The buzz is building for GOATLIFE, the new mixtape from Toronto-based trio John Orpheus that blends fresh afropop with bouncy hip-hop, soca, and dancehall. The group dropped three much-hyped mixtapes in 2017 to set the stage for the Mike Schlosser-produced GOATLIFE, and in this exclusive #CMPremiere, we’re bringing you the electric new video for the title track two days ahead of its wide release.
“‘GOATLIFE’ is the title track from our fourth mixtape,” Orpheus begins on behalf of the group. “It is a stream of consciousness poem on the power of always living our best selves – creativity, flyness, and success. It is also a dark hip-hop epic about a lifestyle inspired by our totem animal, the goat, and paints the frantic fun of the ‘GOATLIFE’ in colours, movement, and words.”
John Orpheus is a Trini troubadour and Pan-African poet whose musical journey has taken him from the Trinidad bush, to blues and folk festivals across Canada, to some of the biggest rock and roll stages in the world.
Born and raised in the town of New Grant, South-Central Trinidad, J.O. grew up singing in Pentecostal and Shango Baptist churches. After attending the famed Presentation College in the same year as legendary soca singer Machel Montano, he immigrated to Canada, where he fully immersed himself in the music life.
His current musical iteration with his creative soulmate, DJ/drummer Sarah Jane Riegler, and singer/dancer Chaenel Mattise combines hip-hop swagger, afrobeats energy, and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks, African rhythms, and Caribbean twang. The group is known for rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting, and impromptu dance offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts.
As J.O. likes to declare: “AH SO WE DO IT!”
Artist photo by R. Kelly Clipperton