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A & B Artistes in International Soca Finals


Throwback photo of Tizzy during Antigua’s Carnival (file photo/Joanne C. Hillhouse)

Ricardo Drue and Tanzania “Tizzy” Sebastian have secured final positions in the International Soca Monarch competition.

Last Friday, it was announced on the competition’s Facebook page that both local artistes had advanced from the semi-finals to the finals, along with 18 others from across the region to include Blaxx, Iwer George and Farmer Nappy out of Trinidad & Tobago, and Peter Ram from Barbados.

Ricardo Drue has made an appeal to the public to support both artistes going into the finals via social media and any other possible way. Read more.


Quick Facts

Lead vocalist El A Kru
Birth Name Tanzania Sebastian
From Greenbay, Antigua
Breakthrough/Biggest hit ‘Expose’
Awards include International Soca Awards as Best New Female Soca Artiste, Female Soca Performer of the Year, and Favourite Uptempo Soca Female
In 2016 inked a 3-year distribution deal with VP Records
Joined the Roy Cape All Stars for T & T Carnival 2017
2017 marks her third trip to the International Soca Finals
She has performed on international stages the US to Belgium to China always waving the Antiguan Barbudan flag, literally

Ricardo Drue
Former member of all-male vocal and dance group Crossovah
Birth Name Ricardo Barriteau
From Fort Road, Antigua, grew up in Trinidad
Hit song ‘Vagabond’ featured in the video for Nas Album Done by Nas and DJ Khaled (2016)
Digicel Brand Ambassador & Antigua and Barbuda Cultural Ambassador
Last won Antigua’s Groovy Monarch title with 2016’s ID (Stamp Yuh Name)
Last won Antigua’s Jumpy Monarch title in 2015
Placed second in the International Soca Monarch competition with ‘Vagabond’ in 2015
Won back-to-back Antigua Jumpy Monarch twice (2014, 2015)
Has worked with Imij and Company and Roy Cape All Stars
Father of four

The story is Observer’s, the bottom image is taken from and links back to the International Soca Awards facebook page, the top picture and the quick facts research by Joanne C. Hillhouse – respect the hustle. All Rights Reserved.

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Take it from Tizzy

“You have to love what you do. I am fortunate to be doing something that I love doing, and that is bringing joy to people through my music. I am going to continue doing so and I encourage others to work on something that they love and stay focused.”

– Tanzania ‘Tizzy Sebastian’ in interview with OMG Entertainment, November 11th 2016 – after signing with VP records.

Congrats to Antigua and Barbuda’s own Tizzy (and her El A Kru family) on this recent big career move. This early hit is still my favourite. Enjoy and Expose!


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Flashback – National Vibes Star Project Award

Too bad this project, spearheaded by poet and promoter Knowledge couldn’t have been sustained; it was a good way to celebrate the creative arts – primarily the performing arts but because many songs require lyricists also the literary arts; kind of our version of the Grammys/Peoples Choice Awards. The Grammys because it was an industry award with fun performances and lots of glamour and excitement, People’s Choice because it was voted on by the people. It didn’t have the kind of funding/support needed to keep going, though. And isn’t that always the case. Here’s a look back:

From left NVSP founder Knowledge, Tizzy of El A Kru, Kayode Erasto, and one of the night's presenters and, I believe, reigning Homecoming Queen at the time.


Calypsonian/calypso writer performing at the NVSP awards Zacari










Calypso writer/producer Dr. Prince Ramsey on receiving an award at the NVSP Awards.

NVSP awards winner Destroyer.


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