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Jade Lopez Returns With “Permission”. Now, He’s A Self Taught Producer Too.

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Persistence is a hell of a thing. One entertainer’s undying passion and his heritage have fueled what will likely be a long and prosperous career in music. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jade Lopez- the artiste best known for a 2008 single called, “Bum Bum,” is determined to show the world what he’s made of. He’s been residing in the Turks and Caicos with his wife and young son, a move that came quite suddenly after his wife received the perfect job offer. Amid it all however, Lopez’s love for his country and Soca music, has been constant, propelling him to strive for a certain kind of artistic independence that only few have acquired.

Moving from the hub of Caribbean entertainment to an island he’d hardly been acquainted with, Lopez believed he’d be able to foster new relationships with music producers on the island and certainly build his Soca music catalogue. That however, proved a challenge. “I tried to find producers that would be able to give me the sound that I had in my head for the music that I had been writing, but it never worked out. Most of the producers here were not building Soca beats,” he explained. He admitted to spending quite a bit of money only to be dissatisfied by the final product, time and time again. He never gave up on performing though. Lopez kept busy on the local music and nightlife circuit in the Turks and Caicos, performing with a band and delivering cover songs that brought the sound of T&T to the people of that island. “I still wondered whether I was ever going to find the right producer to help me deliver new music,” he admitted. Support came from several people though, among them, DJ C Wyllie who encouraged Lopez to keep pushing. Sometime later, another friend gave him the gift of a keyboard, encouraging him to begin learning the techniques that would lead to his musical independence.

Jade Lopez has since taught himself how to produce his own melodies, matching what he often conjures in his head, to a final production. A new Soca release called, “Permission”- self written and self produced, has inspired a deep rooted desire to share his story of persistence with young, up and coming acts. “The fact that I am a self taught producer- and this is just one of the many songs that I have produced, I want the youths who want to do something positive to know that there’s always a way. No matter if someone tells you that you can’t do it, believe in yourself,” he said.

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Murder of Rihanna’s Cousin Places Sudden International Spotlight on Gun Violence in the Caribbean.

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Rihanna with her cousin who became a victim to gun violence on Boxing Day in Barbados.

Gun violence and the effectiveness of Caribbean policing may be making the international spotlight, this on the heels of the murder of 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, Barbadian superstar, Rihana’s cousin. The young man was shot and killed on Boxing Night in Barbados while walking through a track near his home. He had been shot multiple times.

Rihanna who had been home for the holidays, expressed grief via her social media pages, writing:

“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man.”

Back in February, the young man had cited the internationally acclaimed singer as his source of happiness. He had posted a message beneath a photo of them together, in celebration of Rihanna’s 29th birthday. “Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness,” he wrote.

Police are now on the hunt for the killer. Rihanna has since called for gun violence to cease.

 

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Rihanna Does Christmas in Barbados But The Worst Thing Happened.

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Rihanna gets the flu in Barbados.

There’s nothing like a Caribbean Christmas. That’s why one of the world’s biggest celebs chose her homeland of Barbados to enjoy the season. Rihanna’s been hard at work all year long so it was only fitting that some R&R at Christmas be accompanied by the warmth of her family and friends back at home. Boy oh boy, the blessing she is to Barbados, if only for tourism. Thing is, while she was excited to be with her mom and the rest of the gang, the singer was struck by the worst luck ever.

No, Rihanna was not robbed. She did not get food poisoning either. Unfortunately, she got the dreaded flu. Imagine leaving the wintery weather in the US only to be struck with the flu bug in the tropics. That sucks! She still managed to get all dressed up in a red sheer gown for a special night it seemed though.

Rihanna has unleashed 14 new lipstick shades.

Rihanna’s been working hard over the past few months. Her FENTY Beauty Makeup line has racked up millions in sales and earlier today, the brand unleashed 14 new shades of lipstick in Rihanna’s Mademoiselle lipstick line. The beauty collection only had two lip products prior to this unveiling- a neutral gloss and a bright red liquid lipstick.

The Mademoiselle collection boasts 14 shades of bold matte lip hues in shades that range from lavender to dark brown and from baby blue to navy. On Twitter, a message issued to fans suggested that everyone give the #trophywife shade a try.  “We got the perfect camera effect for y’all to get into that highlight,” the tweet said. It was explained that those wishing to try it out simply had to add the effect to their Facebook camera on their mobile devices and take a selfie in the Fenty frame. A yellow toned flash of highlight would automatically be added to get the highlight, the brand’s social media rep said.

 

 

 

 

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