Born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Konata Alleyne began his musical journey at an early age performing as a trumpet player as part of the National Youth Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago and the Queen’s Royal College Concert Band. He eventually joined the calypso stage band Caution, adding backup vocalist and musical arranger to his portfolio. After a brief stint as Physics major at the University of the West Indies, Konata moved to the United Kingdom to follow his passion for music.
With the aim of starting his own record label, Konata attained a degree in Arts Management from London South Bank University (LSBU). He then went on to study Audio Engineering at the world-renowned School of Audio Engineering London (SAE London). During this time and for the next four years following his graduation from LSBU, Konata worked as an event manager and DJ/MC. He worked with some of London’s top venues including HMV Hammersmith and Alexandra Palace, and media outlets such as BBC 1xtra and MTV base.
In 2013, Konata established One Island Music, an entertainment company where he is also signed as the lead artiste. It is against this backdrop that he officially launched his international career with the release of his debut single ‘This Is The Life’.
‘This Is The Life’ delivers the majestic and colorful artistic skills embodied in this performer. In this recording Konata captures life in its varied emotions; the joy and lighthearted spirituality to the sublime social commentary that is a staple of this Caribbean art-form.
The Afro-Caribbean and reggae rhythms and bass lines underlying the track is explosive and will set your heart beating to its invigorating syncopates.
I highly endorse this single and hope that everyone partakes in the joy embodied in this recording. This is indeed music at its best with all the ingredients of inspiration; depth, focus and relevance. It is a toe tapping, hip swaying, can’t sit still single. The rhythm of ‘This Is The Life’ just makes you want to jump up and dance. It is one of the finest examples of true Caribbean music mixed with the latest urban sounds, I’ve found in a long time.
Konata is one of the most talented writers of the modern wave of Calypso performers. His vision, depth and poetry are the product of an unusually gifted individual. This single is very up lifting and very well composed; a must for every sophisticated Calypso music listener’s collection.
If you like adult contemporary music and have a liking for sweet Caribbean tunes or if you happen to be feeling blue ‘This Is The Life’ by Konata is a must.
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