Upcom­ing Musi­cians in Barbados

Hav­ing pro­duced suc­cess­ful inter­na­tional singers such as Rihanna and Shon­telle, in addi­tion to other famous musi­cians such as Arturo Tap­pin and Nicholas Brancker; the island of Bar­ba­dos is rich with young, bright and tal­ented musi­cal artistes. This fea­ture will high­light three of these musicians.

Khalid Bat­son – Singer-​songwriter/​Guitarist

I want my music to bring change, good change. I want to open eyes and encour­age peo­ple as much as I can to do good, good works

Khalid Bat­son on what he hopes to achieve through his music.

12112459 982808491742083 3801058749005407558 n1Khalid first started play­ing music out of curios­ity more than any­thing else. A grad­u­ate of Har­ri­son Col­lege, he went to the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies (UWI) to study His­tory, Pol­i­tics and Inter­na­tional Rela­tions. Dur­ing that time, he met a young music pro­ducer, Khaj Thomp­son, who intro­duced him to the gui­tar. and spent a lot of time by his home

Dur­ing his stud­ies Khalid vis­ited Jamaica and recounts how he became very impressed by the younger acts at local shows, such as Pro­toje, Chron­nix and Jah 9 and it was at this point that he began to look at music as some­thing he could spend his time pur­su­ing. Even­tu­ally, he returned to Bar­ba­dos to fin­ish UWI and after he grad­u­ated, he was still uncer­tain about his future. How­ever, the link between what he learnt in his Aca­d­e­mic degree and his music became evi­dent. Khalid felt the need to re-​establish the dis­con­nect of Caribbean peo­ple with their own his­tory, roots and cul­ture through music edu­cat­ing them about the unique Caribbean and Caribbean experiences.

As such, he began writ­ing and per­form­ing songs at open mics, branch­ing into the gen­res of reg­gae, soul and spouge and the more he did it, the more he realised that it was what he wanted to do. It was espe­cially reward­ing to see people’s reac­tions to his work: “to see peo­ple come together and laugh or react to what I was doing was also very reward­ing in its own, espe­cially to see and hear people’s opin­ions and feel­ings towards cer­tain topics”.

Khalid hopes to build com­mu­ni­ties, spread pos­i­tiv­ity and chal­lenge the lies and false­hoods in soci­ety through his music. Watch Khlaid show­case his tal­ent dur­ing a live per­for­mance at Pel­i­can Village.

Dwight Cal­len­der – Drummer

DwyaneXCallender1Dwight Cal­len­der is far above any­one else as a drum­mer. For him, his jour­ney began in pri­mary school when he used to sit and watch the steel orches­tra dur­ing lunch time and he decided to “try his hand at it” and realised that he was a nat­ural. He attended the Christ Church Foun­da­tion School and had his sights set on cre­at­ing a steel orches­tra there, but could not do so as the school lacked the required mate­ri­als. Although this was dis­ap­point­ing for him, it allowed him to find a new love: the drums. He noted that it did not take him long to learn since he had the coor­di­na­tion already (due to his time with the steel pan); all that was required was for him to fur­ther develop his skills, and even­tu­ally, he decided to make career out of it. At 18, he joined the Energy Band (for­merly Strat­egy) where he was afforded the oppor­tu­nity to work with artists such as Kirk Brown, Gypt­ian and Alli­son Hinds, trav­el­ling to var­i­ous fes­ti­vals all over the world includ­ing New York, St. Vin­cent and Jamaica.

It is this trav­el­ling that Dwight says has been the high­light of his musi­cal jour­ney thus far. Not only show­cas­ing his tal­ent to large audi­ences, but also get­ting to expe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent cul­tures. Dwight is seri­ous about doing what­ever he can to invest in his own craft and the craft of oth­ers, as he also teach­ers drums and steel pan when he has free time. Dwight also notes that he takes inspi­ra­tion from all musi­cians he encoun­ters. Over­all, he aspires to be one of the best drum­mers and well-​rounded musi­cians as he can be.

Joseph Cal­len­der – Saxophonist

It is far more than a phys­i­cal thing for sure, it’s more like and body and soul, a spir­i­tual thing.

Joseph Cal­len­der on play­ing the Saxophone

joseph-leo-callender1Only in his mid-​twenties, Joseph Cal­len­der already has well over a decade worth of expe­ri­ence enter­tain­ing all over the island and the wider world. This young musi­cian is a multi-​talented musi­cal genius as he plays the alto, tenor and soprano sax­o­phone, the flute, piano, bass gui­tar and the drums. A for­mer stu­dent of the Christ Church Foun­da­tion School, Joseph says that his dream is “to be a sax­o­phon­ist teacher, tak­ing part in busi­ness stud­ies, mar­ket­ing, orches­tral writ­ing and see­ing myself ful­fill­ing a whole lot of dif­fer­ent roles” (Nation News, 2015).

Joseph’s musi­cal jour­ney began at age eleven with his first instru­ment – the recorder. His mother intro­duced him to well-​known enter­tainer Cas­sius Clay, who bought him his fist sax around the age of 1213 and invited him to “come play in the Eggs Band and go on tour”. It was dur­ing this first tour (he made three addi­tional sum­mer tours with the band) that he realised that music was what he wanted to pur­sue as a full time career.

After grad­u­at­ing from Foun­da­tion, he attended the Bar­ba­dos Com­mu­nity Col­lege (BCC), where he stud­ied music for two years, receiv­ing his asso­ciate degree in music in 2011. Dur­ing his period at BCC, he con­tin­ued to per­form all over the island and sur­round­ing Caribbean islands, before he finally found him­self under the tute­lage of world renowned Arturo Tap­pin to learn the “lan­guage of Jazz”. Even­tu­ally, he took the stage at many hotels and jazz bars across Bar­ba­dos with Tap­pin, as well as he NJ30+ Jazz band, jazz sen­sa­tion Rose­mary Phillips, and pianist Ste­fan Wal­cott. Since then, he has also enter­tained at the Bequia Music Fes­ti­val and Tobago Jazz Fes­ti­val, Jazz Artists on the Green in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the St. Lucia Jazz Fes­ti­val with Ste­fan Wal­cott and Vocal­ist Marissa Lind­say. Catch a glimpse of Joseph’s amaz­ing tal­ent here.

These are just a few of some of the most tal­ented upcom­ing musi­cians in Bar­ba­dos. Keep an eye out for these and more excit­ing tal­ents out of Bar­ba­dos in the near future.

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