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Fay Ann Wishes Her Soca Monarch ‘Replacement’ Well. Randy Glasgow Cries Foul.

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Organizers of the International Soca Monarch competition are yet to release an official statement on the matter of who will take over Fay Ann Lyons Alvarez’s post, following news that she has officially bowed out of her last year’s position.

The former Road March, Power and Groovy Soca Monarch King has received tremendous kudos for her input in the competition last year, this as fans and even critics took to social media overnight, and throughout the day today, to relay their disdain over the news. Many agree that Lyons-Alvarez had done a great job at revamping and reinvigorating the Soca Monarch competition. Today, Lyons Alvarez confirmed her position, noting that time constraints had essentially led to the move.

President of the Promoters Association of Trinidad and a Tobago, Randy Glasgow.



Prominent event Promoter Randy Glasgow and his team at Randy Glasgow Productions are confident that before long, good sense will prevail and Lyons Alvarez will be reinstated by the Caribbean Prestige Foundation. “We want to lend support to Fay Ann in this situation. We are asking the Soca Monarch committee to please do their best to retain Fay Ann and her team to produce the 2020 Soca Monarch competition,” he said.

Glasgow, in an interview with Ebuzztt this afternoon, said Fay Ann was able to gather the national community and encouraged them to buy back into the Soca Monarch concept last year, adding that she single handedly showed the business community how the event should be run.

Glasgow who will produce Soka With Her in Carnival 2020, highlighted that Fay Ann and her husband, Bunji Garlin are a duo who loves their job, saying this is evident when they travel. “We’ve all seen it. They promoted the Soca Monarch even outside of T&T last year. They talked to the artistes and promoted the event,” he said.

Randy ended by saying in Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival landscape there is always some ‘bacchanal’, adding that he believes sooner or later, good sense will prevail.


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Island Lime Magazine Set to Take Caribbean Energy to Global Heights.

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Both hard copy and digital, IslandLime Magazine’s on a mission. In the ever-expanding world that we now occupy, efforts continue to share the most authentic Caribbean energy, with everyone outside the Diaspora. It’s not a new idea but the man behind it has all the gumption it takes to make it make sense.

Simon Baptiste believes in the Caribbean potential.

Simon Baptiste says his team’s vision is to create a global platform that allows for the stories of Caribbean creators and creatives, to be shared with people around the world – people who are anxious to discover more about the heartbeat of the region. “Although we recognize the importance of what goes on within our region, there are also hundreds of tales – fiction and non fiction, being crafted by islanders in territories that stretch from North America ti Australia,” he said in a recent Ebuzztt chat. “It’s our job to reveal the players and the art.”

The magazine’s official launch took place on July 4th in Port- of- Spain, Trinidad and featured performances by Key DeVere and John G. In the aftermath of the launch, Simon issued a statement, thanking folks who came out in support. He explained that the rationale behind delivering the project now, lies in understanding that we – the Caribbean people, built nations. “A chain of over 700 islands, encompassing 1,063,000 square miles, has produced incomparable talent- people who have left and continue to leave an indelible mark on art, fashion, music, literature, entertainment, sports, science and technology,” he wrote. Baptiste praised his people, adding, “From Capitol Hill, to working spaces in Nairobi, to the offices of an advertising agency, Down Under, you’ll find someone who has island roots, and spreads the philosophy of what makes the Caribbean and its people so unbelievably spectacular.”

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Buju Banton Celebrates 51st Birthday Following Sold Out Weekend Shows in New York.

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He’s booked to return to New York in November but before that, renowned reggae artiste, Buju Banton will make 13 stops across the US. The Overcome Tour kicks off on August 23rd in Fort Lauderdale. The tour announcement came on the artiste’s birthday, earlier today.

Buju’s weekend double showcase at The UBS Arena has been the talk of the internet- photos and videos showing a sold out arena on both Saturday and Sunday. On stage on Saturday night, Buju – one of Jamaica’s most beloved entertainers, said God had bigger plans for him, despite being written off for a US return, by some. “They said, “you will never come back to the United States of America…” And I said to them, “let’s see what God will do.””

Buju Banton performs at UBS arena on July 13th


Online, some fans have described Buju’s performance in New York as spiritual, one person saying, “When you were ordained to do this, nobody can take it away.”
Buju returned to the US on May 2nd after six years. Prior to the weekend showcase, he had not performed in the States, in 15 years.

A media release by Destine Media confirmed a crowd of 36,000 filled the Long Island arena on the weekend. Noting the success of both shows, it was announced that Buju will now go on a multi-city tour accompanied by the Shiloh band. “The Overcomer tour will feature Billboard chart-topping special guest artiste, Fridayy,” it explained. “Known for his exceptional musical abilities, Fridayy, a Haitian American singer, songwriter, and record producer, has made waves in the music industry with his “When It Comes To You”, Stand By Me”, “Without You” and his triple Grammy nominated song “God Did” by Dj Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and John Legend.”

In a statement regarding the milestone, Buju’s manager, represented by Joesph Budafuco, expressed great pride in the entertainer’s accomplishments. Budafuco highlighted the significance of Buju returning to tour in the US after a 15-year hiatus, emphasizing the anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming tour.

An artiste known for his conscious expressions, both on stage and off, Buju celebrates his 51st year of life today. He certainly has a lot to celebrate.

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