Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet

Black Fist


From the album New Life
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The Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet (STRQ) was born out of an exploratory effort to fuse intricate masterpieces of Caribbean, African, American, and European composers. With the steeldrum at the helm, STRQ is undoubtedly the world’s most eclectic ensemble. As a steeldrum musician, Thwaites’ vision was to compile a cadre of talented musicians in a manner that would authentically present the steel drum and its deeply rooted history, while simultaneously pushing the instrument and culture to uncharted territories. Bringing together elements of jazz, rhythm and blues, hip hop, afro-beat, and calypso, STRQ pushes the limits of innovation, while remaining loyal to authentic world sounds. STRQ’s music is a healer, a weapon, a legal drug. It truly doesn’t get any better.

NEW LIFE is a musical voyage through Shawn’s past. Each song and vignette offers a glimpse into the experiences and cultural climate that provided the fertile soil in which New Life was birthed. Starting with “Dirty Truth,” Shawn uncovers self-hate and the subsequent realization that his beauty is art and he is the artist. Through these experiences he has learned to celebrate and welcome NEW LIFE!