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Iwer George Saddened By Brutal Murder of Former Employee.

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Ricardo Welch was best known for his fiery attacks on politicians.

The death of well known political talk show host, Ricardo Welch, best known as Gladiator, in Trinidad and Tobago, has many now questioning whether the country will see any ease in criminal activity, anytime soon. Welch, was shot in the chest while leaving his home, in his vehicle, this morning. He died on the spot. His former employer, Soca artist, Neil Iwer George, spoke with EBUZZTT in the aftermath of the news, telling us that he is saddened by it all.

Iwer George operates radio station, 91.9FM. The company boasts two locations, in Trinidad and in sister isle, Tobago. Initially, Iwer’s vision for 91.9FM, substantiated his passion to push Soca music to its full potential, having launched what was then, the all soca station, Trinibashment 91.9FM. It was later re-engineered to suit an urban format, rebranded as The Street 91.9FM. Gladiator worked at the frequency, having come on board with Iwer to offer lovers of politics, commentary from his personal perspective, mixed of course, with laughter and ‘piccong.’ The 54-year-old worked there for some time before moving on.

Today, a reflective Iwer George told Ebuzztt:

The Gladiator was a great journalist in his own right. He worked for me for many years at 91.9FM and it is a very sad day to see him go so unexpectedly. He will be missed by many. On behalf of the management and staff of The Street 91.9FM, we send our condolences to the family of the late, great Ricardo Welch.

 

 

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Here’s How Machel Montano Made us Gush Last Weekend.

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While the untamable frenzy in the Caribbean last weekend centered around Jamaican dancehall and reggae icon, Buju Banton’s first post-release concert, there was a lot to take in amid the excitement. Machel Montano’s ongoing love affair stuck out like a sore thumb in our minds here at Ebuzztt, and in case you haven’t realized just how smitten the Soca taipan truly is, we’re here to prove it to you!

Buju’s Long Road to Freedom concert in Jamaica on Saturday brought the best of the best in Caribbean entertainment to the Jamaica National Stadium. From Tarrus Riley to Dj Khaled, Romain Virgo, Aidonia and Beenie Man among others, Caribbean celebs showed out and Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano was among them.

In the thick of the massive crowd, Machel Montano made a very public appearance with the woman he’s been linked to for some time. Reneé Butcher, a pretty low key beauty, whose simple yet charming demeanor leaves us quite intrigued, was seen wrapped in Montano’s arms, swaying to the music of the Grammy award winning artist, both, she and Montano undeniably in their comfort zone with each other.

Machel Montano, possibly in wind down mode after a very visible Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, once collaborated with Buju Banton. The Soca artist had remixed his single, “Make Love” with the “Rasta Got Soul” hit maker. His relationship with Butcher, while informerly confirmed, has seen them on an apparent life journey with a lot of spiritual soul searching together.

During Carnival 2019 in T&T, Butcher’s presence was seen and felt. Photos showed the couple together on Valentine’s Day, coupled up affectionately. Butcher was a part of the Carnival Mas excitement as well, taking to the streets with Montano, Ashanti and the countless other celebrities partaking in the bliss of the season. What’s not to love?

Now, here are 5 reasons we love seeing this couple together:

  • Their energy as a couple is humble, grounded and easy.
  • She’s cute!
  • She has seemingly affected Machel in a positive way. His energy as an individual seems different since she became publicly announced.
  • Love WINS! At 44 years of age, we love the idea of seeing the King of Soca settle with someone truly suited to him, after all, how much longer will he subject himself to those touchy- feely females on the entertainment circuit! The time has come to just let real love WIN!

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Swappi Deserved to Win. Artiste Breaks Down. Here’s Why!

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He cried tears, broke down like we’d never seen him, in the aftermath of a phenomenal carnival 2019 season that even resulted in a major Carnival title- the Groovy Soca Monarch crown. Marvin Davis grew up in the Sea Lots community. He’s the perfect example of rags to riches. Swappi’s also testimony that anyone who believes, can achieve. In the aftermath of Carnival 2019, Swappi quietly reflected in a chat with Ebuzztt, tearing up over the fact that he had almost given up.

Swappi recalls a trying few years, prior to 2019.

“I’m kind of emotional right now, because I actually didn’t see this coming,” he said to us. He had been at home, laid back, after securing the win on Fantastic Friday. Swappi could not contain his emotions. He admitted that he’d been extremely frustrated prior to 2019. “I’m laying here and thinking of how frustrating and confusing it was for me last year and the year before that and the year before that. I remember going to the grocery and picking up stuff, putting it in my trolley, and getting to the cash register and having to put it all back because all I had was $20,” he said with a level of humility and sadness that could not be faked. Swappi sighed emotionally at the memory, adding, “It was really challenging, very challenging to know that this is all that I do, music…. I just want to thank all the DJs, promoters, program directors, everyone, for giving me a second chance,” he said. He expressed gratitude to all who had played a part this past Carnival season, in essentially allowing him to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

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