5 Star Akil - Side Jam (Night Fall Riddim) "2020 Soca" [Stadic x Adigun]
While it may seem like every urban radio Dj now has the ambition to be a Soca star, there are some among them who are genuinely inclined; some who possess the talent. Barbados is among the Caribbean’s cultural gems. Within its shores lie boundless elements of cultural beauty – singers and musicians, artistes and designers, all contributing to the region’s unique aesthetic. Enter Kirk Brown…Pushing his brand of soca and entertainment across the world, Barbados’ Kirk Brown recently returned from China. He was one of his island’s cultural ambassadors that saw him stand on stage before the Chinese people and deliver Barbados’ sweet soca. It’s nothing new for him. Brown’s been a part of the entertainment arena in Barbados for many years. One of his career highlights is having opened for Rihanna, Shaggy and NeYo. “I love music and you me, Soca is on its way to making it into the mainstream market. I’m eager to be a part of that,” he told Ebuzztt.
Love him or hate him, Soca’s reigning Groovy Soca Monarch champ, Swappi has a place in any carnival atmosphere. The singer, prior to carnival 2019, had endured a rough patch, telling Ebuzztt following his Monarch win, that there’d been many times he’d almost given up. Fast forward to October 2019, and Swappi is enjoying life and success. Miami Carnival was all the rave this past weekend. The Soca artistes all represented well. Whether they hit the big stage at Fairgrounds or performed at private events like Soca Brainwash, Lyrikal and Friends, Rise and Shine or Soca Kingdom, their presence in Miami was definitely certain and spreading the sweetness of soca was the mission.
Miami Carnival is anticipated annually. Thousands flock to the hot Miami Beach hotels, enjoying the Collins Avenue atmosphere in the days leading up to the J’ouvert on the Saturday and the parade of the bands on the Sunday. With endless restaurants shopping and entertainment options in this hub of fun, Caribbean people, who are traditionally fun at heart, have no problem settling in. On Saturday morning all roads led to the Miami J’ouvert and EBUZZTT took in the action. In true Caribbean style, big trucks assembled, Djs from around the world gathered to bring the vibe to the people and crowds of eager fetters, penetrated the scene. Like any typical J’ouvert, there was paint, powder, water and lots of smiles. Along the venue, there were food stalls delivering sumptuous Caribbean cuisine which included many Jamaican dishes, like rice and peas and ox tail. There was also Trinidad and Tobago delights like Shark and fries and soup.
Famalay Hits Apple iTunes With Major Accomplishment. Skinny Reveals Decision For Collab Came After Demo.
Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin are on to something! Their collaborative hit single, “Famalay” which was released just about two weeks ago, has struck the iTunes chart in a major way, becoming the #1 selling song from the Caribbean, globally on the iTunes Reggae Top 100 chart. The song was said to be holding on to the #5 spot on Thursday. Skinny Fabulous revealed the news via social media, saying, “I know this also will provoke the discussion about SOCA not having it’s own established genre but until that day comes when we win the good fight for Soca recognition, let’s celebrate this #1 on the Reggae Chart or any other chart worldwide for that matter.” Skinny, who hails from St. Vincent says he intended the song to be a single that would be a true representation of various aspects of the Caribbean and its music genres. He said the song was sent to him by International DJ Stephen who received it from Dominican producer Dada Lawerence. In penning words to…
Every Caribbean person has this image in their minds of Shivonne Church in her up and coming days. Her major breakthrough moment with the single ,”Bump,” remains a contender with her present day persona , so much so that even after announcing that she’d be dropping ‘Lil’ and instead be going by just , Bitts, the artiste has often had to recant and answer to Lil Bitts. Branding is a hell of a thing. Now married, the young entertainer’s been leveraging her love for culture and the arts, working arduously behind the scenes in mas making, theatre and of course, music.
Nadia Batson and Farmer Nappy are definitely gonna be in every big fete in carnival 2019. If they’re not, well, something would be wrong. Beyond that, these two, with two of the most played, and certainly most requested soca tracks heading into Carnival 2019, will be on tour throughout the year. Don’t say we didn’t predict it! Both Soca artistes penetrated a feting crowd on the weekend at SOS in Tobago, proving that their singles are carnival ready. Farmer’s “Hookin’ Meh’ and Batson’s, “So Long”, were immediate hits upon release prior to the Christmas holiday and since the music releases, both artistes have been warmly embraced by soca lovers, the world over.
