He may have started off singing parang as a pre-teen, but at 22, Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyrel Ross is delivering island pop- a genre saturated with that fresh Caribbean vibe that the world just can’t seem to get enough of. If you’ve never heard about Tyrel, here’s what you should know :
Tyrel’s studying International Transportation and Trade at Suny Maritime College in New York but he’s presently at home in Trinidad until the end of August when he’ll return to continue his studies. His passion for music just cannot be overlooked however, and he told EBUZZTT that he’s received a lot of support from his step-father in the pursuit of his musical ambitions. His mother, he says, keeps him driven academically and for that, he is tremendously grateful.
The release of his brand new single, ‘This Girl is Hot’, complete with a video that’s already uploaded to YouTube, boasts a message that’s much bigger than what’s shared on the surface level. “For me personally, the song’s hook, ‘this girl is hot’, stands for a lot more than physical beauty. I want women to understand that hot doesn’t just mean their physical makeup, but their mind, their attitude, their vibe, their flair, the way they carry themselves,” he said, encouraging females to believe in themselves. “No matter how you think others perceive you, that shouldn’t really matter. You should know that no matter what, you are beautiful ; you were made beautiful. Just believe in yourself and you”ll be just fine.”
A former Holy Cross College student, Tyrel plays the guitar and says he wants to learn the piano. He has a great appreciation for music and it shows in the quality of what he delivers. The new track, which was produced at Dan Borgers Studios in Toronto Canada was co-written by Jenna Nation Music out of Toronto and Ross himself. “I worked with Dan Borgers and Jenna Nation on my previous release and I really enjoyed that experience so we did it again,” he said. Already, Tyrel says he’s been receiving a lot of good feedback on the new release, explaining that while at home in Trinidad and Tobago, the urban market facilitates mostly Soca and Dancehall music, he feels there’s a growing appreciation for Island Pop. “I’ve been influenced musically by many of our local artistes. I love what Kalpee’s been doing musically and it’s good to see how far he’s reached,” said Tyrel, noting that Kees and Voice are two other favourites of his. “Internationally, I love all kinds of musical genres really. From John Legend to Chronixx, Hood Celebrity, Koffee, Ed Sheran ; once the music sounding good, I’m vibin’ to it..”
“We Are a Small, But Proud Country.” – TT Health Minister To Trevor Noah.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister is today being hailed a hero for his professional execution of yesterday’s interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
During the virtual interview with the South Africa born host, Deyalsingh is heard repeating, “Trinidad is a small but proud country.”
The interview was seen as necessary by the team at The Daily Show, according to Noah, to debunk rapper, Nicki Minaj’s claim that someone in Trinidad had experienced testicular swelling after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Introducing the minister to his global audience with a bit of humor and some reference to Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival culture, Noah allowed the minister to deliver his Ministry’s statistics. Minister Deyalsingh noted that some 1 million vaccine doses have been administered in a population of 1.3 million. “We are confident that we have brought WHO approved vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago,” he said, before adding, “of those 1 million doses of vaccines we have administered, there have been only been 5 cases of adverse events, all reported to WHO.” Minister Deyalsingh further stated, “none of them includes testicular swelling.”
In the comments beneath the Daily Show video on YouTube, viewers congratulated the country’s minister on a job well done. One person, Constance Robertson said, “This Jamaican thanks the TT Minister of Health for repping the entire Caribbean.”
HERE’S THE INTERVIEW:
Does Nicki Minaj Hate Trinidad? Artist “Vaccine and Testicles” Tweet Makes Viral Mess.
Tony Chow Lin On- better known as Chinese Laundry, the owner of urban radio station, 96.1WEFM in Trinidad, is baffled by the negative publicity surrounding recent remarks by Nicki Minaj on Twitter as it relates to why she declined this year’s Met Gala invitation. He calmly analyzed the situation on Facebook this afternoon.
Minaj, a St. James, Trinidad born rapper has left international media houses spinning, with even CNN covering her tweet. “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” she wrote on the social media platform. Her comment came after explaining that she had not been vaccinated, which was a requirement for all guests attending Monday’s Met Gala.
On the heels of coverage by various media outlets, including Variety, and even a humorous highlight by comedian Trevor Noah, Chow Lin On said, “her words were harmful at a critical time.”
The well known Trinidad and Tobago entertainment industry executive wrote, “All major news agencies, CNN , Washington Post and others including Dr Fauci , all concluded that Nicki Minaj’s baseless claims were irresponsible at best and highlights the issue of when celebrity influence is terribly harmful. So after all the memes, fun and social media engagement, long after it’s not a trending topic , her words were harmful at a critical time , as the world is engaged in the mother of all battles , THE PANDEMIC!!!! and the unfortunate side show , it’s a Trini with missing brain cells , Jed I want us to be famous for our music , our culture, our sporting achievements, our contributions to protecting the environment, a model for multi ethnic societies etc etc . THIS MY FRIEND IS NOT IT.”
This latest less- than -well- thought -out expression by the 38-year-old “Anaconda” singer comes on the heels of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics scandal involving Trinidad and Tobago sprinter, Michelle Lee Ahye who called out Minaj on Twitter in July, after she congratulated Jamaica’s athletic team and failed to even mention the Trinidad and Tobago athletes who were also at the games.
Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister meanwhile has debunked the rapper’s statement untrue.
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