We had the pleasure of interviewing Kalpee over Zoom video.
Kalpee is a rising artist from Trinidad & Tobago and part of a new generation of Caribbean musicians pushing a fresh tropical sound aptly named “New Calypso”. Pulling from his heritage, Kalpee delivers a modern fusion of Calypso, dancehall and reggae rhythm, laced with rock inspired guitar riffs, supported by soulful melodies and a captivating r&b vocal delivery. A conflict of genres sonically blended in perfect balance. Kalpee has previously worked with platinum recording superstar Stefflon Don on his sun-soaked single ‘Gimme De Ting,‘ & Jamaican “Lightening” singer Mortimer on their Lessons” release. He has also worked with an elite line up of Grammy Award producers & writers including: Carla Marie Williams (Beyonce, Britney Spears, Rudimental, Sean Paul), Yei Gonzales (Diplo, Cardi B, Dj Khaled), Santiago Rodriguez (Little Mix, Pit Bull, Akon) & The Anmls (The Weeknd, Future, BANKS, Belly, French Montana).
Earlier this Spring, Kalpee once again pioneered the ‘Island Wave’ stage at SXSW 2022, with the aim of continuing to create a growing platform for Caribbean artists to come together, showcase, celebrate and support each other’s music. Island Wave successfully launched @ SXSW on March 18th, filling the Flamingo Cantina Austin, TX to capacity as part of the official SXSW festivities with an after party hosted by Ras Kwame and Reggae Recipe.
First of its kind, ’Island Wave’ is now not only the official home to Caribbean music at SXSW, returning in 2023 and years to come, but also the first home of ’New Calypso’, a genre being pushed by Trinbagonian musicians as a way to identify their musical heritage, which they proudly carry forward.
As we anticipate the release of Kalpee’s debut album later this year and as he continues to explore his New Calypso sound and pursue his projects with intentional passion, this deft Musician, singer, songwriter, producer is very much affirming his position as an artist to watch in 2022!