Tobago-born Calypso Rose is more than a diva. She’s a boss. In fact, the almost 79-year-old hit maker who was last year awarded the Grand Prize for World Music award at the Sacem Grand Prix in France, is set to make her debut at Coachella, in 2019. The festival, which has seen the likes of Beyonce, Madonna and Kendrick Lamar hit the stage in previous years, is a major music and arts showcase and party that sees thousands flood the venue over a two weekend period. This year, between April 12th and April 21st, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae, Diplo, Ariana Grande, Khalid, Solange, Kid Cudi, Pusha and Wiz Khalifa will be a part of the musical excitement. Added to that is none other that this amazing Calypso icon of Trinidad and Tobago, Calypso Rose.
Barbados’ golden boy, Rupee is back in the driver’s seat ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 carnival season. He’s one of those entertainers whose vibe never gets old. He’s loved world over but when it comes to his appeal among the ladies in Trinidad and Tobago, Rupee outdoes himself every timeA brand new single released, Rupee’s looking great heading into the carnival 2019 season. His latest single is called ‘Perfect Fit’ and was produced by Billboard charting producers Stadic & Jonny Blaze. It’s described as the perfect dose of sexy and sensual tropical vibes. The track, according to the a duo, is a modern genre- bending production to set the mood and landscape of new music heading into 2019. This release follows a string of massive records by Rupee, including last year’s smash “Tipsy” and the record-breaking hit “Tempted To Touch”, named by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 10 Caribbean anthems of the 21st century..The track was written by…
She has given us great music. Whether the songs she’s delivered time and time again, have made it to the mainstream soca circuit in Trinidad and Tobago, is another story. For Terri Lyons, her fight to maintain the true sound of the Soca genre, is more important. She believes we’re losing the essence of what Soca is, altering the sound a bit too much, something she says will have adverse effects for the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, in years to comEBUZZTT.COM spoke with the younger of SuperBlue’s two daughters in entertainment, recently. She admitted that evolution, while often hard to accept, is essentially inevitable, but lamented that while much is changing about Soca music’s sound, the attitude of the population when it comes to accepting the genre’s worth and that of the artistes who give so much of themselves, to keep it going, is not changing. “One thing that isn’t changing much is our attitude toward our own culture- to us, to keeping our heritage and history…
(Trinidad Guardian) After more than 35 years in the art form, soca king Machel Montano is being awarded an Honorary Doctorate in by the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). Montano, who will celebrate his 44th birthday on November 24, is among five people who will be receiving auspicious awards for their contribution to society in education, culture, fine arts, science and sports at the UTT’s presentation of graduates next week.
Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival is nothing without the sweet sound of the steel pan. Paying homage to the great men and women, and even youngsters who live their lives passionately beating the percussion instrument, the granddaughter of Ras Shorty I, Nailah Blackman, has unleashed a brand new track that’s both aesthetically pleasing and rhythmically hot, and we’re here for it! On Monday, the hit maker, who only shot to fame about a year and a half ago, delivered her new release via LIVE social media updates, showing fans of Soca that their music can reach them beyond the traditional radio airwaves. The new track, “Iron Love”, features the Laventille Rhythm Section, and was produced by Anson Soverall.
There’s nothing like a woman with a sick lyrical aptitude. When that woman’s the daughter of one of the Caribbean’s most decorated Soca artistes and the wife of the lyricist himself, that ability triples. It’s Friday and Fay-Ann Lyons and her husband Bunji Garlin have both unleashed two riveting social commentary type soca tracks, this as the path to the most anticipated season, Carnival 2019, becomes vividly apparent
The Ecliff Elie menswear brand- a steadily growing and well-reputed Trinidad and Tobago design brand, was recently, a part of the Caribbean’s most anticipated fashion event, Dominicana Moda 2018.
