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Monk Music Unleashes Soca Universe With Hits from Hey Choppi, Nessa Preppy, Garlin and More.

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The global pandemic has caused carnival season cancellations for almost a year and a half.  From the famed Rio de Janeiro Carnival to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and beyond, the Caribbean Diaspora used to massive, multi-day, non-stop fêtes, have had their celebrations grind to a halt! 

Despite the lack of parties, Soca artistes have kept the music coming! Even without a physical presence, the message of Carnival is still clear – the show must go on! And with that said, the annual Billboard charting Soca Universe compilation keeps the spirit alive and provides the soundtrack for a return to the streets!   

“The intention of the energy of Soca music is to really uplift people, really make them smile, keep them happy, make them celebrate even in the toughest times,” said Soca legend, Machel Montano in a statement made previously, to NPR news agency.

Released by Montano’s record label and distribution company, Monk Music, the 2021 installment of Soca Universe features 30 of the best songs of the year. Soca royalty and rising stars have delivered a must-have listing of tracks that display the vocal range, witty lyrics, unparalleled energy, and frenzied grooves characteristic of the genre.

Machel Montano, Kes, Bunji Garlin, Destra, Voice, and DJ Private Ryan, alongside up and comers Hey Choppi, Nessa Preppy, Sekon Sta, and many more, round-up the hit-filled compilation.  Carnival isn’t just about dancing in the streets; it’s in your heart and soul, so keep the fete going by streaming and downloading Soca Universe 2021 out August 13, 2021.

PRESS RELEASE: Destine Media.

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Grenada Shines! Soca Shines Too as Mr. Killa Gets a Space on Mainstream TV!

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Grenada for the win! One of the island’s most notable artistes, Mr. Killa has brought the energy of Soca to the big screen, internationally.

The ’Rolly Polly’ singer broadened his market reach earlier this month after his voice was used by the executive producer for the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, Glenda Cox. Ebuzztt understands that the production team reached out to Mr. Killa, citing his unique sound and versatility. The artist who co-owns a company called, Rebel1 Entertainment, essentially went on to create the show’s theme song, ”Housewives in the Island Babay.”

The opportunity is a significant one for Caribbean culture as Mr. Killa, who’s real name is Hollice Mapp, along with his team, have stepped into a space that hasn’t been easy to gain footing in, by most Caribbean music genres, especially Soca.

Here’s a look at the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip!

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New Soca Parang Speaks Love, But Artist Questions Present State of T&T with Covid Cases Rising.

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Three days after Trinidad and Tobago’s government suspended the State of Emergency that had been imposed on citizens, restricting movement between 10pm and 5am, entertainer, Adrian Hackshaw, who’s best known as Bass, says, ”it seems like we’re back to square one.”

A new Soca parang track released for the Christmas season, the well known radio personality and artist said he had hoped that the lifting of the SOE would see a return to small scale events and some sort of active nightlight with the use of government’s mandated ’safe zones’ – spaces where only the vaccinated would be allowed access. Today however he is unsure, and laments the present predicament the country finds itself in, with an increased number of people being hospitalized for Covid-19.

On November 18th, seventeen COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Trinidad and Tobago by the Ministry of Health, taking the total death toll thus far to 1,908. There were 537 new Covid-19 cases accounted for by health officials on Thursday and 480 persons hospitalized. The country’s government last week said they would not be going back on efforts to move forward and urged persons to take advantage of readily available vaccines.

With these increased cases it feels like we’re back to square one even though the rest of the world seems to be moving forward,” said Bass. He pointed to the lyrics of his new Soca Parang release, “Christmas Is Love,” saying, ”I pray and continue to hope for the best. I pray that we all do what’s best for each other and I urge everyone to share love with each other this Christmas and beyond.”

Bass has always been an avid contributor to both the carnival and Christmas landscape in Trinidad and Tobago. He is just one of many artistes who remain hopeful that some semblance of normalcy will return to T&T so that their livelihoods can be returned along with it.

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