Vocalists Neysa, Cuppa, and Yola each represent a different island, and collectively they carry the sound of the tropics with them. Yola’s rapid-fire verses, Cuppa’s reggae-inflected chanting, and Neysa’s sweet, French-tropical singing, all come together in a single-mindedness reflective of their dedication and musical vision. ‘Fête’ is their hard-hitting, streamlined debut single, and each singer takes turns to perform insistent, tugging synthesizer riff and a head-bobbing beat.
Translating as “a party”, ‘Fête’ is better described as a neighbourhood festival, and Triple Island, based in Brooklyn, certainly know how to show their fans a good time. The music video begins with the bright lights and boardwalks of Coney Island, before moving on to the colourful multi-culturalism of Flatbush, both places where a fête is likely to happen at any time.
The video begins with the bright lights and boardwalk excitement of Coney Island, and then, the colorful, polyglot blocks of Flatbush. These are places of great cultural richness – areas where a fête is always likely to happen. In other words, they’re places where these vocalists feel right at home. The video also features footage shot at Brooklyn’s Haitian Day Parade, and the clip allows the three artists to showcase their easygoing swagger, as well as their on-screen charisma and absolute chemistry, which shows in every single frame of ‘Fête’. The song and the video are metaphors for acceptance and the beauty of diversity, and encourage the listener and viewer alike to embrace our own differences and, well, have a party.
You can find Triple Island on Instagram. Watch the video for ‘Fête’: