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Even After Death, Devon Matthews’ Memory Lives. Love Flows in Celebration of Fallen Soca Artiste’s Birthday.

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Devon Matthews and Ella Andall during their Soca Monarch performance in 2017.

His larger than life personality may be solely responsible for the unexplainable sorrow that remains for many around the world, when thoughts of Devon Matthews float around. In that moment of sorrow though, those who truly know him, would know he wouldn’t have had it. His slogan, ‘No Kill Joy’ remains an ever-constant reminder that he was vibes personified and there was no room for sadness or negativity around him. Today, Trinidad and Tobago and those who knew Devon around the world, celebrated his birthday. He would have been 37- years-old.

On the radio station he’d called home for many years, RED 96.7FM, his voice was heard, introducing a segment from 12 noon, that marked the start of a tribute in his honor. The radio hosts at the frequency had given the public notice that all attention and respect would be paid to the young man who had brought so many people, so much hope, upliftment and joy. Personality, JJ, a close friend of Matthews, delivered Matthews’ popular radio segment, “Classic Gold”- a retro music experience which included music from Lord Nelson, the Black Stalin and of course, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson- Devon’s favourite entertainer of all time. It was during the delivery of that on air program today that Matthews’ mother, fondly referred to as Aunty Gloria, was telephoned. She expressed pride in her child, appreciation to the personalities and management at RED 96.7FM and even admitted that she still struggles with the loss of her only child.

 

Devon with his mother Gloria.

Devon died on Sunday, July 16th at hospital. He had complained of feeling unwell moments prior to mounting the stage at Tribe’s 2018 band launch event. He subsequently slumped to the ground while seated near the DJ, and was rushed to hospital, where he died. He had suffered a heart attack. Devon’s memory lives on. His popular hit, ‘De Journey’ sung with Ella Andell sends ripples when heard and his larger than life personality is often remembered on air. Today, as tribute was paid by many who had the opportunity to be apart of his life, there was no question that Devon Matthews flies high among his friends, family and all of Trinidad and Tobago- a country he loved so much.

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Bunji, Fay Ann Stay Winning. Mas Maker, Promo Outfit…Who’s Counting The Coins?

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Fay Ann’s business exploits now include mas making. She recently revealed a collaboration with Canadian mas bands SEMBA and Atlantic Mas.

While the rest of us are out here looking for the next party to attend, Fay Ann Lyons and her hubby of 12 years, Bunji Garlin stay winning, raking in the cash and hustling to the bank, no doubt. The duo is set to deliver another epic J’ouvert themed experience on June 3rd in St. Jospeh, Trinidad, and by all accounts relayed to Ebuzztt by Garlin himself, this one’s gonna be off the chain.

In 2017, Bunji and Fay Ann delivered ‘Santimanitay’ for the very first time at Ortinola Estate- a lush, ambient venue, deep in the St. Jospeh valley. It was the perfect venue for a J’ouvert style fete that featured the likes of fire breathing blue devils, painted bodies and not to mention, performances from Slaughter, Blaxx, Fay Ann, Super Blue and of course, Bunji himself. The event was indeed an epic and memorable one, leaving many excited for what was in the pipeline for the year ahead. During carnival 2018, the Alvarez’s once again delivered ‘Santimanitay’ on J’ouvert morning, taking patrons away from the traditional street venues in Port-of-Spain and into the cosy, meadow-like atmosphere they’d introduced us to, a few months prior.

“We’ll have a nice line up of artistes this time again, including myself, Fay Ann, Preedy Ms. Alysha, Revelation and a new artiste called, Jubee, along with a lot of other surprises,” Garlin told EBUZZTT. He said tickets have been going pretty well with just a limited amount still available from committee members. The event starts at 3am on June 3rd and will end at around 9am. “It’s a breakfast inclusive, cooler J’ouvert fete, but we want to let patrons know that coolers must not have any glass bottles inside and they must be in before 5am,” said Garlin.

To purchase tickets, interested patrons can call : 687-6996/ 733-2130/ 719-2284.

We suspect ‘Santimanitay 2018’ will be epically enjoyable. Question is, where will you be?

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Soca Producer to Machel, Bunji, Nadia Re-Enters Performance Arena.

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There’s nothing in the entertainment rulebook that says a music producer cannot be an artist. You’ve heard the name Juelio Nelson, haven’t you? The young, Moruga Trinidad native is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s fastest rising music producers, having worked with Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Superblue for whom he produced the hit single, Fantatsic Friday,’ as well as other top shelf artistes like, Nadia Batson, Blaxx, JW & Blaze, Olatunji and most recently, Buffy. He’s no joke. Juelio is however much more than meets the eye.

Sharp vocal ability to say the least, accompanied by the love and encouragement of many of the artistes that he’s worked with, Juelio is hitting the ground hard, unleashing a new single that sits properly beside that of Buffy on a riddim he created called the Republic Riddim. “Before I got into music production, I was a vocalist,” he explained, noting that as a young man growing up in Trinidad and Tobago’s entertainment arena, he had competed in a number of competitions, among them 12 and Under and even the Junior Soca Monarch. He admits to having been sidetracked a bit when he got into music production though, taking on that career path wholeheartedly. “A lot of artistes kept telling me it was time to get back into singing. Nadia Batson was a huge inspiration for my return,” he said, explaining that Buffy too, pushed him to deliver a track on the new riddim.

The new single is called “Stuck on You” and was written by Juelio, making it clear that he’s pretty much an all rounder in the business of entertainment. “I think it’s really important for me to come out of my comfort zone- get back into the music and deliver music that will speak for itself,” said Juelio. With plans to release another single in the coming weeks, the music producer who is now working arduously on being an
artiste the world will enjoy, is pushing full speed ahead, fearless, optimistic about the future. “ I know I have what it takes. I just need to show the world,” he said.

Supporters of the art form are encouraged to check out the efforts of this amazing Caribbean talent on Instagram @ juelio_artiste_producer.

 

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