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Archived: Jamaica’s Jahmiel Leaves His Mark at SXSW. Gears Up For UK Tour in May.

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Jahmiel performed at SXSW last weekend.

Jamaica’s reggae artistes continue to grind and shine. ‘Things Take Time” singer, Jahmiel performed at South By South West (SWXW) in Austin, Texas this past weekend hitting the stage alongside,  Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean first, and then on Friday, performing at the  Global Fest and Paligrossa. It was certainly the perfect opportunity for any young, caribbean artiste to be highlighted-  South By South West, having over the years, opened the gates for emerging global talent.

  “Performing in front of a non-Caribbean crowd is always an eye-opener, it allows you to see how far your music is reaching, how much work you have put in as well as how much further you need to go.” – JAHMIEL. 

Ebuzztt.com understand that while the young sensation performed a number of his hits like, “Gain the World”, “U Me Luv”, “Things Take Time”, “Where Were You” and “True Colours”, it was Strongest Soldier  that was the biggest song at each show.
 “The promotion we’ve put into ‘Strongest Soldier’ and continue to put in, makes me realize, its just time and hard work as well as many of the people resonate with the message in the song,” he said. 

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Jahmeil is now gearing up for the release of the video for his single, “Live Without Limits” and a UK tour, which will see him deliver to audiences in Birmingham, Brixton and Manchester. He heads to the UK in the first week of May, where he’ll perform alongside the likes of Cham and Tarrus Riley- an artiste who promises to deliver his truth in Trinidad at Redemption- the 5th Coming on June 2nd. Jahmiel will hit the stage at a few of the biggest reggae concerts in the UK- notably, More Life, Full 100 and the Reggae Loves Manchester festival.

“The Greatman has put in a lot of work over the years and UK ready for his return.  His growth as an artist and his energy on stage is one not many young artist have as a part of their package. Jahmiel delivery on stage is one that is always memorable. So I and nuff of my friends dem plan to roll out in our numbers to see the Patriotz boss.” – Marcus Wyatt of Brixton UK.

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“Something Had to Happen. Radio People Had to Stand Up.” – JAIGA.

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Say what you want about him, he lives for the Artform. His slogan, “Great is the Artform,” is a permanent reminder of Jaiga’s undying love for Soca music. He’s represented hard for that aspect of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture for many years and even now as a radio personality at 96.1WEFM, Jaiga makes no qualms about his devotion to Soca. 

Jaiga during performance.

Last year, the announcement by the country’s Prime Minister that there would be no carnival 2021, backed many artistes and entertainment stakeholders against a wall. Their livelihoods had been affected for most of 2020 and it seemed the same would take place in 2021. Others, like Jaiga felt pained at the thought of no cultural expression. In his mind, something had to happen. “My team – the Breakfast Party team decided that it was very important for us and I think every radio station practitioner, everybody who has a platform, to encourage not only Trinidadians but the wider diaspora to do their part to keep the art alive in order to ensure that all stakeholders have something to fall back on when that time reaches. We needed the essence of the Carnival in the air,” he said.

Speaking with Ebuzztt, Jaiga explained that even after hearing the government’s cultural arm, the NCC, announce that there would be no move to host a virtual carnival, he knew he had to do something. He would go on to call on his team at 96.1 WEFM, to produce the virtual Breakfast Party – a carnival show complete with artistes and costume wearing hosts Nikki Crosby and Ro’dey, and viewable on social media and  later uploaded to YouTube. 

Jaiga, a man who understands both the business and the creativity of the Carnival culture, went on to epress his view on the ongoing debate regarding the format of the present day cultural delivery. He hinted that selfish perspectives have led to some discord.

What about Post Carnival 2021?

Jaiga, like other forward thinkers in the industry, has already begun thinking about the future.

Outside of this virtual carnival, he says this may have proven that the time is ripe for produced cultural shows that can showcase the energy and vibrance of Trinidad and Tobago as the Mecca of carnival, to the world.

He further said International promoters and local bodies could now forge ties to the benefit of all involved.

The artiste and radio personality noted that the time has come to give the world something that is well packaged – something that Trinbagonians could be proud of.

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Kes the Band Takes Over Tonight!

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This is Carnival week in Trinidad and Tobago. The energy of a festival that annually delivers the most vibes that can be experienced anywhere in the world, would have culminated next week Tuesday. Covid-19 has however put a spoke in the wheel of true “Carnivalians,” but the spirit of the festival lives in their hearts.

Artistes have been answering the call. Last week, Nadia Batson delivered what was undeniably one of the best carnival related television productions seen over the years. Her team demonstrated an aptitude and perfect understanding of what viewers require of a televised soca experience.

Her show- Artform 3, was followed up by events hosted by Preedy, Lyrikal and Blaxx, all of which gave home audiences much to enjoy.

This week, Kes The Band takes over. Artist, Kees Dieffenthaller and his team will deliver a 5 night soca series dubbed ‘IZWE’. It starts tonight! According to a media release, the events being hosted live at The Sound Forge in Port-of-Spain, will see some 300 patrons in attendance, each night, with all covid-19 protocols put in place by government, being observed. The events all air live on CNC3 in Trinidad and Tobago and affiliate stations up the Caribbean. Fans outside of the region can livestream the concert via www.kestheband.com, by purchasing tickets for $10. The live stream is available at no cost within the Caribbean.

“This is a presentation of culture in all its different aspects,” said Kees. “We’ll be celebrating the essence of who we are. It all began with drums and fire and, out of the revolution of our ancestors, Carnival came to be the sweetest revolution. We are celebrating our light in these dark times,” he said.

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