Derek Sandy

Reggae artist Derek Sandy is bringing waves of Caribbean musical sunshine to his adopted home of the Isle of Wight, with a new album featuring a song designed to become a tourist anthem.

Derek Sandy arrived on the Isle of Wight from his native Trinidad and Tobago six and a half years ago. Despite not planning to stay for more than a few months, he needed to work so he turned to singing - in doing so, he seems to have brought some Caribbean sunshine to the Island.

The 45-year-old singer-songwriter now describes himself as the "local Bob Marley", his reggae and Motown-inspired tracks going down a storm at traditional Island events like Cowes Week, the Old Gaffers Festival and the Garlic Festival: "I always bring a real vibrant energy - from the youngest kid to the oldest person."

He was singing in his local church from the age of five and he later joined a band called the Trinidad Troubadours which supported artists like Bob Marley and the Wailers, Lionel Richie and the Commodores and Billy Ocean on their Caribbean tours.



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