May 26, 2017
During the 2017 Carnival season two of Grenada’s most prominent and distinguished composers and performers will be celebrating major milestones.
The world-wide recognized King of Jab music Wilt ‘Tallpree’ Cambridge will be celebrating his 20th year as a Soca Artiste. Although he was well known on the dance hall circuit prior to 1997, it was in that year Tallpree first made the switch, a fateful move that has led to him being Grenada’s most commercially successful Artiste. Two years later (1999) he released Ole Woman Alone – a song that has made Tallpree a household name wherever in the world Carnival is celebrated.
For his 20th Anniversary Tallpree will be celebrating in a momentous way with his signature PreeDay being the highlight of the celebrations. On Wednesday August 09th at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium, Tallpree along with 20 of his closest Soca friends – Regionally and Internationally- will headline what is expected to be Grenada’s most anticipated and certainly most entertaining event in 2017. Additionally, on Saturday July 29th (which coincidentally is Tallpree’s birthday) the two-time road march winner will host his 2nd annual Uncle Tallpree’s Kids Fete at the Morne Rouge Playing Field in Grand Anse.
Fans outside of Grenada will not be left out of the celebration has Tallpree has already begun his ‘Summer Tour’ which has him in Atlanta this weekend (May 26th – 28th) and will cover other cities in North America and neighboring islands in the coming weeks.
Another King in his own right, in fact an 8 time Calypso Monarch of Grenada, Finley ‘Scholar’ Jeffrey is, in 2017, celebrating his 25th Anniversary as a Calypsonian.
His latest win came in 2016 and already plans are being formulated for a successful defense of his title.
Apart from the Calypso titles, Scholar has won the Groovy title, the Soca Monarch and Independence Calypso titles. Sometimes considered controversial because of his biting political commentary and his penchant for holding those in authority accountable through his lyrics, Scholar is much more than a political commentary composer. His hits include ‘Voices’ ‘Legacy’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘Belly’, all pertinent and transcendent social commentary. ‘Hold Him’ and ‘Man Gone’ demonstrates Scholar’s versatility and of more recent vintage, ‘Clip My Wings’, proves that even after twenty five years the ‘Teacher’ still has the ability to produce classic compositions.
Scholar and his friends in Calypso will celebrate his Silver Anniversary with a major Calypso event on Sunday July 16th. The event will befit the magnitude of Scholar’s achievements and his performance on that day will cover the full gamut of his repertoire.
These are two colossal achievements for two of Grenada’s cherished Cultural Ambassadors and in an era of ‘microwave music and fleeting social media fame’ longevity and consistency must be recognized and properly acknowledged.
Made In Grenada congratulates both stalwarts on their collective achievements and look forward to much more entertainment in 2017 and beyond.