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and “Out of Thin Air”, the finale. Put this together with the very tight rhythm section and a great interplay with the audience, and it makes for a superb treat for jazz lovers.


Slumber Party Jason Chase


Hailing from Barbados, Jason Chase brings us something Caribbean music has missed for a long time: an ethereal sound, slightly reminiscent of 1980s pop. Chase, a self-professed fan of electronic and experimental musicians like Bjork, Tears for Fears, and Stereolab, channels these


influences in his sublime new album Slumber Party, named for first song he ever wrote. It was the response to this song by friends, says Chase, that gave him the confidence to pursue songwriting more passionately than he previously imagined he could. “Scaredy Cats”, with its haunting piano melody, is one of my favourites on the album. It’s hard to put this music into a specific category (and the best kind of music is genre-bending), but Chase gives a hint when he explains the connection between his family name and the mysterious and supposedly haunted Chase Vault at Barbados’s Christ Church parish church. “I feel it is the


Bezwen Mennaj Wanito


Considered a phenomenon in Haiti, his home country, Wanito — born Louis Pascal Juanito Beaubrun in Jérémie, “The City of Poets” — has raised high expectations for the pending release of his sophomore album, after his first CD sold an impressive five thousand copies in one day. Wanito loved music from an early age, and his passion and energy show on his latest track, “Bezwen Mennaj”. The title translates to Wanito saying he “needs a girlfriend,” and the beat of the song matches that playfulness. His debut album touched on many hot topics, including politics, and much of it was hard-hitting spoken word poetry put to music. Does the single foretell a lighter touch on the new album, or will Wanito mix in the social and political commentary that’s earned him the title “the Voice of Haiti”? Either way, he’s sure to impress.


Reviews by Sheldon Cadet


perfect statement about my music,” he says, “a dreamy, haunting, and otherworldly blend of acoustic guitar and electronic.”


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