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Archived: Machel Fever Sees Massive Crowd Gather in Grenada's Countryside.

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The massive crowd that gathered at Grenada's White in the Moonlight.

The massive crowd that gathered at Grenada’s White in the Moonlight.

It was miles away from Grenada’s city streets but by any means necessary, the island’s party enthusiasts would brave even unexpected downpours to make it to one of the most anticipated events on the Spice Mas calendar- White in the Moonlight. Overnight, ETCETERABUZZ.COM and other media covering the carnival experience on the Spice isle, witnessed first hand, the thorough appreciation felt among Grenadians for not only their own artistes but also Caribbean superstars like Machel Montano. On stage at the event on Sunday morning, a flu struck Montano reminded Grenadians that he had in fact spent a lot of time in the countryside of the island during his youth.

Machel told the crowd he was happy to be able to perform at an event in the countryside of the island.

Machel told the crowd he was happy to be able to perform at an event in the countryside of the island.

It was a like a sea of soca thirsty seagulls. Everyone had been clothed in white and in a venue that seemed to endlessly roll on, the crowd was as thick as could be imagined. They had come out to see Trinidad and Tobago’s reigning Road March and Power Soca Monarch king and his HD band. Montano would however only hit the stage after the likes of some of Grenada’s well known artistes- among them Inspector who came in 2nd in this year’s Power Soca Monarch and female entertainer, Valene Nedd whose amazingly strong vocals have cemented her name in our minds at the E-BUZZ camp. Truth be told, Valene whose single, ‘I Am Not A Saint’ has been receiving the welcome embrace on the island, captured our attention on Friday night when she competed in the Groovy Soca Monarch competition. She had shown a level of showmanship that was definitely on par with the likes of Fay-Ann Lyons and Destra Garcia. At around 6am, Montano was introduced and as is customary, the taipan of soca caused an eruption in the crowd that is sometimes inexplainable. He started off with ‘Pump Yuh Flag’ and proceeded into a number of his hits. Grenada however seemed to hold on tightly to the words of Montano’s 2011 single, ‘Bend Over.’ On the fence, women climbed, much like in Trinidad and Tobago, to get the perfect view while closer to the stage, the braver females stood on higher ground to get Montano’s attention. All the while, the man- known for creating a show with every inch of his body- eyes, tongue and even nipples, gesticulated sexually for the females to comprehend where he was coming from with every note sung.

Carib sponsored a water zone at the event.

Carib sponsored a water zone at the event.

At one corner of the venue Carib had sponsored a wet zone and Machel called on the operators to spray the water in the direction he wanted them to. He commanded those toward the back of the venue who had been standing on a roof, to wave and they did with no hesitation. Later, Patrice Roberts would also create a stir as she delivered her smash hit singles, among them, ‘A Little Wine’ which was lapped up. Wearing a black and white outfit that provided some eye candy for the guys in the audience, the artiste who spoke with us when we arrived on the island on Friday, worked the stage, showing her growth and ability to command the crowd, much like Montano. Farmer Nappy was next and with his groovy catalogue, he had the party lovers singing along with every melody. Noticeably absent from the dancing crew was Pablo, First Klase and Britney Dookie. Instead, Dancing Jade and another female dancer manned the stage, delivering some moves that were hot indeed.

Farmer Nappy brought some sweet groovy soca to White in the Moonlight.

White in the Moonlight would go on for a few hours after Montano’s performance but many had already begun trickling out of the venue when the band neared its on stage closure. It was testament of Montano’s pull and appeal. Later he told ETCETERABUZZ.COM in an exclusive interview that his band’s ability to pull such massive crowds was why he could charge the fees he could to promoters, as hiring Machel Montano and HD guaranteed that thousands would attend.

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‘I Am Legend’ Concert Postponed as COVID-19 Fears Increase.

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The COVID-19 virus, a matter of immeasurable concern, globally, at this time, ‘I Am Legend’ concert franchise owner Glenroy Watson has postponed this year’s highly anticipated reggae showcase in Trinidad and Tobago, to a date to be announced. “The world as we know it has the potential to change in light of this pandemic and this isn’t something to be taken lightly. We’ve been closely monitoring developments on this issue since February and now it’s time to act,” said the businessman.   

‘I Am Legend’ has hosted reggae sensation, Buju Banton over the years. The event reconnected fans in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana with the Jamaican entertainer in 2019, 10 years after his last appearance in T&T when he appeared at ‘I Am Legend’, and just four months after his release from US prison. Reviews following both events last year, were very good. “We cannot afford to simply ignore this issue. People are losing their lives and our event is one that caters to a broad demographic of people, many of whom would be between the ages of 40 and 65. That’s the power of good, reggae music. It has the ability to bring out both the young and the young and heart,” said Watson. He says because of this reality, the risk factors surrounding hosting ‘I Am Legend’ on its usual Easter weekend calendar date, are high and certainly a risk he isn’t willing to take. 

The I Am Legend promotional franchise has maintained its appreciation for positive reggae music, Watson consistently advocating for the promotion of sound musical influences for the benefit of both the youth and the mature entertainment seekers. “Rest assured that when the I Am Legend’ concert date is announced and our lineup of artistes are revealed when all cause for concern is settled, the show will be nothing short of spectacular. For now, the safety and health of everyone out there, is our primary concern,” said Watson.   

For updates on the I Am Legend concert, patrons are reminded that they should follow High Frequency Entertainment on Instagram and Facebook. 

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No Playing. One Voice Keeps Pushing Post Carnival 2020 in T&T.

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Less than a week after Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival had ended, one US based artiste began thinking and working on the prospects for 2021. One Voice, an entertainer with a heart of gold, says no matter the challenges faced in the business, his love for Soca music keeps him focused on the prize and he knows he will conquer what many may see as far-fetched.

One Voice remains committed to Soca.

It’s never been easy to break through in the Soca arena. For years, the prominent names attached to the genre have remained relatively intact, unchanging, despite the introduction of a few new contributors to the spirit of the sound. Many argue that this is the reason the new ‘Zesser’ movement has enthralled the youths in downtrodden communities in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s been said that many of the artistes who make up that movement were once knocking on the doors of the Soca industry, to no avail. Now, they’ve created an emulated dancehall sound that is breaking barriers, even in Jamaica.

One Voice says despite many years of knocking and little major penetration on the mainstream circuit, he remains committed to the Caribbean Soca vibe. “There’s nothing like Soca music and there’s nothing else I’d want to be a part of. I believe Soca music is growing every year, and reaching people in parts around the globe, more than it ever has. That’s something to celebrate,” he said, adding that he has no issue with the fusion of Soca with other genres, saying blending the sounds could only make it better. “There’s something to be said about sharing our gifts with the world. Soca music is our gift to be shared. I see what I contribute as a part of me that I’d like people from everywhere to enjoy. I don’t do any of this to compete with anyone. I basically see my efforts as a contributing factor towards the growth of the genre,” he said.

This past Carnival, One Voice who is based in Brooklyn New York, delivered two Soca tracks- ‘True Feter’ and ‘Trust’. He traveled to the country in early January, promoting his music across the urban airwaves and via other traditional media, and while his efforts may not have effectively positioned him at the top of the pack this season, he remains focused and patient. “When it’s my time to shine, I know I will. I’m dedicated to my craft and I will continue to push hard the only way I know how- by delivering good music consistently,” he said.

For more on OneVoice, and what he brings to the table, check out his Instagram profile @onevizzy.

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