Watch: New Fire Festival creates space for talent
Trinidad and Tobago may be known as the land of soca and calypso but outside of the Carnival season, there are myriad genres vying for attention.
The New Fire Festival is one of those events that has been providing a stage for those musical forms that populate the centre season.
On the weekend of April 12 to 14, local talent was on display as the 2019 edition of New Fire Festival got underway at the spacious Ortinola Estate in St Joseph.
On Saturday night, with a light wind blowing, campers and other attendees sat on blankets, chairs and benches to take in the sounds of Nex Chapta, Caleb Hart, Jivanna, Chinaka, Dayo Ibejide Organic Music Movement, Nickolai Salcedo with the band Gyazette, Solman, Freetown Collective and Isasha.
David Rudder was the headline act.
Though the music on display was not mainstream and are barely, if ever, heard on local radio, the patrons there were clearly fans as they danced and sang along with their favourites.
Like the event, which, as it says on its website, celebrates the awakening of humanity and the blossoming of a culture of love, creativity, beauty, community and sustainable living, the music was about positivity, inspiration and a narrative on life today.
Loop attended the event and spoke to some of the artistes about the event and how they felt about being provided a space to get their talents out there.