Twin Island Republic’s Kings Of Chutney To Play Live In South Florida
On Saturday, November 15th the Miramar Cultural Center will come alive with two of the Soca Chutney Mega Stars from Trinidad and Tobago, the reigning Soca Chutney title holder, KI and his band Vini and the legend in the Soca Chutney world, Rikki Jai and his band for, “The Kings of Chutney“.
With South Florida being being home to a culturally diverse Caribbean population the Miramar Cultural Center is proud to have the staging of such an event there.
Early this year, Kris “Ki” Persad took home the 2014 Chutney Soca Monarch title in Trinidad and Tobago with his hit, “Meh Wife Runaway.” It was Ki’s second time winning the title. In 2012 he was the youngest competitor to win the Chutney Soca Monarch title.
Chutney music is very popular in the southern Caribbean, in countries like Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname. Chutney music was established in the 1940s within temples, wedding houses, and cane fields of the Indo-Caribbean. There were no recordings until 1968.
Chutney music exploded again in 1968 and in 1970 it was a huge turning point for chutney music when record producer Moean Mohammed recorded Sundar Popo with Harry Mahabir’s BWIA Orchestra. Sundar Popo modernized the music by including western guitars and early electronics into his music. Although Popo became known as the “King of Chutney,” the art of singing songs in “Chutney” style was introduced by a singer named Lakhan Kariya, from the town of Felicity, who preceded Sundar Popo.