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Archived: 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.

Follow Ebuzztt on Instagram for more videos from last night’s performance.

Machel performs “Release It” at his Album launch.

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Entertainment Website, TMZ Bashed for Insensitivity In Reporting Kobe Bryant’s Death.

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The rush by media outlets to be “first” is proving to be a problem. Even as investigators scrambled to the scene of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine persons in Los Angeles on Sunday, US media outlet, TMZ had been informing the world that basketball star, and father of four, Kobe Bryant had been killed. The rush to be first is now being criticised, with several people in authority lamenting the fact that family members may not have been given the news just one hour after the incident had taken place. TMZ had however broken the story, sending the world into a state of shock.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin

The media outlet was criticised by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who told reporters, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one … perished and you learn about it from TMZ.” He said TMZ had posted the story a little more than one hour after police said they received reports of a downed aircraft.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami also criticised TMZ in a tweet. “I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported … Kobe had passed,” Murakami wrote. “I understand getting the scoop but please allow us time to make personal notifications to their loved ones. It’s very cold to hear of the loss via media. Breaks my heart.”

Kobe Bryant leaves to mourn, his wife Vanessa Bryant and three other daughters.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it was insensitive for TMZ to run with the report before ensuring family members had been notified or do you think it goes with the territory?

Was TMZ Wrong for Running the Story on Kobe's death before confirming the family Had been notified?

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Koffee Thanks Reggae Veterans in Grammy Acceptance Speech. WATCH VIDEO.

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Gratitude is a must. Nineteen year old Mikayla Simpson, the artist many know simply as Koffee, has made history, having won her first Grammy Award at the age of 19. She is the youngest Caribbean entertainer in history, to do so.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on Sunday night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Koffee, the Jamaican reggae artist behind a number of positive hit singles, such as ‘Rapture’, ‘Toast’, ‘ Legend’ and ‘Raggamuffin’, was awarded the Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category.

The category included the following nominees:

  • Julian Marley – As I Am
  • Sly & Robbie- The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics 
  • Steel Pulse- Mass Manipulation
  • Third World -More Work to be Done.

In a social media post following the win, Koffee wrote: “Congratulations to my fellow nominees and to everyone who contributed to this, my first [Grammy Award] for my EP, Rapture!!! Thank You!!!!”

Caribbean entertainers and supporters of Caribbean culture from around the world have congratulated the young entertainer, many saying that the artist has made the Caribbean proud.

Take a look at Kofee’s acceptance speech, made on Sunday night.

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