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Machel Removes “Self”, Praises Others As He Unleashes G.O.A.T.

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He promises that this year’s Machel Monday event will be the greatest of all time, much like the music he’s unleashed on his brand new 20 track compilation, aptly entitled, GOAT. Machel Montano has evolved. His journey to this point, has undoubtedly led him along a path of self realization and contemplative analysis of the spiritual realm. This year, as Montano released his 44th album at the age of 45, he made it a point of connecting the dots in an effort to truly globalize the sound of Soca- the genre he said, has fed his kids.

Fellow soca artistes certainly came out to support.

Launching the album at The Residence lounge and bar at One Woodbrook Place on Thursday night, Montano, swamped by fans, the media and friends like Nadia Batson, Farmer Nappy, DLoxx, M1, St. Lucia’s Motto, SuperBlue, Skinny Fabulous of St. Vincent and Chutney soca artist, KI, among others, he explained that collaborations are what’s needed to take Soca music forward at this time. The HD band boss praised the producers and songwriters who’ve worked alongside him, among them, Motto, Skinny Fabulous, Travis World, Jamesy P and Jovan James, for their dedication to the art form and their involvement in all that he has brought forward in recent time.

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The crowd, amped for the new music, cautiously reveled with delight as Machel took the stage explaining that this particular launch performance had not been rehearsed. “I just came from three days in the studio. I just flew in from Barbados so none of this is rehearsed,” he told fans. Despite that, he did not disappoint. G O A T , the 20 track album, which was recorded over the past year, will feature songs like, “Hot Gyal”, “Brace Up”, “Day One”, “ Workie”, “Jammin” “Young Boy” and “De Road” with US RnB singer, Ashanti.

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The album is available on iTunes for just $9.99 and according to Machel, more caribbean people must support the art form and the artistes by purchasing the albums from legitimate online retailers like iTunes in order for Soca music as a genre to be given it’s very own category.

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Machel performs “Release It” at his Album launch.

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Soca Monarch Gets Title Sponsorship. ISM Chair, Fay Ann Lyons Expresses Heartfelt Emotion.

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Her appointment to the helm of the highly revered and sometimes controversial International Soca Monarch’s Caribbean Prestige Foundation has come with its fair share of criticism and Herculean undertaking but for Fay Ann Lyons- Alvarez, it’s all a part of the journey. A short time ago, the former Soca Monarch champ turned boss of the ISM, was presented with a cheque and commitment by the National Lotteries Control Board for title sponsorship of the event.

The NLCB has dedicatedly assisted the Soca Monarch for some 27 years, forking out $35 million over that period, to fund the competition. Explaining that the company is committed to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, NLCB representatives earlier expressed satisfaction in the rejuvenation of the competition.

On Fantastic Friday – March 1st, competitors from across the Caribbean will vie for two titles- those being the Power Soca Monarch and the Groovy Soca Monarch titles. Already, many are predicting that Grenada’s Mr. Killa will walk away victorious, however, anyone who knows the dynamic of Soca Monarch will understand that presentation is key on show night.

Take a look at the ceremony that took place earlier, as recorded live by influencer David Wears :

#NLCB presents cheque and signs as title sponsor for #InternationalSocaMonarch.#itsfantasticfriday#ISM2019

Posted by David Wears on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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