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Archived: KMC Says Forward Ever- Backward Never

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He’s been doing what he feels he has to, all in a bid to progressively take his sound to another level. He’s accomplished some of his goals and isn’t stopping. On Tuesday, Ken Marlon Charles’ ‘Forever’ was added to the BBC1Xtra’s playlist in London- something not many Caribbean entertainers have experienced. Ken, since his outburst a couple years ago, indicating that he would be moving out of the Soca arena and embracing the UK music scene, has faced harsh criticism locally.

ETCETERABUZZ continues to keep our eyes and ears peeled to KMC’s progress however. In a recent Facebook post, the artiste highlighted that he would not be returning to soca as requested by many people at home. His clarification underscored the his feeling of disenchantment he felt during his 15 years of doing Soca music. He said he felt unappreciated and disrespected then, and now he has created a better life at peace for himself. Check out his April 20th message.

[box color=”gray” icon=”information”]“I really dont understand trini people all the time for 15years i give them soca although they wasn’t giving me my respect for my contribution, they fight me fight me they didnt want me to eat no food and u can still see it by their non support of my international venture , they call up my name all over like if i thief or kill somebody when all i do is give my people music and i work very hard but in vain , i moved from that enviroment to create a better life at peace for myself and now am actually feeling like am going somewhere all of a sudden they keep telling me bout doing soca ,are these people really serious? come on forward ever backward never”~ KEN MARLON CHARLES[/box]

 

 

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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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