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Archived: Arturo Tappin Wows Tobago Jazz Experience

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By the end of what was possibly an hour long performance by acclaimed Barbados born saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, there was no question that Tobago had made the best possible choice for what was the first event on the 2013 Tobago Jazz Experience calendar.

Arturo Tapin stands atop a chair in the crowd with his Saxophone.

Arturo Tappin stands atop a chair in the crowd with his Saxophone.

Tappin, a world renowned musician, brought a savvy sense of musical style and flair to Speyside- something that was welcomed by every patron no doubt. Stylishly dressed in a pink shirt and white trousers with his long Caribbean dreadlocks almost to the ground, Tappin stood like a tower of musical bliss atop the stage at the Speyside Recreation Grounds, belting out notes from his saxophone which lingered in the air and filled the field with a sense of calm that was savored from start to finish. He performed a number of musical selections, among them Bunji Garlin’s Differentology, Mr. Vegas’ Bruk It Out, Psy’s Gangam Style and certainly other traditional songs that were truly enjoyed by the crowd. He was even moved to step off the stage for a bit and climbing atop a chair in the crowd, Tappin danced and blew his saxaphone with vigor and sweetness.

The Tobago Jazz experience will continue tonight at the Signal Hill Recreation Grounds with acts like Positive, Isaac Blackman, Kimba Sorzano, J-Major, Samuel Duncan and Stephanie Winchester among others. Judging from the representation at the free event in Speyside last evening, we at ETCETERABUZZ.COM are certainly expecting a strong turnout in Signal Hill later today and while Tappin won’t be on the cast again this evening, he’ll be showing off his skill on the sax again on April 27th when he makes an appearance at Mt. Irvine Bay for Jazz on the Beach.

 

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Kes the Band Not Suing Apple or Remi Wolf.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band is not filing litigation proceedings against tech giant Apple, or US artist, Remi Wolf. A statement on the matter has been issued by the band.

Earlier this week, news broke that Kees and his team would be initiating litigation against Wolf over the similarity of the lyric “Hello” in Wolfe’s track “Hello Hello Hello,” which has been used by Apple for their new iPhone commercial.

“While we too have noted the similarity, we do not intend to take legal action against Apple, Remi Wolf or Island Records. However, we do wish to use this moment to call attention to the global resonance of soca music,” the statement reads.

The band explains that while borrowers of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural capital have sometimes credited the original sources, in many instances they have not. “Similarly, interpretations of our music have often gained access to promotion and corporate investment that is simply not afforded to our own local musicians, producers and songwriters,” it continues.

Rationally, the band says they hope that people from all over the world will recognize the soca/calypso genre as the treasure that it is and, when they hear aspects and elements of it in music from other places, understand and appreciate where the influences comes from. “We will always fight for the genre, and the music of Trinidad & Tobago,” the statement concludes.

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Lyrikal Gets Real. “We Gotta Find A Way to Live Through This Or We’ll End Up Homeless.”

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Soca artiste Lyrikal is coming as real as it gets. Several new songs released over the pandemic period, Lyrikal admits it hasn’t been easy. Based in New York, where the coronavirus proved to have devastating effects over the past nine months, Lyrical says the potential has been there, for many in the Entertainment industry to go into a deep state of depression.

“It’s been overwhelmingly frustrating,” he says to us in a virtual interview. “The fact that we as human beings can’t function in the manner that we’re used to mentally, emotionally and financially, we tend to do things that may seem inappropriate and irresponsible to some,” he said.

For months, as Trinidad and Tobago remained under heavy restriction as a result of the pandemic, Soca lovers and fans questioned the apparent disregard shown by some artistes for the health epidemic that has plagued the world. In our chat, Lyrikal said, “In all reality people must keep in mind that as much as it is extremely important to practice the safety measures- wearing masks, social distancing and so on, people still have to live.”

The “Freedom” singer who recently released a song called “Magical” on the Fig Leaf riddim, said nobody wants to die from Covid19, but the pandemic has changed the world. “Imagine you had $50,000 before the pandemic hit. You’ve been out of work for about six months. Your rent or mortgage, light bill, water bill, gas bill, phone bill etc hasn’t decreased. As a matter of fact all the utilities increase because you’re at home and using them more. What is your financial position in that six months with that $50,000 now? We have to be real,” he urged.

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