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Lyrikal Responds, Sets Things Straight as His Name Is Implicated in Online Scandal.

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There’s so much happening in Caribbean entertainment these days. Nailah Blackman’s launched her new band, SOAKAH, Konshens tied the knot, Bunji Garlin’s been teasing us about some vintage Garlin and Rihanna’s in Barbados bubbling to Sizzla Kalonji’s music. We can’t forget though that Trinidad and Tobago’s Shradah, a relatively young and less known female soca artiste, has been making some pretty strong and long- winded accusations, much of which surround an alleged sexual situation of which she was an alleged victim. Her Facebook LIVE outbursts have left some bewildered, but there are others who are concerned that her accusations could hurt their image and reputation, especially since, they don’t know what she’s speaking about.

Shradah has been silent on the music scene for a few years. Her sudden emergence is shrouded by sexual assault undertones.

Lyrikal’s name was subliminally called  in one of Shradah’s videos and Lyro’s not happy about it at all. A great season likely ahead, the Brooklyn based carnival mainstay has been churning out the hits. He recently collaborated with Patrice Roberts on a single called, “Criminal Wine” – a Millbeatz Entertainment production. That tune’s been a favorite across the urban airwaves and as Lyro told us, the collaboration came quite unexpectedly with David Millien approaching him with news that he’d created something he thought would be perfect for him and Patsy. “What was crazy was that a few weeks prior, I had met Patrice in the Virgin Islands and  she said to me, ‘aye Lyro we should collaborate on something some time’ and I agreed.  We never planned anything,” he said. Lyrikal’s one of the most down to earth entertainers and with a humble persona that’s very approachable, the New Yorker’s name certainly isn’t one to be called in any kind of media scandal. At least up until now. “I don’t like my name being affiliated with anything like this, ” he said to us, referring to the videos posted by  Shradah, and while he admits that the young mother and artiste did not directly say he assaulted her in any way, her remark that she had reached out to ‘Lyrikal’ for comfort after being allegedly assaulted by a local producer whose name she directly mentions in one of the videos, has Lyrikal stumped. “I know of her- I know her as an artiste. That’s it. We have never had a personal relationship of any kind for her say she would call me!,” said Martin. He said he recalls meeting Shradah once, years ago at Synergy TV, prior to an interview and was introduced to her by producer, Wendell Naipaul. “Wendell said he wanted us to do a song together but that never happened. That was 3 or 4 years ago,” said Lyrikal. We could hear the concern in his voice- the questions as to why Shradah would call his name of all people.

Lyrikal, the artiste who has given fans of soca songs like Loner, Freedom and Dip and Roll, is bothered by recent statements that implicate his name.

Lyrikal told EBUZZTT that if he could speak with Shradah now, he would ask her just that, “why would you say that you called me for comfort and that’s not true? That’s what I would ask her because everyone in my circle, whether artistes or DJs or whatever, know each other and the people who I deal with aren’t familiar with her like that,” said Lyrikal. He said despite everything, he  is concerned about the young woman, lamenting that if she was in fact assaulted, he would hope that the authorities intervene and she gets the help she needs to deal with the situation. “I just did a show in New York with Nicki Minaj’s mother. It was all about empowering women and fighting against domestic violence and the abuse of women. I was actually the only soca artiste on that cast. I have a lot of female fans and I have seven sisters. I could never condone any kind of ill treatment against women,” said the entertainer.

Lyrikal’s looking forward to Carnival 2018 but admits that the numerous recent phone calls and enquiries about this particular situation, has bothered him. “I mean, I have feelings too. This definitely bothered me,” he said.

Martin’s already released four tracks ahead of C2K18 and says he has a couple more to come. Shradah meanwhile, has unleashed yet another social media video. In this one, she attempts to clear the air on what she says are her statements being misconstrued. “I never made sexual assault claims against Anson or Lyrikal,” she expresses.

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DJ’s Being Paid for Play? Comedian and Radio Personality POWERFULLY States Her Claim.

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Rachel Price is never to be toyed with. She’s a tough one when it comes to the business of entertainment in the Caribbean and while her words can be as stinging as her comedic expressions when she hits the stage, the proclaimed Queen of Caribbean comedy is often fearless when she has the proof to back her words. This morning, on the airwaves of urban frequency, RED 96.7FM, Price excitedly pounced on the topic of the Road March contenders and the race to the finish, suggesting that a competing frequency has been pushing its own agenda in playing Machel Montano’s music more than the music of the other competing artistes, and even going as far as to suggest that DJs at many radio stations were enjoying payment for airplay.

