Rocka
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Rocka

Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States | SELF

Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States | SELF
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Rocka (Vocals/Guitar/Piano) was born in de Island of Trinidad and Tobago, origins of Steel Pan and Calypso music. Calypso is a huge part of Rocka's culture and is symbolized by an instrument called the Steel Pan just like the Guitar symbolizes music in America. Each year Trinidad and Tobago has an event call Carnival, similar to Woodstock or the Grammys, that Trinibagonian's look forward to with great anticipation.

He moved to the US to pursue several musical projects but was hit with the reality of life in America, while comforts of home such as rice and peas, bake n shark, curry chicken, roti, sugar cane and drinks like fresh coconut water and carib beer were nowhere to be found in his part of town.

Hungry and thirsty he emerged with RockaLypso a fusion of his past and current life influences therefore winning awards in competitions like DC Idol (Washington DC), Talent Rock (Florida), appeared on ShowTime at the Apollo (New York) and Fox 5 News.

Even though categorized as pop or top 40 his new style called RockaLypso which Rocka is introducing to America was born through a series of original songs he has written based on his varied musical influences over the years.

Genre and icon influences include Calypso artists like Machel Montano, David Rudder, Lord Kitchener, Gypsy, Baron, Scrunter, Buju Banton, Second Image and Reggae artists like Bob Marley, Maxi Priest and Rock artists like Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz, Eagles, U2, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, GnR, Foo Fighters and Metallica. Rocka also shares a great passion for Dance, R&B, Hip Hop and Soul.

The list goes on but just to name a few: Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gay, John Legend, Neyo, Maxwell, Jay Z, P Diddy, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, TI, Dr Dre, Eminem, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Rihanna, Mary J Blige and Beyonce.

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The EP Faces of the Heart contains a selection of acoustic and band songs that showcases Anil Rocks vocal ability, guitar harmonies and composition as a solo artist. His new style RockaLypso has gained local and national attention in the past few years, most notably with the song Emotions. A short history of Rocka is below.

Awards:

First Place - AT&T American Idol to Hollywood 2008
First Place - DC Idol 2007 (Washington, DC)
Star Performer - USA Showcase 2007 (LasVegas)
First Place - USAC Talent show 2006 (Wash DC)
Second Place - Talent Rock 2006 (Las Vegas)
Top Male Vocalist - Talent Rock 2005 (Orlando)

Appearances:

Apollo Theater Showtime at the Apollo (New York)
Fox 5 News (Washington, DC)
Extra on a Notorious B.I.G film (New York, NY)
Extra on 106 & Park (New York, NY)
Extra on American Idol (Los Angeles, CA)
Contestant on reality show Sabotage, (Missouri)
Hosted Kemet Productions showcases (Wash, DC)

Press:

Asiance Magazine (NY)
WireImage (Hollywood, CA)
West County Gazette (Laurel, MD)
Washington Examiner (Washington, DC)
USAC Newsletter (Washington, DC)