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Machel Signed To Drake’s OVO Sound?

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For 30 years and counting, Machel Montano has been at the heart of the Soca genre. He’s been the trendsetter for a sound and a culture that is only now beginning to receive mainstream attention. In the past few years soca music and by extension, Montano’s birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago has been mentioned and spoken of by many international publications and media houses, and while the 41-year-old soca superstar isn’t solely responsible for it all, his efforts in promoting what he loves most cannot be questioned. The question we’re however pondering is, what’s next for this creative mastermind?

Machel performed alongside Jamaica's Mavado, at OVO Fest in Toronto on July 31st.

Machel performed alongside Jamaica’s Mavado, at OVO Fest in Toronto on July 31st.

The strength of Montano’s team has certainly factored tremendously when it comes to what he’s been able to achieve. He’s got a well oiled machine so what we can most certainly expect, are bigger moves by the man who has already collaborated with some pretty incredible people from around the world. Last week, Machel was featured as one of the headline acts at rapper, Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada. The event coincided with Caribana and was well attended to say the least. Again, the Monk displayed his country’s pulsating energy to thousands. One week later, Montano’s name shows up in a Bazodee NYC launch review, in The New York Times proving that nothing is ever left to chance. The MM team- that well oiled machine, is always hard at work.

Machel Montano escorts his Bazodee co-star, Natalie Perera in NYC. for the premiere of the film in the US.

Machel Montano escorts his Bazodee co-star, Natalie Perera in NYC. for the premiere of the film in the US.

Trinidad and Tobago, an island synonymous with the Carnival culture that is blowing up around the world, has held Machel Montano atop a pedestal for as long as he’s been a soca star. He’s deemed the best there is, and in some people’s minds, the best there ever could be. He’s the golden boy of T&T and despite numerous rumors of ill behavior on his part, the people of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the world, can never seem to get enough of their soca hero. But, can you really give them wrong?

Montano’s carried the flag of Trinidad and Tobago for  over a decade, across oceans, to corners of this earth many others in T&T have only hoped to visit. He has created music that will be anthems for years to come and at this very moment, he’s working on reinventing himself and his sound, much like he’s always done. At 41, Machel Montano is showing no sign of stopping of even slowing down for that matter. He visited the White House and sang Soca there this year too. Add the launch of his acting career and co-producer of Bazodee and you’ve got several reasons why he’s not just T&T’s Golden boy, but one of the Caribbean’s greatest ambassadors.

Billboard subliminally revealed that Machel was signed to Drake's Canadian label.

Billboard subliminally revealed that Machel was signed to Drake’s Canadian label.

On Monday, Billboard Magazine’s digital medium published the headline, “Drake Co-Signed Soca Star Machel Montano Talks Making a Global Impact and Heading to the Big Screen.” Everyone was eager to find out what was really going down. Alas, details were non existent in the story as it relates to the “Co-Signed” term, and efforts to reach Montano by EBUZZTT.COM proved futile. We however searched the World Wide Web and on Wikipedia we spotted Machel Montano’s name toward the end of the list of signed acts. There’s still no confirmation as to exactly what’s going down where such a partnership is concerned. 

The buzz surrounding Machel Montano is deafeningly loud. He continues to work hard, pouring out his energy into a music, a culture, a country, a career that he was born to be a part of and lead. Now, what will he do next? He says a unity project is at the fore of things and Angela Hunte- the Trini born, Brooklyn singer/songwriter is right at his side….

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Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Takes Her First Step, 4 Months After Dad’s Death.

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Kobe Bryant’s 11 month old baby girl, Capri took her first steps this past weekend and the world got a glance. Vanessa Bryant posted a short video of the moment, excitedly telling her baby girl how proud she is of her.

“”I’m so proud of you!” Vanessa exclaims in the video which was shared on Instagram. “I knew you were gonna do it!” she added.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star’s life was cut short in January when a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California led to his death and the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

In addition to Capri, the couple had three older daughters- Natalia, Bianka and Gianna.

LOOK AT CAPRI TAKE HER FIRST STEPS.

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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