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Gourmet Dining, Golf, Fetes and More! Mele is on! Soca Lovers Heading to Cancun.

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When asked about the impact of COVID-19 and the shift from ship to shore, Dean Ackin, CEO of TRIBE spoke about the massive changes the Events and Entertainment industry has undergone over the last 18 months. He maintains that the key to the continuity and longevity of any brand is innovation. “The TRIBE brand is no stranger to innovative concepts having introduced all-inclusive mas to T&T Carnival some 16 years ago” Ackin stated. “Melé Destinations is simply another iteration of the brand’s innate ingenuity – fete and fun coupled with the vacation getaway we ALL deserve. The team is happy to be able to give our loyal patrons something to look forward to in 2022.”

Those interested in registering for Machel’s 1st event of this kind can log on to www.meledestinations.com for more info.

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Voice Breaks into Tears On Stage in NYC. “God Told Me to Go Fulfill My Purpose.”

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His journey can only be described in one word- predestined. The swift elevation from mere San Juan youth to internationally recognized Soca star is one that on Thursday night proved emotionally overwhelming for Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis. “I cried because I was overwhelmed. I cried because I couldn’t understand,” he wrote beneath a video posted to his social media platforms, highlighting the emotions felt and openly shown in New York on Thursday night.

Three time Soca Monarch champion, Voice.

Voice hit the United States by storm in August, having announced a full tour that included shows in Washington, Houston, Atlanta and Miami. The tour was named after his Instagram live nighttime feature, “Vibes with Voicey,” which brought fans from around the world into a close knit circle of friendships he’d built with fellow entertainment practitioners, Akeem 5.0, Major Penny, Salty, Travis World and DJ Elon. The feature would see thousands log in, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, to vibes with Voicey and his friends! It was sheer authenticity and it proved genius! The concept would soon morph into a multi-state tour in the United States where, despite continued COVID19 vaccine hesitancy by many, even within the Caribbean community, Soca artistes had gotten the green light to entertain fans at events across the US. Caribbean fetes were happening everywhere and on August 8th, Voice waded into the pre-Miami carnival energy, delivering his first installment of the tour at Arts Park in Florida.

Over the next few weeks, leading up to the final installment on September 2nd in New York, Voice brought fellow Soca artistes, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Alison Hinds, Problem Child, Lyrikal, Sekon Sta, Grenada’s Lil Natty and Thunda, Nailah Blackman, College Boi Jesse, Motto, and in New York, Kees and Nadia Batson among others, to deliver to fans of soca who simply lapped up every bit of the thrill they could, before Summer ends and the cold front returns.

Voice with Bunji Garlin

The young, triple Soca Monarch champion, thankful and dripping with gratitude not only to his parents but also to his dedicated team of friends and the entertainment professionals who supported him, ended the tour in tears on stage on Thursday night. “But then it hit me, God gives the hardest battles to His strongest soldiers. I’ve claimed success…I’ve claimed growth…and even when the journey was rough and I was at my lowest, God picked me up told me to go fulfill my purpose. He reminded me of the endless nights I worked for what I have now. He told me my time is now, and I listened,” the ‘Peace of Mind’ singer wrote. He said God had chosen him to deliver the music that would uplift the people, and as such, no one would deter him.

The singer went on to thank his parents, saying, “I owe everything to my mom and my dad. Not just my growth in my career but even my inner peace and happiness. I am who I am because of their intervention, guidance and love. God has truly blessed me with a support system like no other.”

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Vybz Kartel: “The System Wanted Me Thrown Away.”

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The world is once again paying very close attention to the case of Vybz Kartel- the incarcerated Jamaican dancehall artist who is charged with the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The sudden public reasoning surrounding the case comes on the heels of an unexpected jailhouse interview done via phone exclusively with New York’s FOX5 reporter, Lisa Evers.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for the crime, having been arrested on September 29th, 2011. His legal fight continues as he appeals the 2014 court ruling in London’s Privy Council. In his interview with Evers, Kartel blatantly says, “God save the Queen because she is the only one who can save me now.” The London Privy Council is second in authority only to the Queen. Along with the “Romping Shop” singer, fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were also charged with Williams’ murder. They too are appealing their sentences based on a British expert’s revelation that Palmer’s cell phone had been tampered with. According to official police reports, Clive “Lizard” Williams was lured to a house in Havendale, St. Andrew, where he was beaten to death for misplacing two firearms. Prosecutors used several text messages, voice notes, and videos taken from several phones to build their case against Kartel and his co-accused.

Speaking with Evers, the 45-year-old artist alluded to a plan by the government to clamp down on the artistes who were considered influential in disseminating violent lyrics via their music and influencing the youth. “To be really honest, the system really wanted me thrown away. It was never about me being charged for murder, it was about getting rid of Vybz Kartel, not Adidja Palmer the person,” he said.

When asked why he felt the system was out to get him, Kartel said this is what the officials had told them.

“If you remember, when Mavado and I had that little feud a few years ago, we even went to King’s House, which is like the home of the Prime Minister and they were telling us that oh, we were leading the kids astray, and if we don’t stop doing what we are doing we will not get permission to do shows and stuff like that.” – VYBZ KARTEL

 In 2011, Jamaica’s then Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powel admitted that the arrest was part of a police sting on artists. “We have an interest in at least ten other members of the entertainment industry, some of whom have been implicated in a number of murders and shootings,” he had said back then.

HERE’S THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH LISA EVANS.

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