If music from the Caribbean brings to mind Reggae, Rihanna and Steel bands, think again. Music from all over the region is gaining in international recognition - as it increasingly draws on influences from all around the world.
In Island Sounds, Gemma explores the new sounds of Soca in Trinidad and Barbados, a blend of African and Trinidadian rhythms including interviews with Bajan Soca queen Alison Hinds, Soca producers De Red Boyz, Salt, Bubbles and Nikita at Barbados station Slam 101FM, Bajan Spoken Word artist, DJ and Cultural Ambassador DJ Simmons, calypsonian Adonijah, Bristol/ Trinidadian duo Jus Now and DJ Jillionaire from Major Lazer.
She also reports on attempts to keep musical traditions alive on both Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico. In Guadeloupe - much of the music is driven by a belief in You have to know where you come from to know where you're going..and many young people are rediscovering their Creole music and language as a result. She interviews the father of zouk and founder of Kassav Pierre-Edouard Décimus , Gwoka band Kan'nida, Guadeloupian singer and Tanya St Val a. She finishes her journey in Puerto Rico in the land of Reggaeton and visits the studio of Reggaeton godfather DJ Nelson and chats to Ileana iLe Cabra, vocalist of Puerto Rico's Calle 13, and Puerto Rican Rumba and Bata band ÌFÉ.