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Erphaan Alves Pushing Hard, Support Or Not.

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On Tuesday, one of Soca music’s millennials, Erphaan Alves delivered again. He’s been known for that of late. Like the rest of the “Generation “Now” squad that includes the likes of Nailah Blackman, Patrice Roberts, Preedy, Nessa Preppy, Sekon Sta and a few others, Erphaan’s waiting on no one’s approval to deliver on his mission.

On Tuesday, the “Overdue” singer unleashed a new Soca track. He said it was all part and parcel of his “No Seasons” project, which is aimed at delivering Soca music year round, in a bid to eliminate the debilitating “seasonal” box that the genre is often placed in. “The aim is to remove the ‘Soca is Carnival music’ stigma while fostering a new culture of consciousness like genres that thrive year round,” he said.

Alves has been in very good company for many years, his father being his manager, often providing him with the strength and motivation he needs to push forward. This weekend, the young artiste, who has managed to consistently deliver the sound people want to hear, has jetted off to Atlanta, Georgia. The carnival action never stops. It’s not seasonal really, because there’s always a carnival somewhere in the world. Erphaan Alves, like many other Caribbean culture enthusiasts sees the benefits of promoting the music that has, for as long as the story has been told, been aligned to a carnival state of mind. Now he’s on to something and we think it just might work! Check out Erphaan’s latest Soca contribution, released in May- Yes MAY! It’s called “Lock On.”

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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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