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

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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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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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Nailah’s Sick! Here’s Why.

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Not in the literal sense.

Nailah Blackman

Ok… ok… let’s clear this up. The soca hottie’s in need of no pill or treatment. Nailah’s perfectly healthy but she’s got a sick ambition that’s almost guaranteed to take her on a whirlwind career adventure. Truth be told, female artistes in the Caribbean’s less structured music industry, often find themselves falling victim to the rigors of their reality. It’s really not as glamorous as they make it look on social media. Nailah Blackman’s however in the running to becoming one of the caribbean’s biggest superstars if she continues to play her cards right.

Here’s why we say that!

  1. Nailah’s got grit. Unlike every other female soca artiste in the business, Nailah’s stuck to her goal of delivering music the people will enjoy year round. She isn’t getting caught up in the politics of the music business, and since she kicked off her career just about two years ago, she’s remained consistent.
  2. She understands the power of Social Media. In a world where social media platforms are ruining lives, perpetuating violence and encouraging gossip and vanity, Nailah’s using it all to her advantage. She’s got her fan accounts, her hashtag game on lock and she’s filling in all the Caribbean entertainment gaps with posts on all the trending platforms, which essentially keeps the buzz on her, constantly.
  3. She’s focused on upping her game. Now, the harsh truth of the entertainment industry is that from the moment you stop trying to be the best, you fall all the way to the back of the class. In the Caribbean especially, the odds are harshly against the rise of female entertainers. For Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, Destra Garcia, Spice, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Nessa Preppy and the lot of gals in the race, consistency and development is imperative. In her short time at the forefront of the music industry, Blackman’s team has secured her placement at the BET Awards, Coachella and other top tiered industry events. She’s been to Jamaica Carnival and several other major Carnival related events worldwide. Truth is, she picked up steam and she has never slowed down.
  4. Nailah’s interested in meaningful collaborations. Maybe she’s a true believer in the Law of Attraction but it seems like this has been working to her advantage. Nailah’s been on a relationship building drive. Her collaborations, in a very short space of time with artistes like Kees, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Sekon Sta and Erphaan Alves, Tarrus Riley and Ding Dong have proven incredibly effective. She’s pretty much been building a catalogue of music that’s unparalleled while at the same time, benefitting from powerful networks. Now, she’s on to creating her debut album, outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
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