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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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Youths Spiraling Out of Control in Trinidad and Tobago. RKG Stands Up.

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As the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago continues to leave many on the twin island with a bitter taste in their mouths, another local artiste has stood up in protest, using his platform to draw attention to the problem. RKG’s new single, ‘Flatline’ comes on the heels of a recently released track by Gospel singer, Jaron Nurse, that deals with the same issue of crime.

Drug abuse and gang warfare are plaguing the country. RKG says he had been in studio, prepared to lay the vocals for another ladies anthem when something struck him. “I suddenly felt like I needed to contribute something positive,” he said in a chat with EBUZZTT. The song speaks about a young man who got caught up with guns and was murdered. The second verse speaks about a young woman who got caught up with a gangster. She also died. The track’s message deals with the inevitable consequences that face people who choose negative lifestyles.

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Beenie Man to Hit South Trinidad Stage Tonight.

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Beenie Man is a dancehall legend in these parts. The King of the Dancehall is in Trinidad for what’s expected to be quite a show when he hits the stage at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad later this evening.

Beenie, who recently fathered a baby girl with partner, Krystal Tomlinson, last performed in Trinidad and Tobago at Fully Loaded in May 2017. Months prior, he performed at Machel Monday to an eager crowd of Soca and dancehall music lovers. Beenie Man remains a dancehall heavyweight with timeless dancehall tracks like, “Sim Simma,” “Who Am I”, “Murderer”, “King of the Dancehall” and countless others.

Beenie Man with his new daughter.

For months, the Freedom concert has been advertised in T&T, many eager to be a part of the excitement. The cast of veteran hit makers like Super Cat, Sanchez, Cutty Ranks and Beenie, along with top notch DJs in Trinidad and Tobago, like Dr. Hyde and Howie Tee has enthused many who’ve been yearning for a taste of the Golden years, when, as many argue, music was good!

Gates open at 9pm this evening at the Brian Lara Stadium with the show set to end at 4am. For further info, visit Freedom The Concert on Instagram.

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