Reggae royalty will reign supreme at Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) in November when four stalwarts of the genre rain down bolts of conscience on the venue in an event dubbed “Kings of the Earth”.
Rastafarian messengers Coco Tea, Sizzla, Capleton and Anthony B have been specially chosen for this musical mission, which Grammy-nominated producer, promoter and songwriter Vychalle ‘Kid’ Singh and his team have chosen to market using the theme, The Return to Consciousness. This is the first edition of this annual concert concept, which, according to the team, “reminds everyone that in the age of social media and rapid access to all kinds of information, we must always be aware of reality”.
Singh added that the reunited cast has “a wealth of positive content” and, since the pandemic, none of these talented artists, “who are all favorites and never disappoint reggae fans around the world”, have performed. in Trinidad.
Asked what exactly caused this need to come back to consciousness, Singh gave a thought-provoking answer, as he shared memories of “the days when the music of Sizzla, Capleton and Anthony B was making dropping the crime rate across the entire Diaspora… when every young person wanted to grow their hair and lead a more conscious life.”
He continued, “Personally, I think we need to do more as a people to raise awareness. These particular artists, among many others, have a huge influence on Trinidad and Tobago. I would even go so far as to say that most of these artists consider T&T like a second home. That being said, I think balance is key. I’m not pointing fingers and blaming anyone for expressing themselves through their art, but the media should give awareness a fair game and create balance. It’s our way of creating that balance through Kings of the Earth.
For Singh, gathering this cast of “conscience” stars hasn’t been a challenge, largely due to the relationships this Caribbean citizen has built and nurtured through invaluable partnerships. For example, he worked with Sizzla for over 18 years as an engineer and producer and over the decades he was able to earn respect and build professional relationships with every artist in the cast.
“It literally took a few hours to seal the deal with the four reggae icons. The actual date of November 26 has no particular meaning. We had to work with a date that suited all entities involved,” said explained Singh.
All the artists gave energy to the promotion by posting the ads on their social media platforms, one of which is an endorsement of Kings of the Earth by DJ Khaled.
Singh and his team are no strangers to concert playing, and as a collective they are responsible for events such as Monster Energy Summer Jam; I remember; LIV, a benefit concert for the Cancer Society; Hennessy Artistry; TOTR and the international monarch of Soca. They promise an unparalleled overall experience through first-world production in stage, lighting, sound, art, music, self-expression and positive content.
“The Caribbean flavor that we share between our islands in our cuisines, our drinks, our patois and our dance, to name a few, is unique in the world, and more partnerships between our similar cultures but different varieties should be marketed to global travelers and media so that reinvestment and development can be made to improve the lives of everyone involved,” Singh emphasized.
Promoters expect thousands of patrons from across Trinidad and Tobago to flock to Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain’s largest open leisure space, on Saturday November 26, but admitted it is difficult to predict the numbers as there is so much entertainment around the island on a daily basis.
Singh was happy to share that a portion of the proceeds from the concert will be directed to a helpline which will primarily focus on topics such as conflict resolution, anger management, adult literacy and learning. other problems troubling the young citizens of the twin island. State. The hotline will be staffed by experienced and trained psychologists and guidance professionals, and the consortium is currently in the process of identifying lifetime corporate partners in the private and public sectors.