credit: Freetown Collective lead singers Muhammad Muwakil (left) and Lou Lyons (right). Photo taken by Jason Audain

Freetown Collective

Freetown Collective is known for producing a sound that is riveting, relevant and authentic. As part of a wave of new calypso artists emerging from the Caribbean, the six-piece dynamic musical ensemble distinguishes itself through a unique blend of Caribbean rhythms and urban pop music.

The band has steadily grown its global reach within the last few years. After a brief international tour in 2015 that saw them grace stages in Rotterdam, Edinburgh, London and Toronto, their track “Good Swimma” was remixed and renamed “Believer” by Major Lazer and Showtek and released in 2016.

The following year, “Believer” received Gold Certification in France and exceeded 40 million views on YouTube. Another collaboration with Showtek saw the release of “Amen”.

Freetown Collective released its debut album entitled “Born in Darkness” in 2018 amidst overwhelmingly critical acclaim. The band’s single with renowned DJ Private Ryan entitled “Feel The Love” occupied the #2 spot on Apple Music’s Top 100 songs (in Trinidad and Tobago) list for 6 weeks in February and March 2020. In 2022, the band released “World on Fire” with soca superstars DJ Private Ryan and Patrice Roberts.

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Events featuring Freetown Collective

Mar 17, 2023
11:00pm — 11:30pm
Presented by
Island Wave
Professional Connections
Freetown Collective is seeking the following:
  • Booking Agent - US
  • Booking Agent - UK/Europe
  • Booking Agent - Worldwide
  • PR/Publicity Agency