Jamaican dancehall entertainer Beenie Man, American singer Chaka Khan and Cuban hip-hop act Pitbull are some of the artistes who will be featured on an album being compiled by the Trinidadian Government to commemorate the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary.
One of Trinidad’s most successful acts, Machel Montano premiered the first track from the album, “Going For Gold” earlier this week at the Trinidad Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain.
The album was announced by Planning Minister, Dr Bhoe Tewarie, and is expected to be released before Trinidad’s Independence Day (August 31).
Tewarie and Machel (who the minister called a “musical genius”) responded to criticisms by claiming the album will open international doors to young upcoming local acts.
Montano described the album as the “soundtrack of a Golden summer” which will serve to encourage the momentum of the public as Trinidad and Tobago competes in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and celebrates 50 years of Independence.
Listen to it below:
After reading the bulk of the reactions to the song, I was reminded of the largely negative reaction to the Jamaica 50 theme song. Similar commentary are that it’s not reflective of the country’s indeginous music.
What do you guys think?
BTW, have you met the contingent of Trini athletes going for gold at London 2012??? If not please visit JayBlessed.com right this minute!