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Drupatee Ramgoonai

Born 6 March 1958 in Charlo Village, Penal

She started singing alongside her mother in the mandir at a young age, then went on to learn Classical singing at the feet of her trainer Ustad James Ramsewak.

She also gained exposure on Mastana Bahar, the Indian Cultural Pageant, winning the local song category in 1983 and 1984

Her repertoire included local classical, bhajans, local songs and film songs. She also had some formal vocal training in Indian Classical music from classes under the acclaimed Professor Adesh.

She recorded her first crossover tune in 1987, entitled "Chutney Soca", and gained moderate success in the calypso tents.The following year she had her mega hit "Mr Bissessar (Roll Up de Tassa)", which brought her international acclaim and served as the nursery for this genre of music called chutney soca, resulting in a commercial market being created for this type of music as well.

She was consistent for many years with hits such as "Pepper", "Hotter Than a Chulha", "Careless Driver", "Motilal", "Tassawalley", and "Manzalina" and even the monster hit "Wuk Up D Ladki" with Machel Montano.

Her more recent contributions include "Mohana bina Gowna", "Doh Beat Yuh Wife", "Parosin Maco-ing", "D Wedding Song", "Chutney Soca Wine", and "Violin".

She has won Nafieta awards and various trophies plus other awards for her unmatched contribution to Chutney Soca music.

She is regarded as the Chutney Soca Queen for the blending of these musical styles in some of her songs like "Chutney Soca", "Hotter than a Chulha" and Special Brew. In recent years she has even started doing soca parang at Christmas time with songs such as "Chutney Parang" and "Fruit Cake".

She created history as being the first woman of East Indian descent to sing calypso/soca.

She is well known throughout the world for her hot and spicy Chutney soca performances. She has performed throughout the Caribbean, North America, Europe and even India alongside many internationally renowned stars. Up to this day she continues to release tasteful music and do various performances across the globe and is still a force to be reckoned with. In Kumar Mahabir's publication Portraits of Chutney Singers in Trinidad and Tobago (2012) she was hailed as the "undisputed Chutney Queen". In 2016 She signed an exclusive digital distribution agreement with Fox Fuse, making her entire music catalog available digitally worldwide for the first time.

Collaborations

  • "Indian Gyal" – Drupatee & Machel Montano

  • "Real Unity" – Drupatee & Machel Montano

  • "Nani Wine Remix" – Drupatee & Crazy

  • "Curry Tabanca" – Drupatee & Mighty Trini

  • "Roll Up De Tassa" – Drupatee, ft. Alison Hinds

  • "Be Mines Tonight" – Drupatee & Blazer

  • "Jep Sting Naina" – Drupatee, ft. Lalchan Babwa (Hunter), Neeshan Prabhoo, Ravi Bissambhar, Anil Bheem, Andy Singh

Singles 

Chatnee Soca (English)

Nowjawaan

Granjaa

Chatnee Soca (Hindi)

Chunwah Aur Punwah

Aana Jaana

Mr. Bissessar /

Come Together

Pepper Pepper

Hotter Than Ah Chulha

Pepper Pepper Re-Mix

Hotter Than Ah Chulha Re-Mix

O Tassawaaley

Jhoom Ghoom

Saajan

Mainay Naheen Kaaha

Moruguwah

Yeh Mat Pucho

Throw Me Down

Laalo

Laalo Club Mix

This Land Is Mine

Police Look A Thief

Police Look A Thief Club Mix and more