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Archived: Jazz on the Hill Puts Focus on Two Soulful Sisters



The Tobago Jazz Experience isn’t about a one dimensional musical outlook, In fact, it’s just the opposite and the ETCETERABUZZ team found this out for ourselves when we took to the Signal Hill Recreation Grounds this past Sunday. On the hill we were privy to a performance by a soulful pair of sisters who call their stylish outfit, the Xavier Strings.

Kimba Sorzano delivers an energetic performance at Signal Hill

Kimba Sorzano performed on Sunday at Jazz on the Hill

On a pair of violins, the beautiful duo brought the large crowd to thunderous applause with their sensational and pretty inspiring renditions of songs like Bunji Garlin’s Differentology and music from other familiar acts, among them, Adele. The pair even did a folk performance segment – something that induced somewhat of a dancing vibe on the Hill. Other artistes on Sunday night included Kimba Sorzano who delivered his hit singles, Maria and Over You among other songs, creating his very own sound much to the enjoyment of those who’d come out.

Isaac Blackman, vocalists Stephanie Winchester, Dinicia Benjamin, Samuel Duncan and Mariska Melville and even Jazz band, J Major who shared the stage with veteran jazz singer, Patti Rogers kept the audience entertained on what was the second Jazz event in the 2013 list of shows.

The Tobago Jazz experience continues this week with concerts from today with the New Orleans styled, Jazz on the Waterfront set to take place at the Millford Esplanade. Of course, on Friday it’s all about The Asylum Band with Fay-Ann and Bunji Garlin. They’ll be performing at Pigeon Point for the World Music Night- sharing the stage with international crooner, Melanie Fiona as well as Jamaica’s Freddie McGreggor and KI and 3 Veni.

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T&T’s Only Got Love for Jamaica. Just Watch How The Sokah Origins Crowd Reacted to Shenseea!



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What a weekend it was for fans of caribbean hotties, Shenseea and T&T’s Nailah Blackman. Both entertainers performed, alongside a number of other awesome Caribbean acts this past Saturday at Nailah’s Sokah Origins event held in South Trinidad. The young artiste who celebrated her birthday in late November, brought a star studded cast to her event, key among them, Jamaica’s reigning ‘hot gyal’, Shenseea.

The duo who collaborated on a track called, ‘Baddish’ in 2018, gave it a go again, heading into Carnival 2019. They hit the stage at Sokah Origins, delivering, “We Ready” just after performing ‘Baddish’. The revved up crowd was definitely a sight to see as they seemed to just want to reach out and touch the Jamaican entertainer. Phones on record, the crowd sang along to the artiste’s music, giving her the ammunition she needed to perfect her show.

Patrice Roberts and Sekon Sta were guests performers at the Sokah Origin event.

Separately, Nailah Blackman’s been killing the soca circuit across the Caribbean, even touring internationally for the past year, reaching as far as Europe with the Soca on The Seas team earlier this year. Her most recent stop was Australia. Meanwhile, Shenseea maintains strong appeal, consistently delivering some of the hottest dancehall tracks, which come complete with her down to earth personality and appealing sensuality.

The Sokah Origins event, Nailah’s second consecutive birthday event, drew a pretty good crowd of patrons who’d come out to see Blackman perform with her band, aptly named, ‘Sokah The Band’. Other  artists to hit the stage included a very sexy, Patrice Roberts, Nadia Batson, Preedy, Kees, Problem Child out of St. Vincent, Jamaica’s Dovey Magnum, Erphaan Alves, Ricardo Drue, 5 Star Akil, Sekon Sta, Lyrikal among others.


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Buju Banton Asks Fans For Time To Reunite With His Loved Ones.



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Mark Myrie- Buju Banton is now a free man. He arrived in Jamaica last night to much fan fare and since that time, social media has  been abuzz.

Buju stands in the Immigration area at the Norman Manley Int’l Airport, flanked by an employee and fan.

Representing Public Relations team, Destine Media, in a press statement issued, said Buju’s first desire post release was a clean glass of water to flow through his system.

Admittedly, Buju’s journey to freedom has been a long and traumatic one. “Not only traumatizing for Buju himself, but also for his family as well, who was stripped of a father, provider and friend. But with the love and support of family, friends, and fans, he pushed through day by day,” said the media release. “He would rise at 7am and start his day with a prayer, followed by an apple, orange or ripe banana,” it went on to state.

According to the media statement, during his incarceration, Myrie stripped himself of the moniker “Buju Banton” and immersed himself into the reality that he was confronted with, by living in the now and not looking at the past. He also occupied himself with reading, meditation, and led study groups among his fellow inmates.

Destine Media explained that plans are afoot to celebrate Buju’s life and contribution to music with the Long Walk to Freedom Tour, explaining however that dates are still being finalized. It added that the first show will take place in Jamaica in Spring of 2019.

“Buju Banton‘s music makes bad people wanna do good. I really wish that he was out here. We’re missing one of our messengers, ya know? This is me speaking from the heart. We need people like him out here.”


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