EchoSlim Teams Up With Trinipedia & The Ministry of Arts and Multi-culturalism of Trinidad & Tobago
“Trinipedia is a mobile app and we are now launching a project called ‘Shak Shak’ which is introducing the app to Trinidad for the first time. What the app does is scan images and gives you content... We’ve joined with the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism to now bring the project forward using their content, our content…What we realise is that now cellphones have become so much more pervasive. Kids refuse to read books; they’re not even into television that much, just on their phones constantly, they’re walking in the streets heads down. I think I almost knocked a kid over just now; she was like on her phone. So what we wanted to do was find a way to reach the children, using our real culture, our heritage, just keep it alive," says Trinipedia co-founder Deidre Cristal Lee Kin.
Trinipedia is a wise little mobile app that can see and recognise images and objects in the world around you and bring them to life. Imagine reality has another layer. Imagine streets decorated with virtual local history, a heritage building comes to life or collectable vouchers for free coffee at a nearby cafe. Trinipedia is the new interface for our culture, allowing you to discover hidden content and interact with the world in a new and exciting way. Trinipedia uses Augmented Reality (AR), an image recognition and tracking technology, to bridge the gap between digital and physical worlds. The Trinipedia app uses the camera, sensors, and GPS features in your mobile device to transform it into a portal to the digital world. Trinipedia can overlay video, audio, 3-D content and even location-based information onto the real world enhancing your experience of it.
Trinipedia, presented its carnival series Shak Shak “An acoustic journey into the history of Carnival through Calypso”. The golden age of Calypso is long gone but much like the Griots of West Africa our Calypsonians have preserved our past in their storytelling and music. Shak-Shak gives tribute to our Calypsonians and takes a tour with them into the past to capture the mood of Carnivals gone by, the golden age of Calypso and the historic events of the time.
Trinipedia called upon the services of EchoSlim to remix one of the songs from the Shak Shak compilation of classic Calypsos ranging as far back as 1914. The finished product is "I Alone", Feat. Asaru Khem & Small Island Pride, produced by EchoSlim & Asaru Khem. The song features pieces of the classic Calypso "Carnival Celebration" by Small Island Pride. On the recording Carnival Celebration, Small Island Pride was backed by the great John "Buddy" Williams and his Band.
I Alone is available for free download below. Be on the lookout for more music from this collaborative effort.