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Archived: Amber Rose, Blac Chyna Roll Into Trinidad

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The occasion- Baewatch. The reason- post Carnival cool down. The vibe- anything you want it to be.

Blac Chyna with the promoter of Baewatch, Rondell Roberts of 66 Entertainment.

Blac Chyna with the promoter of Baewatch, Rondell Roberts of 66 Entertainment.

LASHED creator, Blac Chyna and Wiz Khalifa’s baby momma and author of “How To Be A Bad Bi#ch”, Amber Rose strolled through customs at the Piarco International Airport last night, set for what’s been dubbed, the only post carnival pump worth attending in T&T. The friends have already been spotted getting comfy on the island, posting pics and video to Instagram and getting ready for tomorrow’s day of epicness on the road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad where the entire country and tourists who’ve touched down, will parade the streets in tantalizing bikinis decorated with beads and feathers, for all to see.

Amber Rose donned a Trinidad and Tobago bikini top, telling fans on Instagram that she had arrived on the island.

Amber Rose donned a Trinidad and Tobago bikini top, telling fans on Instagram that she had arrived on the island.

Rose hosted the event in Trinidad last year and was invited back to T&T in 2016. The invitation was also extended to Blac Chyna and what’s expected to unfold can only be described as “explosive”. Last year, Rose’s trip to Trinidad was highlighted by international media and again, in 2016, upon Rose and Chyna’s arrival in T&T, entertainment media outlets, Mirror.co.uk and Dailymail.co.uk have begun spewing deets on the trip that has only just begun. A Daily Mail headline reads, “Time to party! Amber Rose and Blac Chyna keep it simple in black as they arrive in Trinidad for Carnival.” On Mirror.uk, the headline hints of some drama within the story- “Chyna and Amber Rose put recent drama behind them to party at Trinidad Carnival.”

 

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Trinidad and Tobago Makes African Link with Sweet AfroSoca Sound. Cherry Bum Bum Takes Flight.

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There’s no better time than the present to build strong connections within the black community. The Caribbean and the African continent have a wealth of similarities and this has again been proven in what can only be described as an unexpected but timely musical connection. 

Africa’s Burkina Faso meets Trinidad and Tobago, via two relatively unknown but soon to blow up musicians. For the artiste known simply as Calypso Don- a four time Calypso Monarch champion in the UK, the opportunity to work with 21-year-old producer, Namuli Idriss, who’s best known as Esby One by his peers in Burkina Faso, has been an honour. “I was very surprised when he reached out to me. I asked myself if God had sent this young man to me,” said Calypso Don. The link was made after a challenge he’d posted to Instagram for his single, “Call on Jah”, had somehow made it to parts of the motherland.” The challenge went viral and he heard the music. He reached out to me and asked whether he could send me some music to listen to. I agreed and I was blown away by how good the music was. I couldn’t believe he had chosen me. I thought to myself, he could’ve chosen Kees, Machel, anybody…why me?” said the T&T born artist. 

Calypso Don responded to that initial correspondence, indicating which of the music received, he particularly liked. “When he responded to me, I received his vocals on the track and a message indicating that I could then add my vocals and lyrics, as I wished. I was so surprised,” he said. A calypso writer himself, Calyspo Don penned his English lyrics, later adding his vocals to what had already been created by his Burkina Faso counterpart in his native French tongue. The end result was a song that was called, ‘Cherry Bum Bum.’ “I was told that it’s a slang in Burkina Faso and what’s funny is that he doesn’t know of Lord Kitchener from Trinidad and Tobago who once sang a song that similarly entitled, ‘Sugar Bum Bum,” said Calypso Don with a chuckle. 

The musical connection has fostered a relationship that Calypso Don is tremendously excited about. “This is Afro-soca and I’m very proud to be a part of this sound. This young producer out of Burkina Faso is very talented and he’s an upcoming producer in that part of the world. A lot of eyes are on him,” said the entertainer. The connection has also created a professional opportunity for Calypso Don as he has been cited by the African producer as a new go-to songwriter for artistes attached to his production house. “They seem to like my writing and Namuli has extended the opportunity to me, which I’m happy to accept,” he said. 

‘Cherry Bum Bum’ speaks of a Caribbean woman who leaves the islands, traveling to the African continent where she is seen dancing in her Caribbean style. She is an instant hit there and becomes the woman referred to as ‘Cherry Bum Bum.’ The Afro-beats sound becoming increasingly popular globally, Calypso Don anticipates that at home in T&T, DJs and radio personalities would give it the rotation it needs to propel it to the next level. “We must see the beauty in connections like these. This is truly am honor for me and likewise, for him. He doesn’t know much about Soca music, he told me, but he knows and appreciates Calypso music,” said Calypso Don. 

The song is now available for purchase on all popular streaming platforms. To keep up with the moves being made by Calypso Don, follow him on Instagram @doncalypso and check out his YouTube channel by searching for Calypso Don. 

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Rihanna’s Still Working on that 9th Album. Tells Fans It’ll Be Worth The Wait.

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Would you believe it’s been four years since Barbados born, international music sensation, Rihanna released her last album. That album was called Anti, if you remember and since that time, fans worldwide, have been clamouring for the release of a ninth album. The singer however says she’s not going to put out an album just because people are anticipating one. In fact she says she’s gonna make that album worth the wait.

Rihanna spoke candidly with ET’s Rachel Smith about R9 recently. She admitted that she understands that her fans are n desperate need of her new music, but she’s making it worth the wait.

“I am always working on music,” said the artist, however she explained, “when I am ready to put it out in the way that I feel fit, it’s gonna come out. And you’re not going to be disappointed when it happens. It’s going to be worth it.”

Fifteen years ago Rihanna released her debut album, “Pon de Replay.” “I’m 15 years older. I thought that was just a few years ago, now it’s like a decade plus,” she reminisced during the video chat. The 32-year-old said she is really grateful to still be here and able to expand on other ventures. ” It’s been fun and I can’t even complain,” she said.

The Fenty Beauty entrepreneur will launch her new skincare line, Fenty Skin tomorrow, exclusively via FentySkin.com. Rappers A$ap Rocky, Lil Nas X, and supermodel Paloma Elsesser all appear in the campaign.

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