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Giselle The Wassi Is Miami Carnival’s MVP. Carnival Ambassador Pours Endless Vibes Wherever She Goes.

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It’s been 31 years since she began putting her heart and soul into the Miami Carnival excitement and never has she regretted the decision. With the Miami Broward Carnival committee celebrating 32 years of hosting the annual event in 2018, Giselle The Wassi One has been on the journey for 31 of those years, a fact that puts it all into perspective, making her undoubtedly the Most Valuable Player in the game, by all accounts.

Wassi atop her truck on Saturday with Caribbean entertainers Teddyson John and Voice.

When it comes to revelry and turning up the vibes, nobody does it better than this lone female MC who’s run the route, from carnival to carnival, around the world, for many years. In Trinidad and Tobago, Wassi’s voice is synonymous with fetes like Army and the now defunct, Fire Fete. She has been a part of the T&T carnival landscape for over two decades, but in Miami, she runs the route.

On Saturday morning at the Central Broward Regional Park where J’ouvert was the order, Wassi, standing proudly atop her truck, briefly stopped amid the thrill to point out her adult son, who she told  revellers, had shared her with them for his entire life. She thanked him for loving her and the mas continued. One day prior, Giselle, along with Soca DJ, Back To Basics, had hosted an event called Rise and Shine- a beach party that’s now into its 10th year. She told Ebuzztt.com that she would love to bring the concept to Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival in the years ahead. It was indeed a great party with everyone wearing white, and the music – a mixture of Caribbean genres, along with the beach front venue, delivering a Caribbean fete everyone could enjoy. The artistes too, many of whom are friends of the female MC, came out to vibe and enjoy the fete, among them, Shurwayne Winshester, Ricki T, Problem Child, Teddyson John and Iwer George. One of the event’s hosts, Jamaican heavyweight, Jabba, had at one point during his set, pointed out how many people from New York had made their way to Miami for the festival. The party was great, to say the least and with Wassi a the helm, there’s no doubt that Rise and Shine will see many more years of success.

Today, as the Miami Carnival’s curtains come down, Giselle and her team will be on the road for the parade of the bands. Her celebration of 31 years on the road in Miami will be highlighted in her band’s presentation of ‘Timeless- the theme unveiling to spectators, exactly what makes the Wassi Ones (Giselle’s team), legendary. Last week, they celebrated victory at the annual Kiddies Carnival, as her children’s band, Wassi Babes, had stolen the show and taken home the first prize. “They made me cry. They picked their songs and practiced all year long,” she’d said of the Junior Queen of Carnival’s presentation, Royalty.

Giselle The Wassi One is the ultimate Carnival ambassador. Her passion for delivering the very best in carnival entertainment, while at the same time, teaching newcomers about the enjoyment of the festival, is unparalleled. For that reason, we know that no matter what the future brings, the name Wassi, will always hold with it, high merit and respect, by thousands around the world who’ve also made this industry, their own.

 

 

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Machel Montano Emerges to Find T&T Drenched Following Weekend Floods.

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Flood waters have devastated many across East and Central, Trinidad. Photo Credit: Rishi Ragoonath. 

One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation.

Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.

“This morning I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages of concern, prayer and well wishing. I was saddened to learn of the devastating floods that hit home in Trinidad and Tobago and my heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The Siparia native who now resides in Los Angeles, explained that Trinidad and Tobago is a nation of great resilience and further saluted those who’ve helped during and in the aftermath of of the flooding. “Thank you for all the prayers and to all those who will continue to support the relief efforts,” he said on Instagram.

 

 

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Olatunji Wins For Soca. Former Road March Champ, Shurwayne Winchester Proud of His Fellow Artist.

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Olatunji Yearwood’s herculean effort to expose the Soca music genre to the European market and by extension, the world, is being praised by his cohorts in the Caribbean music industry. Shurwayne Winchester, who himself, has worked hard to take the genre to music lovers around the world, on Sunday said he is extremely proud of the former Groovy Soca Monarch champ.

Shurwayne Winchester is proud of Olatunji.

Beneath an EBUZZTT post, Shurwayne said, “I am proud of this man. He won more than he can imagine.” Winchester went on to point out that history will one day show that when Soca is called, it was showcased to the world by this young, impressive artist.

On Saturday night, Ola took the stage on the X Factor UK where he performed a new single written merely a few days before the performance. The single, “Jiggle” was well received by the UK audience, but unfortunately he did not receive enough votes that would secure him a space into the next round of competition.

Destra congratulated the young artiste, saying his parents would be very proud.

Destra Garcia, a phenomenal culture ambassador herself, also took the time on Sunday to give respect to Olatunji for his effort on the television show.

“Proud of you Ola. You flew the flag so high for soca and for your county, Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of all of us.

 

Destra went on to say, “Your parents would have been the proudest. You did well Tunji… you did well. This was just not your time. But now the world knows who Olatunji ‘Tadow’ Yearwood is. Love always my brother and friend.”

 

 

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