Soca music is as popular today as it has ever been. Born in the rich history of Trinidad and Tobago, Soca music whose roots sprung from its social commentary Calypso predecessor is now recognized and enjoyed in countries around the World. It is almost impossible not to feel the energy of this up-tempo, adrenaline pumping, mood-lifting music – and with Sizwe on the scene bringing Soca to a totally new generation, Soca music is primed to take its rightful place as part of modern popular culture.
Sizwe, of part Trinidadian blood and part Hatian hails from Montreal – one of many metropolitan cities in Canada that is known for its strong support of Caribbean culture. Son of a local DJ and Band Leader, Sizwe knew from an early age that his natural calling was to represent the music he grew up with and loved so much. Inspired by his participation and attendance at stage shows, Carnival fetes and other cultural events as a youngster, Sizwe (born Sizwe Jason Collins) was on pace to realize his dreams to become a Soca artist from as young as six years old. He has often said that his magical moment was seeing international superstar and 2011 Power Soca Monarch winner Machel Montano perform “Too Young to Soca” back in 1986 at Dimanche Gras. A fitting song that would also serve as his life’s prophecy.
Like many of today’s young artists, Sizwe proudly takes inspiration from some of the greatest of all time including The Mighty Sparrow, Byron Lee, Arrow as well as current chart-toppers like Iwer George, KES the Band, and Bunji Garlin. After spending a few years finding his voice as the Soca act in a Reggae group called Crucial, and as a celebrated member of Miami’s Super Soca Sound “Soca Bashment” alongside Dr. Esan, Sizwe’s first major release as a solo artist was in 2007 with “Rock Yah Boat”. That song was very well received by music lovers and peers in the industry alike, and immediately legitimized him as a Soca vocalist on the come up. He followed up with the release of more songs including “Fiyah” and “Wine on You” which sparked bookings across North America and landed him a 2008 nomination at the ISA (International Soca Awards) for Best New Artist.
Sizwe can best be described as a true Entertainer. Now residing in Miami, Florida, Sizwe is not slowing down for a minute. Always thinking outside the box and anchored with a mandate to keep Soca relevan for the incumbent generation, South Florida its proud to be represented by such a dedicated artist. Noted for his passion, his action-inspiring delivery and sharp lyrics, his music is by definition as Soca as it gets. Positioned to work with some of the most respected and talented producers of the genre, Sizwe is set to take the airwaves by storm with his smash hit “Hands in the Air” (H.I.A) written by Peter Wildfire and produced by Jus Shane. If you love Soca music, then you love Sizwe. When he opens his mouth and lets his vocal instrument take over, you will have your “Hands in the Air” for years to come! Be sure to keep up with him, his music and upcoming shows by following him on Twitter @ItsSizwe or LIKE his Fan Page on Facebook.