Mark Antonio Jiminez —better known by his stage name Ataklan— is a singer/songwriter of the modern Rapso tradition from Trinidad and Tobago. Rapso can be considered the genre of Trini music that has been called a cross between rap and calypso. Ataklan hails from the village of Chinapoo in the heart of Morvant , Laventille. Since his emergence 20 years ago, Ataklan has released tracks including ‘Flambo’, ‘Naked Walk’, ‘Flood on the Main Road’, ‘Shadow in de Dark’, ‘Soca Girl’ and ‘Caribbean Swagga’ among numerous others.

Ataklan underwent vocal and performance training in his formative years from the late great Ras Shorty I who has been recognized as the inventor of what we now know as modern Soca music.

What is clear is that Ataklan is one of the best lyricists, songwriters and freestylers not only of his generation but in all of Trinidad at present.

Edited by petalmel on 2 Jan 2013, 15:31

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