The Tropicalfete online magazine and entertainment resource centre presented its annual Top 100 International Caribbean songs for 2012 at Negril Village Lounge in New York City, USA last Thursday. "Tropicalfete's Top 100 Song Countdown is the only chart that brings together the variety of cultures, languages and rhythms emanating from the Caribbean. From platinum selling hit-makers like Rihanna, Sean Paul and Pit Bull to Haitian compa bands, carnival soca anthems or dancehall boomshots, these 100 songs reflect the soundtrack of life across the Caribbean and the influence of the region's sounds on the musical mainstream." said journalist Patricia Meschino.
The selectors for the night Msz Trini, Shadow Storm, & Power Book played the top songs for the year under the guidance of Keran Deterville the host. Owen and Ardie both had noteworthy performances. 7IGHQ the Band did an incredible job entertaining the audience with songs such as "Mr Fete", "Bruk It Down", "Cheaters Prayer", "Bachannalist" to name a few. According to lead vocalist of 7IGHQ The Band, Julius D Intelligent it was a great feeling when he came to the end of his performance and the crowd did not want him to stop singing. The band's 30-minute set was extended for an extra 20 minutes. One more, two more, encore were some of the things the dancers on the dance floor were chanting.
This year's number 1 song was "Mr Fete" by the dynamic, high-energy singer, song-writer and producer, Machel Montano of Trinidad and Tobago. Montano has a recod six tunes on the chart. The ever consistent Montano who has performed to sold out concerts in Madison Square Garden, has a musical career that spans over 30 years and has collaborated with the likes of the Mighty Sparrow, Destra, Beenie Man, Pit Bull, Red Rat, G-Unit, Burning Flames, Walker Homung, Calypso Rose, Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes who are considered as some of the best in the entertainment/musical industry. This year, Montano is the triple-crown winner in his native country, where he is the Road March, Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch. He also won the International Power Soca title earlier this year with 'Pump Yuh Flag', that was also the tune that won him the Road March crown for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2012. To crown off his achievements for the year, Montano received first-round ballot consideration for a Grammy nomination in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards with his 2012 album, "Double M".
Established in 1999 as an online publication – cultual & entertainment resource centre. In 2011 Tropicalfete became a Not for Profit corporation. Developing the community in the area of arts and social services with the focus on educating the global community on Caribbean culture throughout the World. Tropicalfete publishes information with a concentration on arts and culture as well as highlight the importance of the arts on education and its positive impact on the economy. Tropicalfete is and continues to be committed to the cultivation of emerging artistes working in all genres.
The top 20 songs: rank - song - artist
1 "Mr Fete" by Machel Montano
2 "Bruk It Down / Party Tun Up" Mr Vegas ft Alison Hinds
3 "Cheaters Prayer" by Christopher Martin
4 "Single Forever" by KI ft Machel Montano
5 "Affairs Of The Heart" by Damian "Jr Gong" Marley
6 "Pound The Alarm" by Nicki Minaj
7 "How Deep Is Your Love" by Sean Paul ft Kelly Rowland
8 "Bacchanalist" by Kerwin Du Bois
9 "Diamonds" by Rihanna
10 "Limbo" by Daddy Yankee
11 "She Doesn't Mind" by Sean Paul
12 "Get It Started" by Pitbull ft. Shakira
13 "Pump Yuh Flag" by Machel Montano
14 "Mdamou" by BelO
15 "Sleep With Angels" by Spragga Benz
16 "Vibes Cyah Done" by Machel Montano
17 "Sorry Is A Sorry Word" by Tarrus Riley
18 "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Shaggy Ft Eve
19 "Here Comes Your Life" by David M ft Beenie Man
20 "Simple Plan" - Summer Paradise ft. Sean Paul