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Huge Weekend of Sweetness in T&T. First Reggae then Soca.

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What a huge weekend! First, reggae hitmaker Chronixx destroyed Trinidad’s Southland, delivering his countless hits to a sea of reggae loving concert goers, then on Sunday, Soca queen, Destra Garcia sends ripples through the entertainment fraternity.

Destra Garcia announces her engagement.

Yes folks, Destra Garcia is officially off the market. The singer who broke her ankle while performing in Bermuda earlier this year, announced her engagement via Instagram on Sunday night.

Posting an image of her engagement ring, the artiste who is possibly the most toured entertainer out of Trinidad and Tobago, revealed that she has managed to keep her engagement a secret for some time. Destra and her daughter’s father, Brian, have been together for a number of years- their daughter, Xaiya, already 7-years-old.

Destra and Brian have been together for years.

The public announcement has however been downplayed by radio personality and comedian, Rachel Price who, during her radio program on RED 96.7FM this morning, subliminally questioned the need for the announcement since the pair have been together for so many years. Such is the norm in the entertainment arena in Trinidad and Tobago these days it seems though. Much scrutiny seems to be pouring out of every nook and cranny leaving us to wonder just how much love is being shared in these parts at all. Anyway, Congratulations to Destra Garcia and her husband to be, Brian. We wish you both many blissful years ahead.

 

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Shal Marshall Among Hot Caribbean Acts to Hit Major HOT97 Summer Stage This Month.

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Soca and Reggae music again takes centre stage outside of the Caribbean at the end of this month when New York’s HOT97 hosts its On ‘Da Reggae and Soca Tip.’ The event has seen artistes like Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Gyptian, Kranium, Shaggy, Barrington Levy and many others, over the years and this year Mr. Splinters- Shal Marshall, is billed to perform.

Set to take place at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on August 31st from 7:3pm, this summer’s  HOT 97 Caribbean feature event will also feature T&T’s Nailah Blackman, the young artiste who was nominated in July for a BET Award. Other artistes on the cast include Jamaica’s Ding Dong, Aidonia, Konshens, Elephant Man, Masicka and Kranium.

Both Shal Marshall and Nailah Blackman have been holding their own since the end of Carnival 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago, proving that they are ready and able to make it to major world stages. Marshall is currently making waves with a new single called “Trending,” which sits on the Monkey Steel riddim. Blackman meanwhile, recently released a new video for a remixed single done with Jamaica’s Ding Dong. That single is called, “Birthday Song.”  Check it out on our featured video tab.

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Nailah, Shenseea, Alison Replace Rihanna in Barbados CropOver Action.

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The energy surrounding Barbados’ annually anticipated Crop Over fun, was no different this year. Despite the absence of the Bajan pop princess, Rihanna on the island, CropOver was filled with smiles, good vibes and even acclaimed female celebs, loved world over and definitely in the Caribbean.

Bajan Soca Queen, Alison Hinds represented as she always does, donning a one piece costume that did her body absolute justice. She was all smiles, soaking in the hot Caribbean sun, parading the route and at one point, taking a wine with fellow soca entertainer, Sekon Sta, atop a music truck, as you would’ve seen above.

Nailah Blackman was picture perfect for CropOver.

Annually, many make their way over to Barbados for Cropover. The fete circuit, many agree, is becoming quite similar to the Trinidad and Tobago carnival fete vibe, with many all inclusive events offering true carnival bliss to fetters on that island.

Rihanna was not at Cropover this year.

Over the past few weeks, a number of Soca stars thrilled soca lovers in Barbados, among them, Shal Marshall, Patrice Roberts and Nailah Blackman. Blackman was even a part of the Kadooment day fun, sharing her sexy physique, all dolled up in her costume provided by Khepri Kulture, with social media fans. The ‘Sokah’ singer who recently appeared as a guest on Canada’s ‘Your Morning Show’, was in her glee to say the least, having been spotted in the company of her Jamaican sister, Shenseea, at one point. The two have become best buds since recording ‘Baddish’ together last year.

Rihanna is likely to pop up on the Copover scene next year. The internationally acclaimed singer, actress and businesswoman has been working on what Rolling Stone reported to be two albums, soon to be released.

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