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The Hit From Barbados That Took Over The World

As you may have noticed from the feature image, it’s not Rihanna. The Barbados talent featured today is Rupert Clarke, better known as Rupee. He was born in Germany to a German mother and a Barbadian father. When he was 10 years old the family moved to Barbados where theyRead More »

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The Saint Lucian Queen Of Culture

Today Skempi News brings you the story of Sesenne, a Saint Lucian singer and cultural icon. She was born Marie Selipha Charlery (later Descartes when she married) in La Point, Micoud, Saint Lucia on the 28th of March 1914. The area where she was born and grew up is theRead More »

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The Dynamite Combination Of Cuba And Mali

Today Skempi News brings you another treat from Cuban soil in the form of AfroCubism, the award-winning and Grammy-nominated album which featured musical collaborations between musicians from Cuba and Mali. Released in 2010, the musicians featured on the album had previously built successful careers for themselves, either as members ofRead More »

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Meet The Queen Of Calypso

Calypso Rose – born Linda McCartha Monica Sandy-Lewis on April 27th 1940, in Bethel Village, Trinidad & Tobago – grew up in a small village on the island of Tobago, one of the two Caribbean islands forming the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. She composed her first calypso at theRead More »

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What Many People Forget About “Despacito”

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: “Ugh, another article about that bendito song?!”. But try your hardest to roll your eyes back into focus from that eye roll because let’s face facts, that song is not going away any time soon. Hate to be the bearer of bad news. ButRead More »

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Soca In Japan!

Yes you read that correctly: Soca – the music genre born in a subculture of Trinidad and Tobago – in Japan. Not exactly what you would expect to find in the land of the rising sun, is it? I mean, after all, the vibrant Trinidad and Tobago lifestyle – withRead More »

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The 5 Most Influential Caribbean Artists Of All Time

Here we are again in Skempi Explore, taking another plunge into Caribbean culture. Well, the title pretty much speaks for itself, right? Or does it? It’s a dicey game using the word influential, I know. But when you look at the careers of the artists on this list, the impactRead More »

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