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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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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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5 Things Trinis Do That’ll Either Intrigue You or Make You Cringe.

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Thousands are flooding Trinidad and Tobago’s shores even as you read. It’s Carnival. The feting season’s here and in the next couple weeks, the island’s guaranteed to be overrun with tourists from around the world. Never been? Here are five words that’ll tell you all you need to know about the people of Trinidad and Tobago…. TRINBAGONIANS LIVE FOR THE THRILL.

Machel Montano will be at Army Fete 2019.

Whether it’s how Trinis fete or how they interact with visitors, the energy that embodies the people of this West Indian twin island, will mesmerize you in one way or another. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be able to get Trinidad and Tobago off your mind.

We’ll get you started with 5 things Trinbagonians do that will either make you smile and want give it a try, or give you the heebie jeebies. If you’re American, you’re guaranteed to get where we’re coming from. For those who aren’t… the replacement phrase would be uncomfortably nervous. Here goes:

1. Trinbagonians drink alcohol in the streets, unhindered and unbridled. There are no laws against it.


2. They take carnival loans. Now, while in the Western world or anywhere credit equates to life, this act would be questioned, in Trinidad and Tobago, a carnival loan simply taken to “enjoy the season”, is a norm.


3. The impromptu J’ouvert potty stop doesn’t always mean an indoor toilet stop. We’ll leave that one to your imagination. Just note that at Carnival, there’s usually a no holds barred kind of attitude to life.


4. Ketchup is a staple condiment to most street food and even home cooked meals like ‘pelau’. So, while in North America, a ketchup bottle would never accompany a pizza slice, the exact opposite takes place in these parts. In fact, Trinbagonians now add a slew of other condiments to their food… like garlic sauce and shadow beni sauce. Get with it! FAST.


5. Spending exorbitant amounts to see the same artistes you’d see at a $200 fete, just to say, “I went to _______ fete” for “the experience” is another norm here. According to some, Trinidad and Tobago just isn’t a real place. We’ll leave the rest to you, now… Have fun!

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