Trinidad – Onika Bostic, a rising Soca star, died December 19, from massive
injuries sustained in a car crash just east of the capital, Port of Spain, on
December 10. She was heading to a gig.
Born December 23, Bostic first sang back-up for Machel Montano, then recorded
the single, “Facinated”, with another up and coming artist, Gailann.
At 19, she
moved to Antigua as female lead vocalist for star ‘jam band’, the Burning
Flames, but issued tracks under her own name for Trinidad carnival: “Mash It Up”(2002), “Get
On Bad”(w/ Bunji Garlin) in 2004, and “All Is Yours,” for 2005.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.