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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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‘Runaway 5’ Kick Starts Carnival. The Soca Stars Are Ready. Ding Dong Too!

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Carnival has officially been launched at sea. In true Trinbagonian style, a Friday morning breakfast Boatride hosted by 96.1WEFM radio personalities, Jaiga, R’odey, Nicki Crosby and Raw Fusion, saw the soca stars out in full force aboard the Harbour Master in West Trinidad.

As per usual, delayed sailing gave way for even more fun as fans of Soca showed no sign of disapproval, patiently waiting for the kick off of Runaway For Soca, a ride that marked its 5th year, in fine style. A good enough number aboard, and of course, the accompaniment of some of the best Soca artistes, the ride was equipped with all the right elements to make it intrinsically perfect.

Aboard, fans of soca couldn’t get enough! From vintage soca to hits of yester-year and today’s massive hits, DJs, which included the likes of Selector Pro, Chucky Ray Ban and Poison Sounds, kept the music flowing, showing carnival fetters that good vibes still exists. The event was billed as the introduction of the Soca stars to the season in T&T. Many in Trinidad to promote their new tracks, they seized the opportunity to be seen, heard and experienced at Runaway for Soca 5.

Sekon Sta, Nessa Preppy, Swappi, Patrice Roberts and even Trinidad Killa who was urged by organizers to sing his new Soca single, “Dyy Zess” rather than the controversial, “Gunman in She Hole,” performed for those aboard. Grenada’s Groovy Soca Monarch King, V’Ghn, International Soca Monarch King, Skinny Fabulous, Grenada’s Skinny Banton and Barbados’ Hypasounds were also aboard, delivering good vibes and sweet soca like only they could, but it would be popular DJ, Viking Ding Dong- the official DJ for Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons, who would steal much of the attention on Friday morning. His track, “Outside” was all the rave – the entertainer getting major approval from Soca lovers. Whether it was Dong’s easy going nature, his smile or the vibe of the song itself that made him steal the show, the fact that he made a huge impression is definitely something to note.


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Turner Remembers God, Tells Fans to Believe in Prayer’s Power.

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Not very long ago, Turner, a young, unique sounding artist from Morvant, Trinidad inhaled and released his heart. He initially gave Soca music lovers songs like, “She Bad” and “Holding On.” In 2019, Turner lost his young daughter. News of the child’s sudden passing pierced the hearts of many of his followers. For him, it would undoubtedly be a life altering experience.

Online social media posts over the past few months have shown Turner’s spiritual growth. He has prayed, expressed himself and thanked God for his blessings even amid the pain of loss. In one social media post today, the young entertainer explained that he was once homeless. Added to his revelation some time before that his father had died, having contracted HIV/AIDS, Turner’s reality certainly proved tough.

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In the aftermath of his daughter’s passing, and ahead of Carnival 2020, Turner released a very untraditional soca track. Much like Kanye West had done by releasing “Jesus Walks” in the rap and Hip Hop culture, Trevon Turner released, “Thank Him” in the often sexually charged, Soca culture. Whether the song would be played and listened to, would be up to the DJs and radio personalities.


Undoubtedly awakened by the most recent circumstances of his life, Turner seems to be using his God given talent to promote God’s works. “One thing I know for sure is that Jah really answers our prayers and he listens to your prayers. I assure you that he ain’t bothered about your race, religion, hair or the color of your skin or even if you are rich or poor,” he wrote in a social media post.

Here’s a look at what he had to say about his life and how God has answered his prayers.

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One thing I know for sure is that Jah really answers our prayers and he listens to your prayers,I assure you that he ain't bothered about your race,religion,hair or the color of your skin or even if you are rich or poor.I can let you know that our God is real and he doesn't offer us promises no he doesn't instead he give us all a choice to choose what we want for ourselves.You see my PEOPLE I was once homeless sleeping on a bench in the park & I remembered in full one night I sat up and I look to the father and I ask him while in rock bottom times in the wee hours of the morning and I cried out to him in full prayers to save me and to take me as I am and let me do what I love to do the most oh lord "sing songs" and he heared my "crying prayer" and he saw my heart and I he knew I meant good so he opened the doors that were closed to a homeless man who once cried out for mercy and H.E.L.P. the moral of the story is prayers is real ,God is real so don't be fooled or believe in a promise by a man in a jacket and tie Nooo don't do that instead of that offer they are making to you reject it immediately and give Jah praises cause he answers our prayers🙏🏽 in Realllllll.______________ #thankhim🙏🏽❤👍📀😊📺🔥🎬🎬🎬🎵 ______photo taken by @feelgoodmusic📷 I say thank you to all my #FANS #thepeople I Turner love and respect you …❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤👍 #soca2020 #global #international #worldwide #nigeria #nyc #canada #guyana #australia #sweden #barbados #london #bahamas #quadulupe #grenada #jamaica #usa #england #spain

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