Tessellated, Kalpee Team up for Island Stage

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

JAMAICAN artiste Tessellated is teaming up with Trinidad and Tobago artiste Christian Kalpee to bring a virtual music event to both countries.

CreativeTT in a press release on Thursday stated that the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT)  was  partnering with Therapy XYZ that is geared towards the promotion of music festivals in bringing Caribbean music to south by South West Conference and Festivals’ (SXSW) titled The Island Stage.

The release stated this was the first time that SXSW will be hosting a virtual event in the  Covid-19 pandemic and ‘The Island Stage’ was dedicated to bringing music of the Caribbean to the forefront of the international music scene. The show, which will be captured in Jamaica, will be streamed by SXSW from March 16 to March 20.


CreativeTT stated, “The annual SXSW champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives entertainment and media. It is an opportunity for international music executives, producers and managers, to network, learn, grow and combine cross-country efforts toward a more developed, well connected global music industry.”

The Island Stage is pioneered by emerging local artiste Kalpee and his management team FVP Global, with a joint aim to create a platform for artists to come together and represent music of the Caribbean.

Kalpee, who will be hosting the stage, will also be performing alongside Tessellated whose real name is Joshua Meeks known for his “Pine & Ginger” smash hit with over 30 million streams.

Kalpee said, “I am so very appreciative of all the experiences I have been blessed with in being able to travel internationally as part of my musical career. I came to understand that what is lacking in the West Indies is structure and resources into the creative arts, for us to compete with the rest of the world. This is how The Island Stage came to be, as I realised that by coming together to represent Caribbean music with my peers, we can showcase our heritage, musical genres and individuality.”

SXSW Music Festival Programming Manager Brian Hobbs said, “SXSW is very excited to stream the first annual Island Stage during the first ever SXSW online festival. We recognise the importance of giving Caribbean music and artists an international platform to showcase their musical heritage. We look forward to many more Island Stages to come in the future in Austin, Tx.”

General Manager MusicTT Melissa Jimenez

General Manager at Music TT said Melissa Jimenez, “MusicTT is super excited to have partnered with Kalpee and Therapy to help deliver The Island Stage. Thank you to SXSW for including the Caribbean with such prominence and for recognising the wealth of talent – giving us a voice with global reach. I look forward to the doors that will be opened through this partnership and the wave of infinite possibilities created for both rising and established artistes in T&T and the wider Caribbean.”


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