The Bajan King

Edwin “The Bajan King” Howell had a love for music even as a little boy growing up in St. Lucy, Barbados. That love has helped him become “The King” in Caribbean music in New York today. Born to Mannetha and Osbert Howell, of Checker Hall, St. Lucy, Edwin attended Half Moon Fort schools before moving to Brooklyn, NY with his parents in the early 80’s and completing his education. Starting as a DJ in the clubs, he first got his radio break in the early 1990s with the late William “Love Doctor” Blake and Prince Kalunda on WNWK (105.9 FM). In the summers of ‘95, ’96 and ’97, Edwin began mixing for Bob Frederick on WLIB (1190 AM)’s “Spring-Summer Jam”. In 1996 he hosted his own show on WNWK on Sunday evenings from 9 to 10 PM, where he started to build a following of listeners representing all of the Caribbean. At the same time, Edwin was also making waves in the music business at his full time job with VP Record Distributors, where he continues as a Manager/ A & R Rep., compiling and producing compilation CDs such as Soca Gold, Reggae Gold, Strictly The Best, D’ Soca Zone and Soca 101 just to name a few.

Edwin has been the recipient of many awards including Reggae/Soca Music Awards for Executive Producer of the Year 2000-2006 Manager of the Year 2003 & 2004, Producer of the Year 2003, 2004 & 2006. Also for Soca Gold 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Bajan King Promotions Inc, of which Edwin is CEO and founder of, is a managerial and promotion company responsible for selecting, mentoring and advising artists in mostly Caribbean music. He manages artists and organizes national and international tours for his individual artists and groups. Edwin is a member of The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union. Edwin “The Bajan King” Howell currently is working with artists such as Bunji Garlin and Edwin Yearwood, hoping all the while to see his dream of a Grammy Award for Soca, one day in the very near future.