Barbados has given the world a number of things to be grateful for: rum, the bad gyal herself, Rihanna (and all Fenty and Fenty Beauty-related products), and then there’s the delectable variety of indulgent cuisine, such as coucou, flying fish and macaroni pie (not to be confused with mac-n-cheese or baked macaroni).
In addition to the aforementioned, the island has also given us one of the most highly anticipated festivals within the Caribbean region: Crop Over, which takes place every summer and ends with the illustrious Grand Kadooment parade. While Barbados’ most well-known musical offering is bashment, soca—which is said to have been pioneered by Lil Rick—and its leading artists in Lord Radio, Carolyn Leacock, Alison Hinds, Jackie Opel, Marzville, Rupee, Peter Ram, King Bubba and Edwin Yearwood, have spent years adding to Barbados’ lush, musical landscape, which also includes spouge and calypso music.
An emerging collective of acts are now hoping to add to the island’s longstanding musical legacy, drawing from sounds from across the globe while still creating a distinctly Bajan music product. Get to know 10 of them after the jump.
GiiibbZ Of Fizix
GiiibbZ Of Fizix’s music is filled with ruminations about life, and paired with slow-rolling, synth-laced production for a psychedelic mashup of sounds. The rapper and producer—with his trippy, evocative soundscapes—makes each tune an incredibly hypnotizing experience, and RiRi’s native is all the better for having him in it.