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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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Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Takes Her First Step, 4 Months After Dad’s Death.

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Kobe Bryant’s 11 month old baby girl, Capri took her first steps this past weekend and the world got a glance. Vanessa Bryant posted a short video of the moment, excitedly telling her baby girl how proud she is of her.

“”I’m so proud of you!” Vanessa exclaims in the video which was shared on Instagram. “I knew you were gonna do it!” she added.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star’s life was cut short in January when a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California led to his death and the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

In addition to Capri, the couple had three older daughters- Natalia, Bianka and Gianna.

LOOK AT CAPRI TAKE HER FIRST STEPS.

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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