As public outcry intensifies for Trinidad and Tobago’s government to diversify the economy and place a bit more emphasis on Tourism, and brand Tobago, one promoter is doing his part to ensure the world knows that Tobago is an amazing destination, worth visiting. “It’s time we wake up. It’s time we put in the work and that means all of us must do our part,” says Randy Glasgow; this as he explains he’s been meeting with officials of the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, the Tobago House of Assembly and tourism officials across the islands to ensure that Tobago experiences the biggest and most successful Carnival themed festival event, in 2019. The Tobago Loves Soca weekend will be epic, by all accounts, explains Glasgow, and he’s got an A Class DJ cast to prove it.
Social media was abuzz with photos leading up to the October 20th nuptials of Soca DJ, International DJ Stephen and his wife, Zinaida McNamara. The two were engaged in a pretty public setting aboard the Uber Soca Cruise last year. This past weekend, soca stars from around the Caribbean glammed up and made their grand entries at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Miami, to celebrate the coming together as one, of a couple who’ve staked their individual claims to the entertainment limelight, and unitedly, have now staked their claim to each other.
He’s one of the Caribbean’s most humble talents but ahead of the Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent born songwriter and artist, Problem Child is prepared to show the world just what he’s got, recently explaining to EBUZZTT exclusively that he’s got a very smart strategy that he cannot reveal just yet, but one that will certainly be recognised as time rolls on. Today, the singer celebrates his birthday.
One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation. Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.
Another legend has left the earth. The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most unique calypsonians passed away at hospital this morning. He was 77 years old. Word of his death has since spread like wildfire on social media as many send their condolences to family, friends and members of the cultural fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago. Shadow was well admired for his unique style of vocal and stage execution. Always donning black, the veteran artist would wow crowds with simple theatrics and a bounce that many will forever know as “The Shadow”. A former Road March King of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Bailey contributed many carnival anthems during his career. In 1974 he had stolen the Road March race with a song called “Bassman” and in 2001 he did it again with “Stranger”. But beyond that, Shadow’s delivery of songs like “Poverty is Hell” spoke to the psyche of the nation’s people. EBUZZTT has learnt that the calypsonian was due to receive an honorary…
Trinidad and Tobago born Nicki Minaj is aware of the devastation being experienced following weekend flooding in Trinidad. The “Chun-Li” singer reposted a video initially highlighted by Soca artist, Bunji Garlin on Instagram on Sunday. It has since amassed over 200,000 views with other international celebrities now paying attention.
Giselle The Wassi Is Miami Carnival’s MVP. Carnival Ambassador Pours Endless Vibes Wherever She Goes.
It’s been 31 years since she began putting her heart and soul into the Miami Carnival excitement and never has she regretted the decision. With the Miami Broward Carnival committee celebrating 32 years of hosting the annual event in 2018, Giselle The Wassi One has been on the journey for 31 of those years, a fact that puts it all into perspective, making her undoubtedly the Most Valuable Player in the game, by all accounts.
Good Vibes Aboard The First Ever Afro Soca Cruise. Erphaan, Slaughter, Turner, Problem Child All Impress.
There’s something about Caribbean people’s strong desire to share the culture of these parts with the world. For Juliana Fermin and her team of just a few, the passion to showcase the beauty of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension, the Caribbean’s culture, is unparalleled.
Trinidad and Tobago and the entertainment fraternity in the Caribbean will certainly miss Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore. The Ace Pannist, composer and arranger died on Sunday morning at 9:30am, having been hospitalized after a vehicular accident on Republic Day in Trinidad. Ken Professor Philmore was a gem to Trinidad and Tobago Philmore’s name is revered on the entertainment landscape in Trinidad and Tobago and his sudden passing at the age of 53 has certainly left a void that could never be filled. In a press statement, Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Communications, Stuart Young said, ” Through this music, he did this country proud wherever he played, bringing recognition not only to our country, but to our beloved national instrument, the steel pan. He showed us that through dedication and love for the art form, it was possible to become one of the best.” On social media, entertainment professionals have been expressing their grief. Production house, MasterMind Productions…
Soca Artiste/ Radio Personality Hits Harder. Tips His Hat to Ground DJs. Argues, Radio DJs Are Followers.
Now this could be controversial but, it’d be worth it.