If you haven’t heard the melodic voice of Bahamian sensation Wendi, the time is now!! Though being in the northern stretch of the Caribbean often makes it difficult to break into the mainstream soca industry, this didn’t stop Wendi from having a breakthrough year in 2019!! From performances for Labor Day in NYC at Soca Rave, to a week of performances at Miami Carnival, including the mainstage closing night, to a promo radio run in Trinidad during the Christmas season, Wendi was positioned for a very busy 2020!!
In 2020 her hit Walk Out featured on the Good Feels Riddim, a move that was made possible due to her previous work with a Trinidad production team of writers and producers on a previous track, Weakness.
The Good Feels Riddim also featured artists such as Kes and Erphaan Alves and provided Wendi with mainstream exposure. “Being accepted into that camp is a big deal for me as a new artist”, Wendi said. This development in her career had been five years in the making, she noted.
Performances that were scheduled for Trinidad Carnival 2020 were curtailed when Wendi decided to stay home and bond with her new daughter. Her continued demand for performances was to lead her directly into the Bahamas Carnival, but coronavirus had other plans.
While she has no regrets with the opportunities she passed on as a new mom, management and her entire camp, which includes her husband Dyson Knight from the Grammy Award winning group Baha Men, continue using the platforms on social media to do interviews, live performances and showcases to keep engagement with the public and her fans her top priority.
Her recent collaboration with Saint Lucian artist Big Vybe on Slow Wine is one of the ways she continues to push her music into the mainstream of the Caribbean. But that is not all, earlier this year on January 8 to be precise a new riddim came out of the Bahamas fusing the Junkanoo sound with Soca. That Riddim is the Tamarind Riddim, a four-track riddim that features Last One from Wendi, written by Darryl Gervais. The song invites people to seize life in the now, recognizing that the future is unknown, It’s a call to live today like it’s your last one. The Riddim also features Give Me The Road by Dyson Knight, Open The Gate by Ilsha and Soca Make Us by College Boy Jesse x Rae.
The Riddim is produced by Bahamian team Freddie “Got Stykes” Seymour and Leonardo “Sniper” Rodgers.
These kinds of collaborations are important to Wendi as she strives to fuse the island sounds together as one and push it out internationally.
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