Spotlight: Cycle 5
Daniel Milo Strings
Daniel Roberts is one of Trinidad’s fastest growing young musicians as a solo pianist, guitarist and singer as well as the leader of his own island pop band “The FLICK”. Currently Daniel studies composition at UTT’s Academy for the Performing Arts and is certified in songwriting and film scoring from NYU Steinhardt summer programs. Even though Daniel has a passion for writing music, he still performs regularly with various soca artistes with the A team band as well as his own band The FLICK where he is the leader, singer and guitarist.
Emmanuel Joseph is a steelpan soloist who performs with vigor, vibrancy and passion and can adjust his performing style to match the nature of any event. He ‘covers’ popular songs and tests his versatility by approaching various genres of music.
He is the winner of; the UWI’s Got Talent Competition (2019), and the Halcyon Steel Orchestra (Antigua) Steelpan Competition (2021). He performed on the BpRenegades BeatThePandemic Concert Series (2020) and is a member of the BpRenegades Steel Orchestra and the UWI Arts Steel Ensemble.
Nzingha began singing aged five, writing poems aged six, self-recording aged ten and choral singing aged eleven. She won the 1999 May Johnstone cup and the 2002 Soundstage Festival. She has since performed – in several languages and genres – solo and in ensembles in Tobago Trinidad, Barbados, New York and South India . For Nzinghar, lyrical, eclectic and well-composed songs and music are a profoundly beautiful means of fighting malevolence, ignorance, fake news, and intellectual laziness, as well as being a healing balm for fear, anger and despair.
Coming from a musical family, Renée Lawrence has been singing since the age of three, taking the stage at church, weddings, concerts and special events. She has a voice that is powerful, yet versatile enough to handle many genres of music including classical and gospel. At the age of 18 she began vocal training, and later went on to win the Che-mere trophy for Soprano Solo at Trinidad and Tobago’s Music Festival competition (2018). In 2019, she was nominated for the Gospel Music Awards of Trinidad and Tobago, Undiscovered Artiste of the Year.
Z U W E N A is a Singer/Songwriter & Recording Artist from Trinidad. She initially began singing in order to conquer stage fright; in the process, she discovered that she loved connecting with people through song. ZUWENA studied for her B.A. in Music, from 2014-2018 at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. For a total of 5 years, she developed her songwriting skills and sound. She has chosen to audition her song ‘Selfless Love’ which is inspired by her husband.
Yani is a singer, bassist, artist & founder of the fashion jewelry line “Yani Designs”, whose talents have been displayed all over the nation. Yani is also the band leader of Trinidad & Tobago’s first all- female Gospel band known as Axia Nation whose music has reached countries worldwide such as Tortola, St Thomas, St Marteen, the UK, Ghana in West Africa, and billboard including MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Presently, Yani is expanding her repertoire, which includes her current collaboration with award winning Caribbean gospel artist Papa San and Neesha Woods from Barbados.