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Machel Montano, Iwer In Epic Clash of the Titans.



The masses are getting all anxious and social media is on fire. It’s been a while since anything like this has gone down. Machel Montano and the Boss, Neil Iwer George are battling for hierarchy. The two have been going at it, pulling all the stops and revealing things we’re not too sure, should be so publicly exposed. Montano’s round two punch has everyone in utter shock and while some may see this as simple ‘piccong’, there is room for disaster.

Iwer George initially sang this track. It has since been followed by the battle tracks.

Machel Montano and Iwer George have, for many years, been viewed publicly as “estranged.” They’ve been seen in photos but the extent of their social camaraderie, has been questioned. Speaking on the Soca Stop on today, Iwer said there are no rules in war and there is no explanation to be given on the matter. Asked whether the musical battle is real, the ‘Water Blessings’ singer said what’s seen on social media should not always be believed. He called on the radio personality to refrain from calling names on air, asking if he had court clothes. “You know how long I trying to defeat this monster. How I will beg you to do a song with you and I trying to defeat you. He lying… he not telling the truth,” said Iwer when asked whether he had approached Machel Montano to do a song with him. He promised he would release a verse on the matter in the week ahead.

Iwer George says Skinny Fabulous is a traitor.

Explaining that he has been in the business of Soca for 31 years, the Boss said he knows the writer behind Machel’s latest musical punch. “I want to send a message to Skinny Fabulous. I want to send him back to St. Vincent on a one way ticket. Skinny is selling guns to the enemy,” said Iwer, almost jokingly. He explained that Skinny’s writing style is known and as such, he immediately knew it was Skinny who had aligned himself with Machel. “They are my bredrens, because he have a tune with Machel, he turn State witness against me. What he write for Machel is what he know about me, so he turn against me,” said George.

Machel Montano

Both artistes are said to have performed at an event last night and will perform at the Oval tonight where they are expected to go head to head on stage.

Machel Montano, meanwhile seems to be enjoying the excitement, posting every minute of the thrills to his social media accounts.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s National Instrument Undeserving of Carifesta Main Stage?



The Carifesta XIV experience being hosted in Trinidad and Tobago this year may have a bit of upheaval, this as Pantrinbago says the national instrument isn’t being treated with the respect it deserves.

Ace pannist Dane Gulston has spoken out on the matter of the steelpan not being included in the main concert event, “Island Beats”, which is carded for August 24th.

The Isand Beats event being hosted at the Queen’s Park Savannah, will be headlined by Machel Montano, Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and Guadeloupe’s Kassav, with other performances by young entertainers like Nailah Blackman and Voice. Gulston argues it’s outrageous that no thought was given to including the host country’s national instrument in the main stage lineup, further stating that the use of steel pan only at the opening and closing of events, is essentially a slap in the face.

Speaking on television on Friday morning, Pantrinbago President, Beverly Ramsey-Moore said while the organization, under her stewardship, has enjoyed a very good relationship with Culture and Arts Minister Nyan Gadsby Dolly, her response to the request from Pantrinbago to be included in the main stage dynamic, was unappreciated. She relayed how Gadsby Dolly seemed to have been taken aback by the request, in essence squealing, “Pan on stage with Machel and Shaggy?!”

Jamaican reggae artistes, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley were treated to the sweet steel pan music by Dane Gulston in May this year.

The Minister is yet to comment on the issue, this as social media is now abuzz with online commentators arguing that Trinidad and Tobago’s renowned national instrument- the only major musical instrument invented in the 20th century, should be loved by its people and shared with the world, at any opportunity given.

In May this year, Jamaican reggae sensation Tarrus Riley was greeted by Gulston to the sound of the steelpan, which he enjoyed tremendously.

Jamaican reggae hit maker @tarrusrileyja is certainly a fan of the steel pan. He’s in #TrinidadandTobago ahead of Saturday’s #Redemption6 concert being held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. He met up with ace pannist, #DaneGulston who showed him a thing or two. The culture of the Caribbean, while sometimes vastly different, is always wholeheartedly embraced by all Caribbean people. What a beautiful thing. #caribbean #entertainment #music #steelpan #trinidadandtobago #tarrusriley #ebuzztt

Posted by Etceterabuzz Trinidad on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reporting by: Melissa Stanisclaus.

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US Based Caribbean Blogger Jay Blessed, Attacks Taboo Topics With ‘In My Head.’



For years, Jay Blessed has stood as a powerful brand on the Caribbean entertainment circuit. Jamie Alleyne at the helm, the Jay Blessed brand based in Brooklyn, New York has delved deep into topics of varying cultural and aesthetic interest.

From Caribbean politics, celebrities, food and beauty, Alleyne has written about it all. Her latest effort, a podcast that encourages an open minded approach to traditionally taboo topics, has everyone’s interest peaked. The weekly ‘In My Head’ podcast is rooted in Jay’s passion to promote physical, interpersonal, financial, sexual health and mental wellness that specifically speaks to an audience of African- American, Caribbean-American and Caribbean listeners. “The Podcast addresses taboo subjects and gives a face and voice to sensitive issues, silently and shamefully fought by many,” explains a media statement issued by the online outfit.

On August 7th, the ‘In My Head’ concept will be offered in a live experience format at Savvy Bistro in Brooklyn, New York. From 6pm, Alleyne will bring her very real, very raw, very relatable weekly podcast to life. “The event will feature a live recording, one-on-one interviews, and audience talkback on various life topics ranging from breaking generational trauma, the psychological relationship with ourselves and others, and even, surviving STDs (Sexually Transmitted Debts),” says Alleyne.

Rooted in Alleyne’s passion to promote physical, interpersonal, financial, sexual health and mental wellness, the first 12 episodes of the ‘In My Head’ podcast are available via Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Play and other streaming platforms.

Check her out on Instagram now.

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