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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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Miami Carnival 2019 OFFICIAL Results. ‘Famalay Wins Road March.

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Skinny Fabulous’ masterpiece of a Soca tune, collaboratively sung with Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin, has won the Miami Carnival Road March. Results for all major competitions were revealed on the weekend.

Take a look below:


MIAMI CARNIVAL 2019 – COMPETITION RESULTS

FEMALE INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR, 2019

  1. Rennie Wilkinson portraying ‘Sun on Ice” from Natural Disasters Mas.
  2. . Soowan Bramble, portraying “Moulin Rouge” from Euphoria Mas.
  3. Jessy Schuster portraying “Aviant, for Revels Labyrinth” from Revel Nation Carnival.

MALE INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR, 2019

1. Andalcio “Andy” Lewis portraying “The Ice Man Cometh” from Natural Disasters Mas.

QUEEN OF CARNIVAL, 2019

  1. Thesha “Trini” Lashley portraying “Freedom – World Peace” from Party Room Squad.
  2.  Joanna De La Rosa portraying “Phantom Flora” from Revel Nation Carnival.
  3.  Nicole Moreta portraying “La Marye” from Ti Chapo.

KING OF CARNIVAL, 2019

  1. Percy Maynard portraying “Juda.Ra: The Last Pharoah” from Ramajay Mas International
  2.  Kenneth Antoine portraying “The Ice Pheonix” from Natural Disasters Mas
  3. Joseph Apoleon portraying “Le Marye” from Ti Chapo.

BAND OF THE YEAR, 2019

  1. Freaks Mas portraying “The Oddessy”
  2.  Ramajay International portraying “Reign: The Rise of an Empire”
  3. Big & Strong/One Island portraying “Shen Yun (Inspired) Dynasties”
  4. Generation X portraying “The Beauty in Chaos”
  5.  Revel Nation Carnival portraying “Revels Labyrinth”
  6. Euphoria Productions portraying “Stages”
  7. Bajan Fuh Evah portraying “The Hunt – to be or not to be”
  8. Party Room Squad portraying “Alta Moda”
  9. Major Players Inc. portraying “Vogue”
  10. Natural Disasters Mas portraying “Festivals of the World”
  11. D Junction Mas portraying “Playhouse where Fantasies come alive.”
  12. K-Paya/Red Antz Miami Portraying “Expressions”

ROAD MARCH 2019 (Calypso most played)

  1.  Famalay (Machel Montano/Bunji Garlin/Skinny Fabulous.
  2. Nasty Up (Problem Child)
  3. Savannah Grass (Kes The Band)

PANORAMA RESULTS (October 11, 2019)1. New Generation Branches, playing “Savannah Grass”2. Sticks ‘N Tones, playing “Hookin Meh”3. Miami Vibez, playing “Hookin Meh”4. Steel Away, playing “Iron Love”

JUNIOR CARNIVAL (October 5, 2019)

TODDLER FEMALE

Angeline Lawrence portraying “Curious Alice” from La Familia

TODDLER MALE

Atom Cumberbatch portraying “De Man with De Hammer” from La Familia

JUNIOR FEMALE INDIVIDUAL

  1.  Amiley Irish portraying “Tropical Fruit Princess” from Fun Generation Too
  2.  Annaliza Joseph portraying “It’s Market Day” from Fun Generation Too
  3. Keliya Buddington portraying Fireworks in de Festival” from Natural Disaster

JUNIOR QUEEN OF CARNIVAL

  1. Shani Butler portraying “Flpora and Fauna” from Fun Generation Too
  2. Amayia Armstrong portraying “Goddess of the Garden” from D Junction Mas Jr.
  3. Kyalah Buddington portraying “Celebration Time” from Natural Disaster

JUNIOR KING OF CARNIVAL

  1. Brendon Simmons portraying “Fireman in De Festival” from Natural Disaster.
  2. D’yonn Pauly portraying J”Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi” from Major Players.
  3. Alexander Moore portraying “Tropical Fish in the Ocean” from Community Vibes.

JUNIOR BAND OF THE YEAR

  1. Fun Generation Too portraying “Fruits and Flowers”
  2. Natural Disaster portraying “In De Festival”
  3. Party Room Squad portraying “Fantasy Garden”
  4. Royalty Kids portraying “Climate Control”
  5. La Familia portraying “Alice in Socaland”
  6. Major Players portraying “Dynasty-Ancient China”
  7. D Junction Mas Jr. portraying “In My Garden”
  8. Wassi Babes portraying “This is the Place”
  9. Break Awae Kru portraying “Just Clowning Around”
  10. Euphoria Minis portraying “Off Broadway”
  11. Community Vibes portraying “Out of the Tropics”

China Mas Kids and Moko Jumbies participated, but did not compete.

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Kanye West Gives Jamaica A 2 Hour Long Sunday Service; Brings Jesus Front and Centre.

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The superstar that he is, has been humbled, replaced by a man of strong faith and blossoming spiritual understanding. Chicago born US rapper and often controversially charged, Kanye West performed with a 120 man choir at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night.

West who’s been on a spiritual journey since April, performed for two hours at the arena, ending his set with his popular rap anthem, ‘Jesus Walks.’ Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian was not on the island.

Ebuzztt understands that included in Kanye’s repertoire were songs like, Damian Marley’s, ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ and the gospel hit, ‘Prince of Peace.’ The entertainer took the opportunity, during his set, to thank the people of Jamaica, saying, “I just want to thank Jamaica for the open door they gave us. I want to thank the Government, the police and the people of Kingston.”

West’s services have, thus far, been held in Los Angeles, Wyoming, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. It is reported that he plans on taking the Sunday Service show to Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Here’s a snippet of the event, held on Friday night.

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