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Barbados Food And Rum Festival Launches. Wondering If Rihanna’ll Be There?

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Rihanna’s like a walking billboard for Barbados, so it’s obvious that many expect the international R&B superstar to be a part of major happenings on the island of Barbados. She’s been to the last few CropOver festivals and will likely be there this year so you just never know; she just may pop in at the Barbados Food and Rum festival in October, but we’ll certainly have to wait and see.

On Friday, steel-pan country, Trinidad and Tobago played host to the Barbados Tourism Inc, as they launched the upcoming Barbados Food and Rum festival, which takes place from October 18th-21st. It’ll be the 9th edition of the festival, something that Barbados has certainly prided itself on delivering to the world. The festival kicks off on Thursday, October 18th with  the Oistins Bay Gardens Cook-Off, followed by The Signature Rum Event with food and rum pairings on Friday, the Saturday afternoon Polo Rum Spirits, and canapés, the fine dining events on Saturday night, which pair international chefs with local top chefs and on Sunday the festival climaxes with a Beach Party at the Hilton Resort, along with a final fine dining dinner at a signature local restaurant. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it!?

Amazing desserts added to the event’s taste appeal on Friday night.

A taste of the flavours of Barbados was offered to those who attended Friday’s launch in Trinidad.

On Friday night in Trinidad at Estate 101 in Maraval, the Barbados Tourism Inc invited the media to taste and experience a little of their upcoming festival. They incorporated music to the flavorful evening out, delivering popular Caribbean genres such as reggae and soca, to entice those who’d attended. There was even a grand prize giveaway for a weekend getaway for two to Barbados, along with other wonderful gestures of thanks to the media for their coverage of the event. Barbados has continued to show the world that it is serious about tourism. Marketing efforts are certainly second to none. The 9th edition of the Food and Rum festival will unlikely be yet another splendid event hosted by this beautiful island that boasts an annual visitor arrival of some 1 million and is revered as the 9th island with the most visitor arrivals, in the region.

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Poppy Can Play. Who Would’ve Guessed?

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The entertainment arena’s full of surprises, isn’t it? The internet’s the perfect place to reveal it all it seems, even when it means telling the world that as gangster as your appearance may be, you’ve got a little Beethoven in you. Such is the case with Jamaican dancehall artist, Popcaan.

The dancehall hit maker grew up with his grandparents and admits that his grandmother does not listen to some of his songs.

On the weekend, the “Happy Now” singer gave a bit of a brief performance on the piano, posting it to Instagram and showing fans that there’s a lot more to him, than many realize. In 2017, the artist told redbullmusicacademy.com that music feeds him life. “Music feeds me happiness and it help me express myself sometimes where me don’t want to say to somebody. Me just say it in a different language, where I sing it off. Music is the best thing. It feeds me everything. It feeds me life,” he had said.

Popcaan grew up with his grandparents in St. Thomas, Jamaica. His grandmother, a pastor, would ensure that he went to church, he explained in the article. He also revealed that as a youth he would listen to the music of Kirk Franklin- a gospel singer. Popcaan, a young, globally recognized name on the dancehall circuit, with songs like “Unviolable”, “Lef My Gun” and “Gangster City” says, Kirk Franklin’s “Gonna Be A Lovely Day” was a song that gave him light amid the darkness that he faced.

He’d say, “It’s gonna be a lovely day, lovely day, lovely day.” Me likes the happiness. My life was rough growing up too, so that song always give me something to hold on to, that it’s going to be a lovely day then, a lovely day still, even though it was rough at that time. It really turned out to be a lovely day after all.

 

In the Caribbean, governments are battling with gun violence and the proliferation of negative images. The question still remains- do artistes, entertainers, movie creators, radio personalities and even the actions of politicians, feed the negative energy, more than inspire change? Share your comments with us below.

Now, take a look at Popcaan’s piano playing skills. He’s not bad!

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Buju Banton’s Release Is Merely One Month and A Week Away.

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Mark Myrie, the phenomenal reggae artiste, best known world over as Buju Banton, will walk away from a US penitentiary a free man in 39 days. The countdown to his release has certainly begun with fans and friends, event promoters and fellow artistes all excitedly preparing for the “Hills and Valleys” singer’s return to the Caribbean and eventually, to the entertainment spotlight.

Buju Banton is set for release on December 8th, 2018. 

Buju has been incarcerated for almost 9 years. His last performance in Trinidad and Tobago was in 2009, the very same year he was detained by US authorities. His journey has certainly been an incredible one, with fans across the world constantly calling for his freedom, insisting that the man who had given them so many inspirational songs of hope and goodness, had been entrapped. Despite it all, Myrie has remained strong, positive in the face of adversity, and undoubtedly focused on his return to his family and loved ones.

Event organizer of the “I Am Legend” concert event set to take place in April 2019, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Glenroy Watson, in a chat with EBUZZTT recently, made it abundantly clear that at this time, he is focused primarily on Buju’s release. “Nothing else matters at this point. Personally, this has been a long journey for me and for those who truly call Mark their friend and family,” he said, highlighting that the artiste’s overall wellbeing and mental strength is of utmost importance to him.

Watson, following the arrest and incarceration of Buju, had made it abundantly clear that there would be no ‘I Am Legend’ concert without Buju. For years, he patiently waited, visiting the artist while behind bars and standing firm with his family. Now, merely a month away from Buju’s release, Watson is excited and happy for the imminent return of the reggae hitmaker he calls his brother.

The Buju Banton brand remains a solid one around the world. Many anticipate his return to the stage, however Watson says he is patient. “We have to give him time. This is no ordinary situation. While we have secured an April 2019 date for our show in Trinidad, we are mindful of the artiste’s need to heal, spend time at home with his loved ones and reignite that fire that made him the great artiste that he surely is.”

Details of Buju Banton’s concert appearance in Trinidad and Tobago will soon be made available online at www.iamlegendconcert.com. For now, with the countdown to his release the focus, the website offers a ticking clock, recording just that.

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