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Famalay Hits Apple iTunes With Major Accomplishment. Skinny Reveals Decision For Collab Came After Demo.

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Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin are on to something! Their collaborative hit single, “Famalay” which was released just about two weeks ago, has struck the iTunes chart in a major way, becoming the #1 selling song from the Caribbean, globally on the iTunes Reggae Top 100 chart. The song was said to be holding on to the #5 spot on Thursday. Skinny Fabulous revealed the news via social media, saying, “I know this also will provoke the discussion about SOCA not having it’s own established genre but until that day comes when we win the good fight for Soca recognition, let’s celebrate this #1 on the Reggae Chart or any other chart worldwide for that matter.”  

Skinny, who hails from St. Vincent says he intended the song to be a single that would be a true representation of various aspects of the Caribbean and its music genres. He said the song was sent to him by International DJ Stephen who received it from Dominican producer Dada Lawerence. In penning words to the track, Skinny said no one in particular had been on his mind, however when it came down to doing the demo, the thought of a collab emerged. Machel and Bunji Garlin’s hooks were created and the rest is history.

The song’s lyrics encourage togetherness and friendship- something that’s prevalent at Carnival time across the Caribbean. “When you go to a fete with a crew, everyone has everyone’s back; whether with drinks, food, bathroom breaks and you begin to form a bond like family,” he said.

Skinny Fabulous has been a part of the Caribbean’s soca and carnival landscape for quite some time. He has written for many artistes and is a staple on the Soca scene. Ahead of C2K19, he has released three other singles – “Happy”, “Pick Your Position” which features Motto and “Bipolar”. Thus far, “Famalay” stands firmly atop the list of “must plays” this season.


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Youngins Reach For Vintage Heavyweights As Carnival 2020 Looms.

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There’s nothing like a good oldie to bring some spice to the arena. It’s been done before, nothing really new here, but it’s certainly worth the highlight when big names like Lord Nelson and Calypso Rose, drop those jewels, springing ’em on the beauties of today, Nailah Blackman and Patrice Roberts.

Last month, Nailah, the artiste who’s been keeping tongues talking for some time, teamed up with the globally respected Calypso Queen, Calypso Rose to unleash ‘Baila Baila’. The single is featured on Calypso Rose’s album ‘Calypso Rose and Friends.’ “I’m so happy to be a part of the Calypso Rose and Friends EP. Mama Rose is such an inspiration to me and it’s been a dream project to have her remix my first ever solo project, ‘Baila Mami,” Blackman said in the aftermath of the tune’s release in October.

Patrice shows off her vintage appeal.

Mere weeks later, another powerful female soca artiste has turned to an icon in the Calypso arena. Lord Nelson, the man who gave the world hits like, ‘Disco Daddy’ and ‘We Like It’ among countless others, is today being publicised like he hasn’t in some time, this as Patrice Roberts released their collaborative track, ‘Wha Ya Know’, after heightened pre-promotion on the weekend.

The new single offers a vintage reminder of what the Carnival experience of years gone by, offered patrons. The song highlights the difference in the feting culture of the past as compared to the ‘posing’ culture adopted to a great degree in T&T, today.

Check out the new single and let us know what you think!

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Jamaica’s Koffee Nominated for A Grammy Award. Youth Could Steal the Show!

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Nineteen-year-old Jamaican reggae artist, Koffee has been nominated by the Grammy nomination committee for her first Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category. It’s the first nomination for the Spanish Town native who is the youngest solo reggae act to have gotten a nomination in the category.

Koffee is going head to head with Julian Marley with “As I Am,” Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics with “The Final Battle” and Third World with “More Work To Be Done” which was produced by Damian Marley.

This is Koffee’s first nomination for a Grammy Award. The EP was also her debut.

The young entertainer released her debut EP, ‘Rapture’ in March this year. She appeared at major concerts which featured Buju Banton and other prominent acts, in the aftermath of the EP’s release, promoting her music and offering fans, especially in the Caribbean, a better opportunity to feel her vibe. In Trinidad in April, when Buju headlined the I Am Legend concert, Koffee was added to the cast much to the anticipation of her younger fan base. Her momentum never slowed and she never disappointed. Fast forward to November and the young, positive influencer is showing signs of musical greatness for many years to come.

Other Jamaican entertainers who have enjoyed Grammy Award success are Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Damian Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear, among others.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled for January 26, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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