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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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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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Problem Child is Winning and The Soca World is Watching. Artist Expresses Curiosity!

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He’s one of the Caribbean’s most humble talents but ahead of the Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent born songwriter and artist, Problem Child is prepared to show the world just what he’s got, recently explaining to EBUZZTT exclusively that he’s got a very smart strategy that he cannot reveal just yet, but one that will certainly be recognised as time rolls on. Today, the singer celebrates his birthday.

Problem Child was one of the Soca artistes aboard the Soca on the Seas cruise in October.

We met up with Problem aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas in October. He was a part of the contingent hired by the Soca On The Seas team to deliver Soca music on their first ever Afro Soca cruise to the Bahamas. He did not fail to execute. In fact, Problem Child was among the artistes who represented with a level of pride that proved to us that Soca is definitely in good hands. The artist has released two major anthems heading into Carnival 2019 with plans to possibly unleash a few more. He recorded with production powerhouse, Precision Productions recently, a project that also saw him pen lyrics for a song delivered by Patrice Roberts who he refers to as his sister.

In our chat, Problem revealed that it was Patrice, who gave him the opportunity he needed. Together, they unleashed a song called, “A Little Wine” and since that time, he has written a lot more anthems for Roberts and other artistes, including Shal Marshall.

In 2018, Problem Child’s name began calling in Trinidad and Tobago. It wasn’t the first time but there certainly was some level of attention being paid to the artist. He had written all three tracks, including his own on the 2AM Project. He said he’d made the conscious decision to release the single done by Patrice and Kees first, telling EBUZZTT that he studies people’s behaviour and knew it would create a stir. Next up, he worked with Shal on ‘Splinters’ a song that essentially caused mayhem on the soca scene. “Shal is a natural born competitor, so there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to execute that song,” said Problem. His song came later. ‘Middle of Something’ was released in the aftermath of the success of both Kees and Patrice’s ‘Like it Like That’ and Shal’s ‘Splinters’ and according to Problem, what he piggybacked on was the fact that he knew his name would be credited for the songwriting of the other two singles. He said he knew people would then become curious to hear the third track and so it proved effective. All three songs on the 2AM project were on consistent rotation throughout T&T’s carnival 2018 season and even thereafter.

Problem Child is a prolific Soca songwriter. He wrote Shal Marshal’s hit single ‘Splinters’.

A seafood lover, the very health conscious artist told EBUZZTT that he’s curious to see what will happen in 2019. “I’m not anticipating anything really. I’m just very curious.” He knows his two tracks, “Good Up, Good Up” and “Love De Road” are doing well, and he has since released another- a song called “Whole Heart”  on the 10X Over riddim. He also has other projects in the pipeline, some involving music that he is personally involved in and others that he is not. Amid that, Problem is set to deliver his first album- a volume of work he’ll call, “Problem is A Problem.”

Proud to be a part of the Soca music fraternity, the entertainer told EBUZZTT that he feels the genre is doing very well.

“I think it’s growth has a lot to do with social media where we are not depending on certain people to take it to where it needs to go. If you have talent and your work is properly put together and showcased via social media, now you stand a better chance. “

 

On the topic of soca music’s rotation at Carnival particularly, the ‘Party Animal’ singer said he feels it for programme directors, lamenting that the seasonality of the genre has its downside. He said each year he releases approximately nine tracks for St. Vincent’s carnival and he has just as much for Trinidad and Tobago carnival. He, however, says he understands that many of those songs simply cannot receive the rotation he’d like, no matter how good they may be. He plans on releasing at least two more songs for Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 season and says he is curious to see what will take place then.

Problem Child is a huge fan of his country’s authentic Carnival vibe.

St. Vincent his homeland, the social media stunner who keeps his female fans intrigued with some of the most exotic looking photos, told us St. Vincent’s carnival is as authentic a carnival, as there could be. “It’s a lot less commercial than T&T’s carnival and there is a lot of vibes in Vincy carnival. It almost looks like a riot,” he said laughing. “Nobody ever gets hurt though,” he said almost immediately. The artist explained that much of the energy and enthusiasm experienced in St. Vincent at carnival time is probably owed to the humility of the people, explaining that the partygoers are not able to dress and ball out with bottles like the people in Trinidad and Tobago do, so what they do is party hard. He says Grenada’s carnival closely mirrors St. Vincent’s, telling us, “There are some semi stush events, but if the right people get into the event, it can escalate quickly.”

Here are 3 things you may not have known about Problem Child:

  1. He’s left-handed.
  2. He doesn’t live in St. Vincent. He lives in New York and he’s lived there since before he sang “Party Animal.”
  3. He hasn’t missed St. Vincent’s Carnival since 2005.

Problem visits Trinidad and Tobago in November when he will do his promotional run ahead of Carnival 2019. Join us in wishing him good health, strength and happiness as he celebrates another year of life, today.

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