A report by Kimberley Small for Jamaica’s Star.
This Christmas, young and modern Caribbean music stars have decided to grab the reins and release music fit for the festive season.
With less than a month to go until Christmas, some artistes have taken up the task, recording Yuletide tunes with the heavy flavours of soca, reggae and dancehall.
MadDecent, the record label owned by Major Lazer, the music group consisting US native deejay Diplo, Trinidad and Tobago native Jillionaire and Jamaican native Walshy Fire, have produced their fourth Christmas compilation album, A Very Decent Christmas 4.
The compilation, released on November 24, comes with vocals from Caribbean recording artistes Bunji Garlin and Protoje.
Complete with rhythmic, jingling bells in the background, MadDecent affiliate deejay 4B’s track features Trinidad & Tobago’s Bunji Garlin. Aptly called Carnival, the song’s musical break features an EDM remix of the ballet classic, Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy. Also featured is one of Jamaica’s reggae revivalists, Protoje, who sings on the Major Lazer-produced track called Christmas Trees.
With Protoje maintaining a cool reggae flow, and Bunji repeatedly requesting that “everybody hands go up”, Popcaan stuck to his unruly guns, with his Yuletide contribution of Christmas Gift, a raunchy, would-be romantic tune released last Sunday.
Still, the artistes’ identities remain clear, with the Protoje penned hook, “what a merry Christmas it would be, if me get a ganja stalk fi a Christmas tree”, and Popcaan’s intensely suggesting opening line, “jingle bell in a yuh belly.”