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Archived: Good Vibes Aboard The First Ever Afro Soca Cruise. Erphaan, Slaughter, Turner, Problem Child All Impress.

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There’s something about Caribbean people’s strong desire to share the culture of these parts with the world. For Juliana Fermin and her team of just a few, the passion to showcase the beauty of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension, the Caribbean’s culture, is unparalleled. 

XCaliber International Dj and Soca artist, Doggy Slaughter was a part of the excitement. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank.

 

On the heels of their mid-year sail to Europe with the likes of Shurwayne Winchester, Turner, Preedy, Nailah Blackman and even Jamaica’s Charly Black, Fermin’s Soca on the Seas brand immediately shot into action, delivering an AfroSoca themed cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. This time, she sought out some of the Caribbean’s like minded culture promoters, acts like Barbados’ Edwin Yearwood, Eddie Charles of the A Team Band, Doggy Slaughter who would double up as Dj and artist, St. Lucia’s multi faceted, Ricky T, young artistes, Turner and Erphaan Alves, and even Chutney Soca Monarch Kings Neval Chatelal and Nishard B. That wasn’t all though. The team would not have been satisfied if they hadn’t gotten the latest hit maker to surface and shock the soca circuit- none other than Problem Child. 

Popular African dancer, Sherrie Silver on stage with Trinidad and Tobago artist, Turner. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank.

From October 8th – one day after Miami Carnival, to Friday October 12th, the Soca on the Seas family brought complete strangers together and it was aboard this amazing 4 night cruise that many who had never heard of Soca or Trinidad and Tobago, or even carnival, would get a first hand introduction to the vibe of what is now a globally expressed feeling of euphoria that can only be experienced. 

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Patrice Stuns With Sultry A Capella Performance at UWI All Inclusive.

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Say what you want about Patrice Roberts, the Soca star’s been serving it in the past couple years and by the look of things, she’s only just getting started. Several major Carnival anthems to her credit this season, Roberts proved her ability to manage anything when she took the stage at UWI’s annual All Inclusive Fete on Sunday evening.

An incredible lineup of performers that included the likes of Kees, Iwer George, Swappi, Shurwayne Winchester, David Rudder, Ravi and Nisha B and three time Soca Monarch King, Voice, the fete in it’s 30th year, offered patrons the expected ambience and not to mention an awesome array of succulent Caribbean and international dishes. Bar service unparalleled, patrons basked in the wide Angostura cocktail selection and of course, delighted in the tastes of JP Chenet, Absolut Vodka cocktails and Mandria Sagria. Certainly one of the most attractive fete layouts that offered the perfect combination of lush atmospheric beauty and attractive fetters, the UWI All Inclusive Fete, aptly coined, ‘White Diamonds’, delivered elements of Caribbean flair in a way that promoted our people’s ability to enjoy the finer things in life, when so desired.

Curry was served up.
Fried delights
Delightful seafood too.
Shurwayne Winchester on stage at UWI All Inclusive 2020.

On stage, Shurwayne Winchester – an artiste with many titles to his name, worked the early part of the evening with the Rhapsody Next Generation Band. He thrilled with some of his classic hits and delivered his 2020 offerings, much to the delight of patrons. Other caribbean stars like David Rudder, Ravi and Nisha B, and Swappi would follow, however, it would be Patrice who’d impress, delivering a set that was nothing short of exceptional. The superstar female performer managed to make things work, this despite kicking off her stage show without the accompaniment of the sound system – the music having failed as she was just about ready to deliver. Patsy would make light of the situation, willing the crowd to tell her what she should sing.

Happily, Roberts worked the stage at UWI fete, pouring out the vocals she may have been holding in for some time. Performances like the one we experienced on Sunday, are very rare this time of season- many artistes often trying their best to save their voices for the long haul. With less than a month before Carnival Monday, fans of soca can certainly expect to see and experience Roberts in full performance mode as the season climaxes. She’ll be at the upcoming Army Fete at the Queen’s Park Savannah on February 14th. Now… there’s a place she’s guaranteed to bring the energy! Get ready. We’re almost certain it’ll be out of this world!

CHECK OUT THIS SNIPPET OF PATRICE’S A CAPELLA PERFORMANCE AT UWI:

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Entertainment Website, TMZ Bashed for Insensitivity In Reporting Kobe Bryant’s Death.

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The rush by media outlets to be “first” is proving to be a problem. Even as investigators scrambled to the scene of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine persons in Los Angeles on Sunday, US media outlet, TMZ had been informing the world that basketball star, and father of four, Kobe Bryant had been killed. The rush to be first is now being criticised, with several people in authority lamenting the fact that family members may not have been given the news just one hour after the incident had taken place. TMZ had however broken the story, sending the world into a state of shock.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin

The media outlet was criticised by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who told reporters, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one … perished and you learn about it from TMZ.” He said TMZ had posted the story a little more than one hour after police said they received reports of a downed aircraft.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami also criticised TMZ in a tweet. “I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported … Kobe had passed,” Murakami wrote. “I understand getting the scoop but please allow us time to make personal notifications to their loved ones. It’s very cold to hear of the loss via media. Breaks my heart.”

Kobe Bryant leaves to mourn, his wife Vanessa Bryant and three other daughters.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it was insensitive for TMZ to run with the report before ensuring family members had been notified or do you think it goes with the territory?

Was TMZ Wrong for Running the Story on Kobe's death before confirming the family Had been notified?

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