A BUZZ has been building around the performance of Major Lazer scheduled for Monday night at O2 Park, Chaguaramas.
The show is a collaborative comprising WeTT Republic Promoters and Major Lazer.
You would have to be from another planet if you haven’t heard Major Lazer’s remix/dance versions of Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology”. You would also have to be not from Trinidad and Tobago if you have not seen Christopher Leacock aka DJ Jillionaire (he of the big afro), who is the Trini in the group which comprises Diplo, Walshy and Jillionaire.
Diplo is a Grammy nominated producer and DJ from Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. He has written, produced and remixed music for Madonna, M.I.A, Santogold, Beck, Radiohead and most recently Daft Punk and Kanye West.
Diplo co-wrote and produced the hit song “Paper Planes” by M.I.A, which went double platinum and was nominated for the Grammy’s Record of the Year in 2009. Trinidad audiences were introduced to Diplo when he was brought to Trinidad in February 2011 by Abovegroup Ogilvy to celebrate their first Show & Tell event for that year. This featured a screening of his film Favela on Blast—A film that he directed with Leandro HBL in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Following the screening, Diplo spoke about his work, himself as an artist and the expression of music and art through film.
About Major Lazer
Major Lazer is an electronic dancehall DJ project created by Diplo. Formerly a collaboration along with DJ/producer Switch, they parted ways in late 2011.
Diplo has since enlisted producers/DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire (of Black Chiney) to help with the production and live shows.
Major Lazer’s live shows previously included hype man Skerrit Bwoy although Skerrit Bwoy left the group in 2012 to pursue religion.
In 2012, Major Lazer began working with Snoop Dogg to produce some tracks that are to be included on his new reggae project. Along with the project came his new alter ego persona known as “Snoop Lion”.
Switch left the collaborative effort in late 2011 and was replaced with DJ/Producer Jillionaire and Walshy Fire.
In September 2012, Major Lazer announced that its upcoming album, Free the Universe, would have been released on March 12, 2013 on Mad Decent. They also announced Fall 2012 tour dates.
Major Lazer partly produced UK singer Rita Ora’s debut album, Ora. Major Lazer worked with No Doubt for their sixth studio album, Push and Shove.
The album’s title track features producers Major Lazer and Jamaican reggae artist Busy Signal, and was released as a promotional single in August 2012.
Major Lazer launched their Fall Tour 2012 in October, with shows in Oakland, Washington, DC, Boston, and New York City, amongst others.
In February 2013, Major Lazer signed with indie record label Secretly Canadian. At the same time, they announced the new release date, April 16, for their album Free the Universe. They also announced the Free the Universe 2013 World Tour, which will run all spring.
About the promoters
WeTT Republic Promoters consists of young Caribbean entrepreneurs on a journey to globalise the entertainment Industry in the Caribbean through strategically marketed events.
This event is titled “WeTT Republic”, the first annual Republic Day Music Festival. In addition to Major Lazer who is on their “Free The Universe” Tour 2013, “The Taipan of Soca” Machel Montano and “The Viking of Soca” Bunji Garlin. They will be on the same stage as Major Lazer performing their hit collaboration singles “Differentology” and “Fog”. Two ten feet full effects LED robots “Kryoman” and his DJ have also been added to the lineup.
Other local artists include Renzo, Moses alongside top local DJs from 96.1 and Star 94.7.
Zen Nightclub owner Johnny Soong who is known for bringing internationally famous dance/trance DJs to Trinidad is involved with the project and has described it as a “historic” occasion.
Soong has brought acts like Arnim Van Buuren, Dash Berlin and others to Trinidad and Tobago.
He sees the Major Lazer intervention as crucial to taking soca to a wider international audience.
“When you look at their videos you can see that the people dancing to the music are not those that traditionally appreciate soca. It think it augurs well for the future of it. We live in an exciting period for Caribbean music. There have been many steps along this journey and I think the Major Lazer soca mixes might be just what is needed to really connect it out there.”
Soong said it was also an exciting development for him because he has travelled to many of these types of music festivals and had noticed in the mixes that he was hearing Trinidad beats.
“And now here in 2013 we are actually seeing it happen.”
A release from the promoters further explained, “The WeTT Republic Music Festival” essentially aims to showcase Trinidad and Tobago culture alongside International acts. The new fusion of Caribbean music and dance music coined “Cadance” by the WeTT Republic team will expose local and regional artist to global markets. (Note: this is not to be confused with Cadence of Dominica which popularised ‘zouk’ music in the 90s.)
The concept for the first festival will feature all acts on one elaborate LED stage in a full effects production including pyrotechnics, CO2, lazers, water trucks and much more.
The Major Lazer army is recruiting to “Free the Universe” on Planet O2, Chagaramas the night before the Republic Day from 11p.m. - sunrise.
Patrons have also been asked to walk with various water toys as they will be donated to charity after the event.
Ticket Outlets include:
Zen Box Office
Soong’s Great Wall
The Hideout Clothing Store Long Circular Mall
Woodford Cafe Chaguanas
TTRN, Tragarete Road
For more information about WeTT Republic Music Festival the night before the holiday featuring Major Lazer visit the event page on Facebook “WeTT Republic Music Festival”.