Patrice Roberts’ “Sweet For Days” has been a refrain for weeks. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank 

Calling for the people on the ground to be given the opportunity to decide on the Road March, Price said while she had no problem with the music receiving widespread rotation, she was bothered by the unfairness of the present situation. She noted that on the weekend when Montano’s song was released, the radio in her vehicle had been on the competing frequency, where for an extended period of time between driving to complete various errands, she had heard the song unceasingly wheeled and played.

Many are now taking to social media with their views following the weekend explosion of Machel Montano and Superblue’s “Soca Kingdom.” Many are in agreement with Price’s sentiments while others argue that Machel has the recipe for the Road March. It was also suggested this morning that the population had been brainwashed, a term that has been used to describe the Machel madness, for years.

Iwer George’s “Savannah” has suddenly been pushed back it would seem, with Montano’s weekend release. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank 

Iwer George, Patrice Roberts, Ricardo Drue and some say, Shurwayne Winchester all have tunes that are deserving of equal airplay for a chance at the coveted Road March – the song that is most played for masqueraders to cross the various judging points, on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. No airplay or little airplay would obviously equate to less than thunderous reception from the masses at fetes. When that is experienced, DJs then cast  the songs that receive little reaction to the back of the pack. FAIR OR NOT? You tell us.

Montano meanwhile, is preparing for his Machel Monday concert event he has aptly coined, “Soca Kingdom”. That takes place on February 5th with tickets being sold for $300, $600 and $1200 for General, VIP and Platinum All Inclusive, respectively. He performs at Army Fete on February 2nd at the Queen’s Park Savannah where as we understand it, every Road March contender will have the chance to show the crowd the strength of their contender prior to the Road March race.


 Ricardo Drue’s Intensity is certainly a Road March contender but airplay has been minimal. 

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Big Bean Riddim Highlights ‘Jai, Saucy, A Chutney King, Comedian FRESSHH and Others.

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The Soca music catalogue’s splitting at the seams. There’ve been a number of powerful music releases for the upcoming Carnival 2018 season in Trinidad and Tobago and a new ‘riddim,’ which features the likes of Soca veterans Benjai, Tallpree and Ricki Jai, is now being unleashed for the world to enjoy.

With a no holds barred approach to the business of Soca and carnival, the Big Bean riddim is delivered at a time considered by many, as the peak period of the festive season. The mastermind behind the Project is Ziah who is a writer, artist, producer and social activist. He and his team are of the firm belief that Soca is no longer seasonal and does not solely belong to Trinidad and Tobago. He is adamant that the genre can be enjoyed year round and marketed at multiple destinations, even outside of the Caribbean.

Riding the riddim with ease is Benjai whose single, “Nah Fraid Dem” may very well be his testimony to all that he’s come up against in his life.  Benjai has been relatively quiet in recent time, but it is anticipated that this song will penetrate the soca circuit, leading to his arousal in the days ahead.

Denise Belfon teams up with Grenada’s Tallpree.

The riddim was produced collaboratively by New York based producer, Ziah and Big As Life Productions. Trinidad and Tobago’s Denise Belfon and Tallpree, who is Grenada’s cultural ambassador, teamed up on the track, “Wine Pon It”, while multiple time Chutney Soca Monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago, Rikki Jai has unleashed, “Drink De Most Rum.” The riddim is rounded up by a young artiste by the name of Julius who comes hard with a track called, “Good Oh” and it’s further strengthened by a single called, “Down Dey” sung by comedic Instagram sensation, Fresshh.

US based comedian, FRESSSH is also on the riddim.

Not particularly categorized as a Groovy Soca riddim, the music offered has the potential to engage fans from around the world. Team member, Amor Ben believes the riddim offers multicultural appeal, and with a mindset that remains committed to showing that the Caribbean offers a smorgasbord of cultural diversity, the team of musical minds, is focused on getting the music out there.

Songwriters from across the hemisphere are said to have converged to deliver these amazing singles. “We have songwriters and producers from the US, Grenada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia,” said Ben, noting that it took about a month to get it all accomplished. “This riddim is simply a taste of just what Soca music has evolved to become. It demonstrates the fact that the genre is no longer owned by one island but rather, shared among the islands of the Caribbean and because of globalization, we can even say, the United States, Europe and beyond.”

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