Nine Mind Entertainment and Lenkey Records presents the Upendo Rddim for Carnival 2018; a fusion of sweet calypso groove, vintage flavours and modern tones. When we speak ‘Upendo’ (Ou-Pendo) we mean Love. The Swahili word is reflective of our African origins and the language is one of the most popular in the continent of Africa.
Drawing inspiration from the land of our ancestors is an intentional reminder of the root of our culture and the origination of sweet Calypso music. The Upendo Riddim represents Love, which is one of the keys to our salvation. In this critical time, we need Love. To survive in today’s world, we need to be reminded of the power of love.
Love is the key. Let the sentiment of Love and all that is involuntary about it control you.
Some of the strongest musical names in Caribbean music have joined the Upendo movement with Nine Mind Entertainment and Lenkey Records. Each track has the underlying message of love in varying scenarios. They are:
Machel Montano – Take It Slow
Written by Full Blown Entertainment & Machel Montan
Voice – Year For Love
Written by Aaron Voice St Louis
Additional Background Vocals by Marge Blackman
Turner – Champions
Written by Trevon Turner and Jason “Shaft” Bishop
Background Vocals by Kitwana Israel and Karyce Phillips
M1 aka Menace – Ups And Downs
Written by Sherwin Jeremiah
I-Octane – Hey Mama
Written by Byiomi “I-Octane” Muir
Upendo Riddim: Produced Mixed And Mastered By Nine Mind/Lenkey Records
Horns by The Regiment Horns (Leon Silva – Saxophone, Kevin Lloyd Williams Jr. – Trombone, Sean Erick – Trumpet)
Artwork by: Viision Graphics