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Ricardo Drue Crowned King In Antigua, But Prepares To Be A Vagabon In T&T!
- September 8th, 2014 - Fellow front liner of the Roy Cape All Stars, Ricardo Drue has added a pretty awesome title to his name. In August this year, Drue was crowned the Power Soca Monarch King of Antigua- the island of his birth, but it didn’t stop there. He even walked away the second runner up in the Groovy Soca Monarch competition and was second in the Road March race. Needless to say, the young entertainer is ready to deliver even more following his recent success, promising nothing but greatness in 2015.
 
Drue’s success in Antigua seemed icing on the cake this year. Prior to winning the Soca Monarch crown on August 2nd, the city of Boston in the United States, honored the young entertainer, making Saturday June 21st, Ricardo Dure day in Boston. Undoubtedly motivated by the possibilities, Drue says he is moving full speed ahead, preparing to deliver a video for his single ‘Vagabond’ in a few weeks and even promising musical productions with the likes of Precision Productions, Dwain ‘Dwaingerous’ Antrobus, Martian Music and Wiz Records among others for Carnival 2015 in T&T.
 
A part of the Soca fraternity for the past five years, Ricardo Drue continues to prove that he’s serious about his career. One of his singles, “Tun Tun” appears on the VP Records Soca Gold 2014 album- another tremendous accomplishment since he will earn with every record sold by the international record label. His present focus however is providing a visual accompaniment via a video, for his single, ‘Vagabond’. The track, which was written by Tailormade Music and Masterpiece Entertainment and produced by Mr. Roots out of Grenada, was released in May this year. “It delivers a serious Caribbean ‘lavway’ that’s hard to miss,” explained Drue. “This is one I know every carnival lover will surely relate to. I guarantee it,” he said, his excitement uncontainable.
 
As a front line member of the Roy Cape All Stars band, Drue admits to having access to a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise when it comes to bettering his craft. “I’m fortunate to be among people like Dr. Roy Cape, Blaxx and Juice- the musical director. These are musicians who’ve been a part of this industry for many years. They know the ins and outs of the business and every story has a meaning- something to walk away with,” he admitted.
 
Title in hand, the young artiste is hungry for more. “I’ve always known that soca was my calling so there’s no stopping anytime soon,” he said, noting that the development of the genre over the years by those who came before him, has been a good source of encouragement as well. “The music in itself is encouragement because it gives me pleasure to sing for the people who make carnival what it is- the soca lovers. But those who’ve paved the way for us young artistes must be applauded for their hard work over the years,” said Drue. Having been raised in Cocoyea, Trinidad, Drue is very familiar with Trinidad and Tobago’s culture and the masters of every cultural area. Additionally, his mother, television news personality Nicola Barriteau, has been a constant source of knowledge to him. 
 
Social media, his daily connection to his supporters across the Caribbean and the world, Drue invites everyone to join him on Twitter @itsdrue and on Facebook www.facebook.com/itsdrue. The artiste is also very visible on Instagram at ItsDrue, keeping his supporters constantly in the loop on all that he’s up to as he strives to establish himself as a household name in the soca business.
 
Drue and his management team, JC Management are anticipating a memorable Carnival 2015 season for the young act. Bookings atop their minds, Drue and the folks at JC Management can be contacted at Itsdruemusic@gmail.com
 
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