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Rikki Jai Biography

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Rikki Jai was born on 17.10.64. His parents names are Pahalad and Elista Jaimingal. His siblings are Raymond,Mindea,Nimatee,Dhanraj and Angeline.He attended St.Paul’s Anglican,Naparima College,St.Steven College and Queens College New Yorke.Rikki has dark/brown eyes,5’6″ in height and is happily married to Shelly Ann Jaimungal.He is also the father of two handsome boys Aashish and Vaashish and one beautiful girl Aavisha.

BACKGROUND 

Rikki Jai started singing in 1986 with an Indian Orchestra called Naya Andaz and in 1989 joined another Indian Orchestra named Triveni and was a member of that band for two years where he did cover versions of Bollywood songs,Chutney,Calypso and Reggae.

In 1989 Rikki recorded his first calypso single “Sumintra” and has been recording songs every year ever since,to coincide with the annual Carnival that’s celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago. Unfortunately in 1990 he left the Triveni Band to pursue a solo career. Over the last sixteen years he has been touring in many parts of the USA,Canada,Europe,China and the Caribbean.

In 1997 Rikki was privledged to travell to India as part of a Cultural Delegation of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for India’s Independence Celebrations. Then for the second time in 2004 he was invited to tour India to specifically  perform at the Pravasi Bharatiya Conference in Delhi i  recognition for his work in the field of Indian music outside of India.He then toured other cities over over a three week period.

In 2006 Rikki Jai accompanied The Trinidad and Tobago Football team- “The Soca Worriors” to Germany to be part of rhe cultural troupe for the football World Cup games.

Awards

1998 CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
1999 CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
1999 CHUTNEY MONARCH
2000 CHUTNEY MONARCH
2001 CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
2001 YOUNG KING OF CALYPSO
2001 SOUTH CALYPSO MONARCH
2001 NATIONAL UNATTACHED CALYPSO MONARCH
2001 PLACED SEVENTH IN THE DIMANCHE GRAS
CALYPSO COMMPETITION BECOMING THE FIRST EAST INDIAN TO MAKE IT TO THE FINALS OF SAME AND THE FIRST PERSON TO WIN FOUR MAJOR TITLES IN ONE YEAR IN THE CALYPSO AND CHUTNEY HISTORY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.
2002 CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
2003 CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
2005 CHUTNEY MARDI GRAS CHAMPION
2005 NEW YORK CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
2006 SOCA AWARDS :CHUTNEY ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
2006 BEST LYRICIST : MORTOR
2006 MOST POPULAR LOCAL SONG : MORTOR
2006 SONG OF THE YEAR : MORTOR
2010 3RD PLACE GROOVY SOCA MONARCH
(FIRST CHUTNEY TO PLACE IN TOP THREE)
2011 CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH( FIRST
RECIPIENT OF 2MILLION PRIZE BY PEOPLE’S PARTNERSHIP GOVT)
2012 INDEPENDENCE CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH (1ST WINNER )
2012 AWARDED NATIONAL AWARD HUMMING
BIRD GOLD IN FIELD OF CULTURE
2015 DOUBLE JOINT CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
AND TRADITIONAL CHUTNEY MONARCH

Hobbies

  • Loves listening to music of all types
  • Cricket and football lover
  • Enjoys trips to the beach
  •  Going to the Movies
  • Loves hanging out with close friends
Booking Information

CONTACT: TELEPHONE USA- 7188454013
TRINIDAD 868-6525951/6202683
EMAIL rikkijai@gmail.com

Written by Sangeeta D’Songstar

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