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Jamaican Jerk Culture Penetrates As Global Eyes Remain Peeled To Island Vibes

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Caribbean food is a definite cultural selling point in these parts. Recently, US television host Anthony Bourdain’s CNN spotlight on Trinidad and Tobago’s culture emphasized to the world at large, just how much food- the variety that exists in the islands, has the ability to bind all creeds, races, and classes. Now we’re hearing that Pizza franchise, Papa Johns is spicing things up, having added its first Caribbean themed pizza to its menu, in late June.

A spicy jerk chicken pizza is now available at Papa Johns and it’s available at all 6 locations in Trinidad. The pizza will consist of tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and that spicy marinated jerk chicken that’s almost synonymous with Jamaica.

In recent time the Caribbean culture has been a topic of international appeal. From rappers Drake, Nicki Minaj, producer DJ Khaled and most recently, Hip Hop mogul, Jay Z, the music of the Diaspora has been sampled, particularly Jamaica’s dancehall, delivering bits and pieces of the Caribbean culture, to global audiences.

Rupee takes a selfie with the audience at TAO in Trinidad, this past Saturday.

Meanwhile, three of Jamaica’s top billing entertainers performed in Trinidad on the weekend. Sometimes controversial acts, Alkaline and Mavado, along with the newest sensation, Jahmiel, were a part of the TAO concert event that has become a staple of the July/ August entertainment lineup on the island. Soca artistes, Rupee and Nailah Blackman were also a part of the cast. Rupee, in a social media post after his performance, said:

“So much love last night at #TAO in #Trinidad for the Movado and Alkaline concert! I’m so humbled and blessed that I can touch a dancehall show like this and still get so much love. Trinidad, your outside son is forever grateful.”

 

 

 

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Think This Soca Remix’ll Be Played Post C2K18? That Caribbean Heat’s Sick.

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On February 2nd, in the heat of the Carnival melee in Trinidad, Bunji Garlin and Shenseea’s remix of Garlin’s ‘Big Bad Soca’ was uploaded to YouTube. Since that time, it’s amassed close to 200,000 views. But, if you’re like us and totally missed it, we’ve gotta warn you, the Jamaican gyal’s  powerful presence may very well grab you by the nuts.

Shenseea ain’t playin’. This girl’s getting hers! A collaboration of any kind with Bunji Garlin, could only have a positive result for any Caribbean artist and for Bunji- well, truth be told, Shenseea’s what’s hot right now, so his was definitely a good move.

Check out the remix. Be sure to let us know what you think.

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Jah Cure’s a Stud and It Has Nothing to Do With His Sex Appeal.

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Jah Cure was a part of Trinidad’s recent carnival excitement.

These Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes never cease to satisfy the yearning of their fans, do they? Their social media pages give the world some amazing insight into their lives, from what they like to eat to who they spend their most intimate moments with and so much more. Jah Cure’s one of those entertainers who’s adored for his voice but he’s so much more than an artiste. He’s a doting dad. His daughter’s got his heart, no doubt and despite the fact that he’s now divorced from her mother, Kamila McDonald, the reggae hit maker’s living up to his daughter’s expectations of him.

Pretty little Lani all masked up.

The Cure brought little Lani to Trinidad and Tobago in the past week. They were in T&T during the carnival festivities in the lead up to the little beauty’s 6th birthday. Social media posts showed the daddy -daughter duo heading back to Jamaica overnight, Jah Cure captioning one of his pics, “ We had a great time.”

The reggae crooner recently tweeted that a new music release is on the way- something called, “Risk it All”, which features Phyllisia Ross. Stay woke!

 

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