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Dancehall Heavyweight, Popcaan Speaks Out. Challenges Cohorts to Make More International Music.

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The international music industry is, for most Caribbean artistes, the pinnacle of it all. They yearn for Grammy Award status and the international recognition that comes with it, however only few have attained such glory. Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Shaggy are among the Caribbean’s fruit who’ve achieved worldwide recognition for their contributions in music, however, for countless others, the dream is firmly implanted.

On Wednesday, Jamaican dancehall superstar, Popcaan started the conversation on how this dream could possibly be attained by more young, dancehall and reggae artistes. He had performed with Drake at London’s O2 Arena and basked in the thrill felt as over 20,000 foreigners moved to his music. “I see our music going so far in my vision and I’m honestly going to make that vision a reality with the few artistes that are actually trying to fight for our music the right way and working towards making more international music,” he said in a social media post after the performance.

The ‘Party Shot’ singer whose real name is Andrae Hugh Sutherland, said, “we have so much talented artistes on our island but our problem is sometimes we have more ego than hits and it will never work.” He lamented that as much as ‘gun tunes’ are a part of the dancehall culture, such lyrics could never really make it to the Billboard charts. 

Popcaan further encouraged all young, new artistes to stand firm on the journey admitting that it isn’t easy. As he ended his caption, he said, “and to the crab inna barrel artist, radio ppl and selectors, get out that fu*king barrel like a bullet… god bless my island and my industry.” 

The 30 year old who hails from St. Thomas, joined incarcerated dancehall star, Vybz Kartel’s Gaza Empire In 2008. Since that time he has amassed a strong following and performed around the world, even collaborating with Rap and Hip Hop superstar, Drake on a single called “My Chargie” in 2017. His Instagram following to date, stands at 1.4 million.

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Buzz Heightens Ahead of IslandBeats Super Concert. CARIFESTA Heats Up.

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Trinidad and Tobago is all the rave these days, this as the CARIFESTA XIV is being staged across the twin island Republic. People from around the Caribbean and even internationally are in T&T, experiencing the cultural experience, which kicked off on August 16th and ends on August 25th.

A number of free public events are being staged, including Caribbean film screenings and cultural symposiums. The most anticipated event however is the Island Beats Super Concert, which takes place on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah. The mega concert will be headlined by Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and the King of Soca himself, Machel Montano. The iconic Calypso Rose, Guadeloupe’s Kassav and three time International Soca Monarch King, Voice are also in the lineup.

The Island Beats Concert is the only paid event on the Carifesta itinerary but with a cast that’s jam packed with unmatchable talent, many are anticipating this showcase of true Caribbean sweetness. Tickets for the IslandBeats super concert start at $300 with Platinum VIP deck tickets being sold for $1000 at NLCB outlets across the country.

Shaggy has not performed in Trinidad and Tobago in a number of years. His performance is highly anticipated and culture lovers are eagerly awaiting performances by Kassav and Calypso Rose and the other amazing Caribbean cultural ambassadors on the cast. Get your tickets now.

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Rude Boy Orlando Takes On The Bad Boys. Attacks Senseless Rivalry.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s having a hard time arresting an out of control crime situation. Two rival gangs are at the core of many murders on the twin island, a situation that has led to lessened economic investment and consistent travel warnings to international destination seekers. One young, talented artist is speaking up and unlike others, he’s pointing out the perpetrators without fear of persecution.

Orlando Octave hails from Rio Claro, South Trinidad. He’s proven to be a faithful believer in the biblical scripture, having given fans insight into his spiritual journey, over time. The young entertainer has been to Israel, tracing the bible’s teachings and often sharing his experiences with his fans. His latest music release is a far cry from songs like, ‘Single,’ ‘ Berlin’ and ‘ Church Gyal’ – Soca tracks he’s delivered in the past.

Octave’s highlight of the Rasta City and Muslim gangs’ ongoing anarchy and it’s senseless negative effects on Trinidad and Tobago’s population, has placed him in a category that includes celebrated entertainers who’ve used their platform to highlight societal issues- artistes like David Rudder, The Mighty Shadow and Singing Sandra.

Octave started his music career in the Calypso arena. The storytelling genre, for many years proved effective for artistes who mounted stages across Trinidad and Tobago to decry the actions or inaction of empowered governments. Octave’s reggae infused track, ‘UniTTy’ is pretty much aimed at doing the same, delving deep into the core of a societal problem that is quickly destroying a land once prided as paradise on earth.

In recent time Orlando Octave has been a part of a positive clique of artistes, among them Sizzla Kalonji, Marlon Asher and IzaacKing, who’ve been preaching positivity as much as they can, via the music they deliver to the masses.

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