Soca artiste Lyrikal says he has a couple more songs set for release ahead of the carnival 2018 season in Trinidad and Tobago. Already running a good race with four releases, among them, “Criminal Wine,” which features the sensational, Patrice Roberts, Lyro as he’s fondly called, is ready for the season of mas and jammin’ ahead.
The Brooklyn based artiste has been enjoying tremendous success over the past few years withs songs like, “Freedom”, “Loner” and “Dip and Roll” being at the fore of fetters’ minds, many would agree. A few weeks ago, Martin stepped aboard the Uber Soca cruise from Miami to Mexico and together with a massive cast of fellow Soca artistes, including Ricardo Drue, Destra Garcia, Patrice Roberts and Teddyson John, he shared his energy with carnival loving fans. “The UBER Soca cruise was definitely something that blew me away. It was a great chance to have a one on one experience with the people who enjoy your music. We woke up on board the ship and we had breakfast together, talked with our supporters and there was so much to do on board. We had a lot of fun together. It was memorable,” said Lyrikal.
With the Christmas season in full swing in the Caribbean and around the world, Lyrikal told Power 102 Digital that he’s got one wish for the country of his birth this year.
“The crime. I just really want us to get the crime rate down. Trinidad is so nice. When you really think about how free people are when they come to this country- the fact that you can drink a beer on the street alone, that is real freedom. In New York, you can’t do that! The only thing that’s messing up sweet T&T right now is the crime situation.”
Earlier this year, Lyrikal and his family mourned the murder of his cousin- a young woman whose life was allegedly claimed by someone known to her. He said like many other families affected by this scourge, it truly is something that one never gets over.
On the topic of his touring this past year, Lyro told us he visited almost every carnival. “I went to Dominica for the first time this year and there was a thunderstorm and you wouldn’t believe it but the people came out to the savannah even in all the mud and they partied in their boots,” he recalled with a chuckle. For this Brooklyn based Soca heartthrob, the Carnival energy is life. He says he however wishes the revelry that once epitomized a true Trinbago carnival, would return. “I would like to see the big flag vibes come back. The energy isn’t the same anymore,” he admitted, but in the same breath, offered appreciation to the people around the world who continue to show their love for soca music.