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Nailah, Shenseea, Alison Replace Rihanna in Barbados CropOver Action.



The energy surrounding Barbados’ annually anticipated Crop Over fun, was no different this year. Despite the absence of the Bajan pop princess, Rihanna on the island, CropOver was filled with smiles, good vibes and even acclaimed female celebs, loved world over and definitely in the Caribbean.

Bajan Soca Queen, Alison Hinds represented as she always does, donning a one piece costume that did her body absolute justice. She was all smiles, soaking in the hot Caribbean sun, parading the route and at one point, taking a wine with fellow soca entertainer, Sekon Sta, atop a music truck, as you would’ve seen above.

Nailah Blackman was picture perfect for CropOver.

Annually, many make their way over to Barbados for Cropover. The fete circuit, many agree, is becoming quite similar to the Trinidad and Tobago carnival fete vibe, with many all inclusive events offering true carnival bliss to fetters on that island.

Rihanna was not at Cropover this year.

Over the past few weeks, a number of Soca stars thrilled soca lovers in Barbados, among them, Shal Marshall, Patrice Roberts and Nailah Blackman. Blackman was even a part of the Kadooment day fun, sharing her sexy physique, all dolled up in her costume provided by Khepri Kulture, with social media fans. The ‘Sokah’ singer who recently appeared as a guest on Canada’s ‘Your Morning Show’, was in her glee to say the least, having been spotted in the company of her Jamaican sister, Shenseea, at one point. The two have become best buds since recording ‘Baddish’ together last year.

Rihanna is likely to pop up on the Copover scene next year. The internationally acclaimed singer, actress and businesswoman has been working on what Rolling Stone reported to be two albums, soon to be released.

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Shal Marshall Among Hot Caribbean Acts to Hit Major HOT97 Summer Stage This Month.



Soca and Reggae music again takes centre stage outside of the Caribbean at the end of this month when New York’s HOT97 hosts its On ‘Da Reggae and Soca Tip.’ The event has seen artistes like Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Gyptian, Kranium, Shaggy, Barrington Levy and many others, over the years and this year Mr. Splinters- Shal Marshall, is billed to perform.

Set to take place at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on August 31st from 7:3pm, this summer’s  HOT 97 Caribbean feature event will also feature T&T’s Nailah Blackman, the young artiste who was nominated in July for a BET Award. Other artistes on the cast include Jamaica’s Ding Dong, Aidonia, Konshens, Elephant Man, Masicka and Kranium.

Both Shal Marshall and Nailah Blackman have been holding their own since the end of Carnival 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago, proving that they are ready and able to make it to major world stages. Marshall is currently making waves with a new single called “Trending,” which sits on the Monkey Steel riddim. Blackman meanwhile, recently released a new video for a remixed single done with Jamaica’s Ding Dong. That single is called, “Birthday Song.”  Check it out on our featured video tab.

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Popcaan Infiltrates Trinidad, Performs to Mammoth Crowd at TAO. AND He Did This!



An hour and 45 minutes. That’s the amount of attention fans of one of the most ‘followed’ Caribbean entertainers received, in Trinidad this past weekend. On Saturday, Jamaica’s Popcaan took over Trinidad. His ‘woiii oiii’ chant could be felt near and far in the lead up to the TAO concert event, which took place West side, at the O2 Park in Chaguaramas.

A mammoth crowd gathered for the event, which marked its 4th year, moving from the Queen’s Park Savannah, to the West side, Chaguaramas. A committee member of the Wasomi Promotions outfit told EBUZZTT the event saw record numbers in attendance this year. It was certainly a good look for the artistes, among them Soca artistes, the Boss Neil Iwer George, Salty, Erphaan Alves, local dancehall crowd pleasers, Lady Lava and Prince Swanny and of course, the acclaimed, Popcaan and Masicka.

Popcaan seemed to be ready to roll prior to showtime. He’d be celebrating his birthday one day later so without a doubt, the St. Thomas, Jamaica native was ready to start it right. The entertainer made his presence felt like none other, walking on stage to the delight of fans donning a black and white shirt and starting things off like only he could. Without delay, the crowd went wild and like clockwork, the screams came. A bit of obscene language uttered by the artiste in the beginning of his set, was seemingly ignored by authorities, unlike incidents featuring other entertainers and so the show went on. Popcaan was in T&T and his fans were mesmerised to say the least.

The artiste now looks toward the launch of his online shop- as he calls it- Be sure to check it out in the days ahead.

Now, check out a snippet of Popcaan’s appearance at TAO.



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