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Archived: Jaiga’s The MAN. He Just Might Be What Every Woman Wants!

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Few artistes give the world complete insight into their lives. The ones who do, are often the harshest criticized, but as the saying goes, if you ain’t got  no haters, you ain’t poppin’. Jaiga, the artiste formerly known as Super Jigga TC, is probably one of the hardest working entertainers in show biz out of Trinidad and Tobago. Surrounded by a brood of lovely ladies, he’s determined to show them that he’s a man in every way that it counts.

Jaiga with his wife, Samantha.

Terrin Callender is the father of two girls and the husband of a true Trini socialite who makes design industry work look damn easy. Added to that he juggles numerous media projects, including his early morning gig at 96.1WEFM. Jaiga’s a modern day superhero to say the least. Passion propels him though. He’s loved Soca forever. He’s stood firmly for the art form forever, and he won’t cave in under the pressure, he promises. Matter of fact, with his three little ladies looking on and cheering on his efforts every step of the way, how could he?

Earlier this season, he released two soca tracks, ‘Limbo’ and ‘Wining Crook’ – two songs that form part of the Asylum Vikings’ on stage repertoire. Yes, don’t forget that Jaiga, like the late Devon Matthews, is one part of the Asylum Vikings. He certainly enjoys being a part of the unit, which is headed by Bunji Garlin and his wife, Fay Ann Lyons. Their latest project that sees a thorough team spirit employed,  has been Fay Ann’s “AzaFit” PART -EE initiative – a carnival exercise pump that starts at the bottom of the Chancellor Hill in Port-of-Spain and sees scores challenge themselves in an ambitious exercise routine, toward the top. He’s definitely a team player and so too is his wife, Samantha. She’s never too far away when it comes to her husband’s performances or efforts involving the Asylum Vikings.

Jaiga’s at the helm of the Great 8.

Last year, Jaiga launched his very own online portal- something he called, The Bass Now Media. Out of that initiative, stemmed something called, “The Great Eight.” He’s been championing an effort t0 make the region and by extension the world, become a bit more in tuned to the soca tracks that are being released, year round, by artistes from across the Caribbean. He says it’s been successful so far, explaining that he receives new music by the ton loads, daily, from a number of artistes from around the region. Soca undoubtedly the Caribbean’s best kept secret, many are realizing the genre’s worth, daily, so we suspect that Jaiga’s gonna be getting more than he bargained for, as word of this portal reaches far and wide.

Jaiga is a doting father of two beautiful girls.

Fatherhood, his most important duty, he says, Jaiga has a sick routine that would make any dead-beat dad hurl. Here’s how his day runs:

  • Wakes up at 4am.
  • Gets his elder daughter prepared to leave the house in East, Trinidad by 4:50am.
  • They both head to his job at 96.1WEFM where he starts his weekday shift.
  • His daughter gets herself dressed and he drops her off to school nearby at 7am.
  • He gets back to the radio station at 7:15am and completes his shift at 9am.
  • He takes some “me time”- training at the Hasely Crawford Stadium with some track and field guys.
  • He then heads to his office where he starts his work on “The Great 8”.
  • At 1:30pm he picks up his elder daughter and takes her to after care lessons
  • He then collects his kindergartner from school at 2:30pm and she stays in office with him where she even attends meetings- this until her mom collects her.
  • Subsequent to that he is away from home, grinding in the name of the art form that is Soca.

“I’m not one to give anyone advice on how to raise their kids,” he told Ebuzztt when confronted with the question. He says he sees his duties and what he does for and with his girls as a part of him. “I feel really good knowing that everyday I can give them some sense of continuity and some sense of good habit. Everyday I make sure my girls see me pick them up. It’s important to me. I want them to at least see me everyday. I like to know how their day went and I make the extra effort to do that because they don’t see me at night,” he explained.

He doesn’t deny that there are challenges when it comes to managing his hectic professional life and family life but quickly tells us:

“I just try my best to appreciate the fact that I am a part of their lives and I think about down the road. I think about the fact that when they are grown, I want them to understand that it is important for anyone who enters their lives to give them full respect when it comes to their time, energy and effort.”

Take a look at Jaiga in action at the studios of 96.1WEFM recently. Not only is he a pretty good radio personality but he’s got some sewing skills. Guys, take note.

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Lila Ike, Skillbeng Rise Up to Address System Corruption in New Collab.

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Fusing contemporary reggae with elements of soul, hip-hop and dancehall, breakthrough recording artist Lila Iké teams up with rising dancehall talent Skillibeng for a powerhouse remix of “Thy Will.” Both hailing from Jamaica, these two distinct vocalists continue to gain notoriety as the island’s new generation of promising stars. 

The song premiered last weekThursday, via The Ebro Show on Apple Music 1. Yesterday, they unleashed the song’s brand new video directed by Nickii Kane and shot in Kingston, Jamaica. 

The original “Thy Will” is a standout from Lila Iké’s debut EP The ExPerience, where she calls out systemic issues of oppression and corruption. It is a reminder to keep pushing forward. “My people rise, remember now we black and we strong and when we are one, this is when we will overcome,” rings through the chorus. 

On the new version,  produced by Protoje, J.L.L. and iotosh, Skillibeng injects a vibrant dose of dancehall that complements the angelic conscious vocals of Lila Iké. 

Lila Iké will continue to drop new music throughout 2021 following The ExPerience.  

Lila continues to receive praise around the 7-track release. The EP was released to critical acclaim via RCA Records in conjunction with Protoje’s label and artist management company In.Digg.Nation Collective facilitated through Six Course Music in May 2020.

The EP’s single “I Spy” was selected as one of the year’s best songs from VICE, and SPIN named Iké one of the Most Interesting Artists of 2020. She graced NPR Tiny Desk with an at home performance amassing over 1.5 million views and more recently joined Protoje for a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PlayAtHome. She also received a 2020 nomination for Best New Reggae Act for the UK’s Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards.

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Archived: Lyrikal Opens His Stage to Less Know Soca Acts, Says They’re The Future Hit Makers.

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