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Lyrikal’s Artist Game’s On Point. Say It Ain’t So….Meanwhile, Did you See Nadie?

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Bunji Garlin and his Wife Fay Ann Lyons were attractions at Miami’s Best of the Best on the weekend.

Last weekend was a big one for Soca music. It’s officially touring season for most soca stars. A number of the A List soca artistes have been flying their respective island flags around the Caribbean and parts yonder, since T&T’s Carnival 2018 season came to an end, but for many others, it’s just about to begin. Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin caused a scene in Guyana, turning patrons’ umbrellas into makeshift waving tools before jetting off to Miami for the Best of the Best event, which featured a massive cast of Jamaican heavyweights including Capleton who’s set to appear in Trinidad on June 9th for the Inferno Concert event.

Nadia Batson performed in Atlanta this past weekend.

Alison Hinds is still on her A Game. She performed in Atlanta on the weekend.

This past weekend was also the Memorial Day weekend in the US, making Atlanta Carnival a top shelf experience for many US based soca lovers.

Lyrikal was one to watch in the ATL, no doubt. Ever crisp, ever clean and always representing well for the red, white and black, the ‘Loner’ singer who has proven that consistency is a must in this business, donned a face mask emblazoned with his country’s colors, kickstarting what we believe will be a fad in the coming year, for many Caribbean entertainers.

Nadia Batson also flew out to Atlanta, as did Dev and Barbados’ Alison Hinds. Dev’s signature J’ouvert style has been making major waves overseas, the artistes undoubtedly becoming more settled in his on- stage persona, each time he hits a venue.

Soca artistes are making the Caribbean look damn good- that’s for sure. They’re living up to the vibe of the impenetrable island rhythms and we’re taking ’em in, every step of the way. Meanwhile, with Antigua Carnival in the making, Ricardo Drue’s got new music. Have you heard it? Take a listen below and of course, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

 

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The Bassman – The Mighty Shadow Passes On.

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Another legend has left the earth. The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most unique calypsonians passed away at hospital this morning. He was 77 years old.

Word of his death has since spread like wildfire on social media as many send their condolences to family, friends and members of the cultural fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago.

Shadow was well admired for his unique style of vocal and stage execution. Always donning black, the veteran artist would wow crowds with simple theatrics and a bounce that many will forever know as “The Shadow”.

A former Road March King of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Bailey contributed many carnival anthems during his career. In 1974 he had stolen the Road March race with a song called “Bassman” and in 2001 he did it again with “Stranger”. But beyond that, Shadow’s delivery of songs like “Poverty is Hell” spoke to the psyche of the nation’s people. EBUZZTT has learnt that the calypsonian was due to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies this week. He is said to have died this morning at the Mt. Hope Hospital after suffering a stroke on Saturday.

 

 

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Machel Montano Emerges to Find T&T Drenched Following Weekend Floods.

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Flood waters have devastated many across East and Central, Trinidad. Photo Credit: Rishi Ragoonath. 

One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation.

Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.

“This morning I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages of concern, prayer and well wishing. I was saddened to learn of the devastating floods that hit home in Trinidad and Tobago and my heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The Siparia native who now resides in Los Angeles, explained that Trinidad and Tobago is a nation of great resilience and further saluted those who’ve helped during and in the aftermath of of the flooding. “Thank you for all the prayers and to all those who will continue to support the relief efforts,” he said on Instagram.

 

 

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