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Could _____________ Take The Road March!? Saw It Coming?

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Patrice Roberts looked incredible at Army Fete 2018.

The weekend’s now winding down and two fetes between Friday night and Sunday morning may have very well proven just how much support the ground in particular, is giving to a man the world has come to know as THE BOSS. Iwer George may very well be the man to take the Road March title in 2018. His words, spoken at the very beginning of the carnival season, just prior to him unleashing ‘Savannah’, have easily cemented his ambitions in a way that no other artiste’s music has, thus far. They really say, there’s power in the spoken word.

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On Friday night, while cheerful fetters enjoyed the vibe at Army Fete- certainly still the biggest and most enjoyable carnival fete, bar none, in Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival, the Boss, Neil Iwer George, was backstage, preparing to unleash his venom. And that he did. Performances by a cast that included the likes of Shal Marshall, Blaxx, Ricardo Drue and the All Stars, The Ultimate Rejects, Bunji and Fay Ann and even Machel Montano, would do nothing to shake the crowd like Iwer George did at Army Fete. While Road March contender, Patrice Roberts’ effort to do damage to the savannah with her melodious, ‘Sweet For Days’ was heartfelt and ambitious, climbing atop Kevin Da Costa’s (Johnny Bravo’s) back and making her way to the front of the massive crowd, was simply not enough. Her effort was simply that- an effort, as while many looked on from the displays that showed her performance, not many had gotten enough of a vibe and energy to propel them to the front where her antics unfolded. Later, Iwer would show Roberts and every other artist at the venue, just how it’s done.

The Army Fete experience remains powerful. The vibe is electric and with a sense of gritty familiarity, this fete, deemed the last of the hardcore carnival fetes, is and will hopefully be, a staple for many years to come. Iwer George’s name will certainly be among the greats to have shattered the silence at Army. In 2018, George certainly brought everyone to their feet. From front to back, flags waved and the people powerfully proclaimed their 2018 king. “George Fuh de road,” they chanted and with the big flag crews- Two Face, Powder Posse, G6 Empire and all the others, waving vibrantly, there was no denying that Iwer was their choice for the road.

It didn’t stop at Army Fete though. 

 

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Nailah Blackman Unleashes Pure Sweetness With The Iron in Mind.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival is nothing without the sweet sound of the steel pan. Paying homage to the great men and women, and even youngsters who live their lives passionately beating the percussion instrument, the granddaughter of Ras Shorty I, Nailah Blackman, has unleashed a brand new track that’s both aesthetically pleasing and rhythmically hot, and we’re here for it!

On Monday, the hit maker, who only shot to fame about a year and a half ago, delivered her new release via LIVE social media  updates, showing fans of Soca that their music can reach them beyond the traditional radio airwaves. The new track, “Iron Love”,  features the Laventille Rhythm Section, and was produced by Anson Soverall.

Nailah’s been extremely consistent musically, over the past year. Her breakthrough onto the mainstream Soca circuit alongside Kees Dieffenthaller in 2017, certainly gave her the thrust she needed, and she hasn’t stopped since. Her collaborations with Jamaica’s Shenseea, Tarrus Riley and Ding Dong, have each placed her in categories that add to her musical profile, leveraging her as a Caribbean female artiste that isn’t afraid to grow beyond what she started off as.

Blackman’s vocals have also been featured on a single with Bosnian-born Swedish DJ and producer Salvatore Ganacci. That track’s called, “Kill A Sound Boy”.

Now, check out Iron Love. Be sure to let us know how you rate this one, in our comments section below the story.

 

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Good Vibes Aboard The First Ever Afro Soca Cruise. Erphaan, Slaughter, Turner, Problem Child All Impress.

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There’s something about Caribbean people’s strong desire to share the culture of these parts with the world. For Juliana Fermin and her team of just a few, the passion to showcase the beauty of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension, the Caribbean’s culture, is unparalleled. 

XCaliber International Dj and Soca artist, Doggy Slaughter was a part of the excitement. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank.

 

On the heels of their mid-year sail to Europe with the likes of Shurwayne Winchester, Turner, Preedy, Nailah Blackman and even Jamaica’s Charly Black, Fermin’s Soca on the Seas brand immediately shot into action, delivering an AfroSoca themed cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. This time, she sought out some of the Caribbean’s like minded culture promoters, acts like Barbados’ Edwin Yearwood, Eddie Charles of the A Team Band, Doggy Slaughter who would double up as Dj and artist, St. Lucia’s multi faceted, Ricky T, young artistes, Turner and Erphaan Alves, and even Chutney Soca Monarch Kings Neval Chatelal and Nishard B. That wasn’t all though. The team would not have been satisfied if they hadn’t gotten the latest hit maker to surface and shock the soca circuit- none other than Problem Child. 

Popular African dancer, Sherrie Silver on stage with Trinidad and Tobago artist, Turner. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank.

From October 8th – one day after Miami Carnival, to Friday October 12th, the Soca on the Seas family brought complete strangers together and it was aboard this amazing 4 night cruise that many who had never heard of Soca or Trinidad and Tobago, or even carnival, would get a first hand introduction to the vibe of what is now a globally expressed feeling of euphoria that can only be experienced. 

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