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Caribbean Music Heavyweights Take over NYC’s West Indian Day Parade.



Jamaica’s finest made their way to New York city’s Labour Day festivities this year, among them, one of the best female acts to hit the scene in recent time, Ms. Shenseea- the woman whose voice and accent just cannot be missed. The Jamaican artiste recently teamed up with Trinidad and Tobago’s Nailah Blackman on a track called, “Baddish”. This past weekend however, she was in New York and in her company were a few of Jamaica’s finest fellows.

Jamaica artistes spotted hanging out during Labour Day festivities.

This year’s West Indian Day Parade saw an outpouring of Caribbean acts. Hot97FM’s “Pon De Soca and Reggae Tip” excited many days prior to the actual festivities along the Eastern Parkway. Artistes like Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Kranium, Charly Black, Kevin Little, Rupee, Bunji Garlin and Tifa, were all a part of that event on September 1st. Of course, Bunji’s Apple Store appearance and Soca discussion was next on the agenda- this as the Viking heavily promoted it on his social media platforms, ensuring that the crowds came… and that they did.

Machel Montano made a surprise appearance at Rupee’s birthday bash.

Barbados’ Rupee held his birthday bash during the pre Labor Day enjoyment, bringing out fans and supporters of Soca to the Resorts World Casino in New York on Sunday. Kees, Fay Ann, Bunji, Road March King of T&T MX Prime, Kerwin Du Bois, Lyrikal, Skinny Fabulous, Teddyson John, Biggie Irie, Rayzor and Leonce of NYC’s Request Band, Ricardo Drue and even Machel Montano, were a part of it, among others. Rupee labeled the event, Tipsy- the name of his 2017 hit single that remains a consistent part of the music lineup on most Caribbean frequencies.

The Jamaican influence was however felt at other venues and when it came to Labour Day, artistes like Charly Black, Sean Paul and Shenseea were spotted hanging out and having a great time. T&T’s

Terri Lyons with Shurwayne Winchester in Brooklyn.

Shurwayne Winchester and Terri Lyons were a part of the action on the streets of Brooklyn as well. Winchester mounted a truck and he and Lyons were photographed in the streets, during the excitement.

There have, so far, been no reports of violence related to the festival on the weekend. This year’s J’ouvert celebration kicked off at 6am, much to the disappointment of some, but by all accounts, the fun went on without hindrance.

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Bass Says it Loud and Clear! He Wants More Brotherhood in T&T After Murder Suicide in Carenage.




Bass calls on men to help each other.

A murder suicide in the Carenage area of West Trinidad on Saturday has sent ripples through the country. The young woman shot and killed, was the mother of a three -year- old boy. Her daughter’s father subsequently killed himself, leaving a note to his son, saying simply, “Sorry”. Entertainer and radio personality, Adrian Hackshaw, the man best known as Third Bass, says it’s time for men to help each other.

In a social media post on Saturday, Bass said:

 “Men, let’s start talking to help each other deal with our emotions better…. PLEASE. #BrotherBrother #goodness.”

It isn’t the first time that the often vocal radio mic man has given vent to his personal emotions on social issues. In a subsequent social media post, later in the evening, Bass questioned whether the situation that unraveled in Carnage, could’ve been prevented. He questioned whether anyone of the couple’s friends or family members had attempted to intervene or were otherwise told to stay out of it.

Domestic Violence and its effect on children, family members and by extension, society, remains a topic of much study. In Minnesota, a small community called, Duluth has effected the Deluth model of dealing with Domestic Violence. This is what it is:

 Duluth Model approach Employs the following:

  • Takes the blame off the victim and places the accountability for abuse on the offender.
  •  Shares policies and procedures for holding offenders accountable and keeping victims safe across all agencies in the criminal and civil justice systems from contacting the police to the entering the court system.
  • Prioritizes the voices and experiences of women who experience battering in the creation of those policies and procedures.
  • Believes that battering is a pattern of actions used to intentionally control or dominate an intimate partner and actively works to change societal conditions that support men’s use of tactics of power and control over women.
  • Offers change opportunities for offenders through court-ordered educational groups for batterers.
  • Has ongoing discussions between criminal and civil justice agencies, community members and victims to close gaps and improve the community’s response to battering.

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Machel Montano and Kernel Roberts Win Court Appeal in Zen Fracas Case.



Machel Montano on stage.

The case involving Soca heavyweight Machel Montano and his former band mate, producer, Kernal Roberts yesterday reached another milestone with a ruling that saw the appeal won by the entertainers. The Zen Nightclub incident case has spanned almost a decade. Montano, who has been relatively quiet in recent weeks, showing fans more of a spiritual side on his social media platforms, is undoubtedly planning his Carnival 2018 season. Speculation is rife that top names in music internationally, may be included in the Machel Monday lineup, once again in 2018.

We spoke with Montano’s mother, Elizabeth Montano yesterday. She explained that there will be a retrial of the case, despite the duo having won the appeal. Mrs. Montano told us that the reason given for this is simply the fact that Montano and Roberts are public figures, Montano being an icon in his own right, and based on public interest in the case, a retrial was thought necessary by the judge.

Montano meanwhile, yesterday took to social media to thank fellow artistes, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons for the past year, having worked closely with them after the release of the single, “Buss Head.”

He said:

“It was a real blessing for @chekothari, my team and I to partner with @bunjigarlin, @fayannlyons and the entire #Viking#GroundEmpire team for the Buss Head Tour. We developed not only a business relationship, but a true friendship. We received an overwhelming amount of love and support at every stop along the Tour – Toronto, Barbados, London, New York and Miami. Sending much love to the global Soca Massive that supported this song and movement. Much more to come! Respect!”




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