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Archived: Machel's Passport Gets The Indian Stamp of Entry

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South Africa, France, and now India. Machel Montano is definitely getting his passport stamped these days. The 2013 Soca Monarch winner is currently in India where he seems to be having quite a time – based on his Instagram updates. Getting a taste of the Indian culture and exploring different cities, MM remains in touch with his fans as he continues to post update on what he’s been up to post T&T carnival 2013. But is this trip business or pleasure or a bit of both?

MM captioned this image, “Real Joy”…

Earlier this year, Mr. HD took a trip to South Africa which later produced an epic collaboration with South African coral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo for the song “Possessed”. A few months later, the artist documented another journey across the miles via Instagram. He had been in Paris, France and the outcome was him signing a licensing/publishing contract with Universal Music France affiliate AZ. Now he’s in India with certain updates noting meetings with movie directors and constant mention of a film being produced by Indieplago films called “Scandalous”.

Machel Montano shows off his Trini flag in India.

Machel Montano shows off his Trini flag in India.

He has met with Clinton Cerejo – a renowned Music Director, as well as Amit Trivedi an Indian film composer, musician, singer and lyricist according to his post and amid all these business meetings, Machel seems to remain committed to showing that he’s a True Trini to de bone!

Our ETCETERABUZZ feelers up, we’ve seen highlights of Montano partaking in some traditional and untraditional Indian cuisine and of course sightseeing across India, posting pics of him at the Taj Mahal among other spots.

No matter the outcome of this trip, what’s certain is Machel’s limitless passion for cultural experiences and his desire to experiment with different genres. He also represents for Trinidad and Tobago wherever he goes, doesn’t he? We stay tuned, much like we’re certain you are as well, to see what big deal he strikes from this latest voyage.

 

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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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