On June 6, up-and-coming Canadian female hip-hop and R&B artist Cocanina released her first major single along with an accompanying music video which has been turning heads; not only for her style and beauty but also for her versatility to both sing and rap at an elevated level.
The track “Day-O” was produced by Obi and was actually originally written by Cocanina for international star Rihanna. When Rihanna decided to move in a different direction with her new album, Cocanina knew she still had to let the world see the amazing song that she had written. Eventually, Cocanina decided to make it her own. The track “Day-O” is a play off of the old Harry Belafonte classic (“The Banana Boat Song”) that most people will remember from their parent’s music collection, and gives the listeners a blast of summer that we’d all been waiting for.
Cocanina takes pride in her multiculturalism so she had to take it back to her home of Trinidad and Tobago to shoot the music video which served as a vibrant backdrop with its beaches, fruit markets and waterfalls. The color palette chosen for the video provides a tropical summertime feel with its light aqua blues and shades of soft orange supplied by the sunset. It perfectly compliments Cocanina’s soft yet deep voice tones. The video itself is a good mix of performance shots and some cool drone footage of Cocanina on a jet ski, with some beach time-lapse footage mixed in, which gives that tropical island vibe. The video was filmed by Master B Pixel Studio and edited by Phase Four Productions.
For more Cocanina, be sure to check out her Valentine’s Day EP release, 5, and her feature on the “Mismatch” remix by Roney. On July 2, the Cocanina-assisted “Life In The Garden 2” was featured on the new project 61st Music from budding Toronto star Blacka Da Don. The accompanying video for “Life In The Garden 2” was released on June 12.
We expect to see a lot more coming from Cocanina in the near future. Along with being a well-rounded musician, Cocanina is also running a social media account dedicated to her incredible works of art (@ColourMeCoca), and another dedicated to her love of food (@CheffinUpWitNina).
Cocanina’s latest single is HipHopCanada’s Song of the Day. You can check out the videos for “Day-O” and “Life In The Garden 2” below.
You can follow @Cocanina5 on Instagram.
Written by Kyle McNeil for HipHopCanada