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Archived: Machel, Kees, Mavado Bring Caribbean Heat to OVO Fest.

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Toronto was awaken and shaken up with Caribbean energy on Saturday, as the annual Caribana festival climaxed with revelers hitting the streets all day long, and later, the OVO Festival at Eco Beach presenting a slate of Caribbean music makers that certainly held their own. 

Machel Montano in thrill mode.

Chart topping international rapper, Drake delivered the caribbean flavor at the event that his record label has had running for seven years and counting, presenting caribbean soca lovers with their king, Machel Montano. The soca heavyweight who’s been making headlines in recent days with the launch of Bazodee- a film he stars in, in addition to a recent prime time interview on NYC’s Hot97FM, plus a VIBE magazine interview, is said to have revved up the vibe, something that’s pretty much the norm, later introducing Jamaican artiste, Mavado to the massive crowd who’d come out to experience the festival. 

Angela Hunte performs at Ovo Fest

Also on the cast at OVO were Angela Hunte who’s “Party Done” refrain was a hit as expected, and the 2016 Soca Monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago, Voice. Former Groovy Soca King, Olatunji Yearwood was also there as was Jamaica’s Sean Paul. Sunrise saw and felt the sensational energy of Kees Dieffenthaller, who, in an Instagram post surprised fans with his appearance at the mammoth event. He even hashtagged the word #surprise, making it known that he’d practically kept this one a secret all along. 

Beenie Man is down with Zika


Dancehall hit maker of 26 years, Beenie Man was carded to appear as one of the show’s featured acts, however he was not granted a Canadian Visa and subsequently disclosed that he was down and out with the Zika virus.
In other parts of Toronto, Trinidad and Tobago soca stars made their presence felt. Shurwayne Winchester, KI, Ronnie McIntosh, Jahmoun, Bass, Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin were all in the city, living up to all expectations, delivering fun and caribbean joy to carnival lovers in TDot.    

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Bunji Breaks His Silence as He Delivers New Creative Space with Wife, Fay Ann Lyons.

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In recent months efforts by Ebuzztt to get Bunji Garlin’s input on various matters proved futile because, as he told us then, he wished to remain off radar as he had been working on something major that would eventually be revealed.

In the aftermath of his father’s passing, Garlin used social media to express his appreciation for the words of strength offered by his wife, Fay Ann Lyons. Months later, the pair unveiled plans to effectively carry the creatives in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean, in a trendy, digitised fashion. Earlier today, they introduced something called ‘Chrending’, set to become a dot com… a play on the word Trending, and a word certainly fashioned in the broken English dialect often heard across the West Indies.

At a media launch to unveil their new digital platform, which is aimed at cushioning the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in such a way that would allow creatives to continue to earn, the Alvarez duo explained that the website, when up and running, would facilitate virtual concerts and other performances to the benefit of every stakeholder in the Caribbean’s entertainment industry. Specific details relative to copyright, according to Lyons-Alvarez, were still being ironed out amid talks with the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.

Explaining that often time, artistes who utilise their personal Instagram Live platforms to host virtual events are interrupted for one reason or another, FayAnn said Chrending would eliminate such interruptions. She further explained that the website would allow each individual creative to possibly reach larger audiences than what would normally be their personal platform reach. “The idea is to bring the Caribbean audience together so when one person uses the platform you reach a wider audience and you are not just limited to the followers you have on Instagram,” she said.

The idea comes even as Trinidad and Tobago remains under restriction with entertainment being legally halted by way of the Pubic Health Ordinance, which prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons in any one space. There will be no carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021.

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Terri Lyons Keeps Shining. Wins Again!

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It may be a year of great impediments for many in the entertainment industry, but Terri Lyons continues to win. She’s taken home the credit and accompanying accolade, being awarded with the accolade for Song of the Year by the National Action Cultural Community in Trinidad and Tobago.

On Saturday evening, Lyons – a mother of one, was presented with the award for Best Song of the Year. She impressed Calypso lovers earlier this year and took home the coveted Calypso Monarch title, with the single, “Meghan My Dear.”

The song was written by Maria Bhola. In a social media post on Sunday, Lyons thanked her team of professionals who continue to outfit her. She wrote, “Just Grateful…nothing else but,” in closing.

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