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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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Machel Montano, Iwer In Epic Clash of the Titans.

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The masses are getting all anxious and social media is on fire. It’s been a while since anything like this has gone down. Machel Montano and the Boss, Neil Iwer George are battling for hierarchy. The two have been going at it, pulling all the stops and revealing things we’re not too sure, should be so publicly exposed. Montano’s round two punch has everyone in utter shock and while some may see this as simple ‘piccong’, there is room for disaster.

Iwer George initially sang this track. It has since been followed by the battle tracks.

Machel Montano and Iwer George have, for many years, been viewed publicly as “estranged.” They’ve been seen in photos but the extent of their social camaraderie, has been questioned. Speaking on the Soca Stop on Boomchampionstt.com today, Iwer said there are no rules in war and there is no explanation to be given on the matter. Asked whether the musical battle is real, the ‘Water Blessings’ singer said what’s seen on social media should not always be believed. He called on the radio personality to refrain from calling names on air, asking if he had court clothes. “You know how long I trying to defeat this monster. How I will beg you to do a song with you and I trying to defeat you. He lying… he not telling the truth,” said Iwer when asked whether he had approached Machel Montano to do a song with him. He promised he would release a verse on the matter in the week ahead.

Iwer George says Skinny Fabulous is a traitor.

Explaining that he has been in the business of Soca for 31 years, the Boss said he knows the writer behind Machel’s latest musical punch. “I want to send a message to Skinny Fabulous. I want to send him back to St. Vincent on a one way ticket. Skinny is selling guns to the enemy,” said Iwer, almost jokingly. He explained that Skinny’s writing style is known and as such, he immediately knew it was Skinny who had aligned himself with Machel. “They are my bredrens, because he have a tune with Machel, he turn State witness against me. What he write for Machel is what he know about me, so he turn against me,” said George.

Machel Montano

Both artistes are said to have performed at an event last night and will perform at the Oval tonight where they are expected to go head to head on stage.

Machel Montano, meanwhile seems to be enjoying the excitement, posting every minute of the thrills to his social media accounts.

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Famalay Hits Apple iTunes With Major Accomplishment. Skinny Reveals Decision For Collab Came After Demo.

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Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin are on to something! Their collaborative hit single, “Famalay” which was released just about two weeks ago, has struck the iTunes chart in a major way, becoming the #1 selling song from the Caribbean, globally on the iTunes Reggae Top 100 chart. The song was said to be holding on to the #5 spot on Thursday. Skinny Fabulous revealed the news via social media, saying, “I know this also will provoke the discussion about SOCA not having it’s own established genre but until that day comes when we win the good fight for Soca recognition, let’s celebrate this #1 on the Reggae Chart or any other chart worldwide for that matter.”  

Skinny, who hails from St. Vincent says he intended the song to be a single that would be a true representation of various aspects of the Caribbean and its music genres. He said the song was sent to him by International DJ Stephen who received it from Dominican producer Dada Lawerence. In penning words to the track, Skinny said no one in particular had been on his mind, however when it came down to doing the demo, the thought of a collab emerged. Machel and Bunji Garlin’s hooks were created and the rest is history.

The song’s lyrics encourage togetherness and friendship- something that’s prevalent at Carnival time across the Caribbean. “When you go to a fete with a crew, everyone has everyone’s back; whether with drinks, food, bathroom breaks and you begin to form a bond like family,” he said.

Skinny Fabulous has been a part of the Caribbean’s soca and carnival landscape for quite some time. He has written for many artistes and is a staple on the Soca scene. Ahead of C2K19, he has released three other singles – “Happy”, “Pick Your Position” which features Motto and “Bipolar”. Thus far, “Famalay” stands firmly atop the list of “must plays” this season.


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