SANDRA L BLOOD
Also known as the king of the stage, Chutney soca star KI is back on the soca charts with his Carnival 2024 release Best Fete. Co-written and co-produced with younger brother Rich “Shan” Persad, the crossover single is already getting lots of love from DJs across the diaspora and has already been featured in several festivals on the international Carnival circuit.
Very proud of his birth name Kris Veeshal Persad just as much as his stage name KI, the three-time Chutney Soca Monarch credits the song’s mass appeal to its relatable lyrics, catchy melody and danceable rhythm. “I have been truly humbled to see the love the project is receiving from soca DJs and fans and we are all excited to see where it takes us next,” KI said.
The once-youngest Chutney Soca Monarch said the song redirects the pent-up energy inside the Caribbean people, and soca fans are even more ready to free up and party than last year, despite last year having been the first re-opened year of entertainment after the COVID-19 restrictions.
In Best Fete, KI sings about a feeling taking over him because he’s never fete like this. He’s looking forward to girls coming to wine on him. He accuses the promoter of doing something! He said it’s only soca and plenty pumping. It’s the time to free up your mind and think about nothing, because he doesn’t know what he may find. But as long as he makes this party his, he’ll say every time that he feels like this is the best fete he’s ever gone to. The best he’s ever felt as he never felt like this as yet, and he isn’t going home. He hasn’t gone to the others as yet, and tomorrow is another set because he isn’t going home.
KI revealed he wrote the song during The Mother of All Carnivals earlier this year. The Single Forever singer says after listening to the track take shape in the studio, he and his brother immediately heard its crossover potential.2
The Barataria-born said, funny enough, he started writing Best Fete at the beginning of January this year. Three weeks later, the fully-completed song emerged. When it was time to release it, it would’ve been the beginning of February and at that time it wouldn’t have made too much sense as the songs of Carnival were already stamped, so he and Shan decided to keep it until this season, 2024.
The Persad brothers teamed with songwriter Stefan Jaxx, hitmaking music producer Nikholai Greene of NMG productions, Bajan bassist Julian Griffith and vocalist Keone Osbourne to complete the updated track. The NSinghPro-produced music video for the project has already been viewed thousands of times on YouTube.
KI said working with his brother is sometimes unreal with regards to how they click and understand each other.
“I always say between him, our dad Cappy (Veerendra Persad) and myself, we were blessed with talents that span everything we would’ve loved to do, all together. I love that. His abilities musically, as well, still surprise me every day, especially being one of the few people I can talk music with, using numbers and math.”
He said he’s ready for the stage. “You just have to call my name and I’ll be there!”