Written by: Lesandra Scott
From Wisconsin to Trinidad and Tobago, Youni-T which is pronounced “unity”, embraces everything that is Soca. The Ivory Queen as she is musically known is impressively the first and only Caucasian American to dive into the infectious genre that is soca that we Caribbean people love so dearly.
Youni-T who likes to consider herself an Ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago has found herself in Trinidad every carnival season since 2013 and this year is no different. Her 2023 carnival contribution “Welcome Home” hears her belting out notes on the ZigBoi produced tribute to carnival. According to Youni-T, “Welcome Home” acts as a “reminder of the warmth and emotions we can expect for carnival 2023 and beyond.”
Her signature sound, as she describes it, is a cool mix of soca rhythms that mirror the “sound of Miami”; alongside a sound infusion of RnB, Hip Hop, Pop, Dance, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Reggaeton, and Afro-beat. This particular fusion of sound which she began referring to as “Socamerica” took her to many stages including Fire Fest (formerly Fire Fete), College Boy Jesse’s “Soca Love Story”, Radio Station “Pavement Limes” and a variety of additional live performances backed by ‘The A-Team Band” of Trinidad and Tobago. Youni-T has also performed in major US hot spots including New York, Miami, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Key West, South Carolina and San Diego Carnivals and has even shared the stage with Kes the Band, Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, Nadia Batson, Mr. Killa, Super Blue, Nessa Preppy and Farmer Nappy.
From jump, Youni-T has had all intentions to “Youni-fy all mankind through the power of her SOCAMERICA music” and “Soca-fy the American mainstream airwaves.” Her hard work is paying off because in 2019 she was actually nominated “Florida Soca Artist Of The Year” by the International Soca Awards Committee.
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