. The trident (which is featured on the tongues and inner lining of each boot) represents my heritage.
Barbadian recording artist Teff will soon journey stateside where he will make his debut performances in both New York and Atlanta.
Off the strength of his recently released project ‘Dream World,’ (Purchase the EP on iTunes) Teff has been invited to the A3C Festival in Atlanta and the CMJ Marathon in New York. Teff will be backed by DJ Chasey. These shows boast appearances from international artists such as Big Boi (of Outkast), Asher Roth, Prodigy (Mobb Deep), Cyhi tha Prince (G.O.O.D Music) and Wu Tang members Raekwon, GZA and Ghostface among many other artists.
Cover Drive – Barry ‘Bar-Man’ Hill, Amanda Reifer, T-Ray Armstrong, and Jamar Harding – was spotted last night (September 25th) at the HoneyJam Barbados 2012 Auditions held at the Plantation Garden Theatre in their home country of Barbados.
The Barbadian four-piece enjoyed watching the HoneyJam hopefuls with the rest of the crowd and once the auditions came to an end, they mingled with those in attendance and gave advice to the standouts. As humble as ever, the band members posed for pictures with almost everyone that was present and once the night was over, they hopped into a waiting vehicle and took off to enjoy the rest of their night.
It’s a song that has been teased since the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and today (September 26th), Rihanna gave her loyal Navy a first listen to the lead single lifted from her upcoming seventh album.
‘Diamonds’ is one of Rihanna’s most highly anticipated songs for a reason. “You’re happy and hippy. It’s laid back but it is hopeful,” she promised her fans. “The lyrics are very hopeful and positive, but it’s about love and the gears are a little different from what people would expect. I’m excited to surprise them sonically.”
We must say that Rihanna did surprise us vocally on ‘Diamonds’ because we would have NEVER expected her to pair her vocals with such purposeful lyrics. With a heavily repetitive beat that features little synth, Rihanna’s voice takes center stage more than usual.
Following the success of Hal Linton’s previous mixtape ‘The Rock & Roll Experiment,’ the Barbadian R&B crooner is back once again with his new release ‘Technicolour.’
The highly anticipated release features 14 tracks with guest appearances by our good friend Shontelle and Jon Connor. It also boasts production from MPiii, HitRoom, Art & Life Productions and of course, Hal Linton himself.
Linton explores his musical abilities on ‘Technicolour’ as he handled most of the writing and production himself, proving that he’s very well rounded as an artist.
Barbadian singer and songwriter Shontelle got her head in the game as she attended rehearsals for Cohobblopot 2012 on Sunday (August 5th) at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The 26-year-old singer was joined on stage by her band, dancers and a number of guest performers including her younger sister Rhea Layne and soca artist Natahlee Burke.
The 2012 Digicel/CSS Cohobblopot takes place tonight (August 5th) at Kensington Oval and fans can expect Shontelle to perform an impressive set that includes her hits ‘Say Hello To Goodbye,’ ‘T Shirt,’ ‘Impossible,’ ‘Freaky’ and ‘Battle Cry.’ She will also perform renditions of soca hits such as ‘Colours.’
To make things even more interesting, she will be joined by a special guest performer and perform an array of new songs during tonight’s show.
Barbadian International recording artist and songwriter Shontelle stunned in all white as she touched down in Barbados on Thursday (August 2nd). Following a press conference inside of the Grantley Adams International Airport, she was greeted by her friends and family before making her way to her hotel.
The 26-year-old ‘Impossible’ singer tweeted, “Home sweet home ”
Shontelle will perform a number of her hits at the 2012 Digicel/CSS Cohobblopot on Sunday, August 5th, at Kensington Oval. The event will also feature performances from local artists Lil Rick, Krosfyah, Bubba, Socakartel and more.
Now signed to Universal Republic Records, she is currently working on her untitled third studio produced LP.