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

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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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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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Mr. Killa Does Damage At ISM 2019 Semi Finals.

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Who is this Mr. Killa and why the hell is he mashing up Trinidad and Tobago? The King of ‘Mash Up’ hails from Grenada and like a whirlwind he’s invaded Trinidad in the heat of the Carnival season… and guess what? Nobody’s complaining! Go brave Killa, go brave!

The entertainer, born, Hollice Mapp, hails from Guave. He’s no newbie. In fact, Mr. Killa’s been Grenada’s culture ambassador for quite some time. He’s an incredible entertainer. In Ibiza a couple years ago, Mr. Killa’s on stage antics led to an insane viral energy that immediately propelled him further. In the wake of that, his social media activity thrust him even higher toward stardom in the Caribbean, amplifying his worth as an all round entertainer. From dancing to performance and vocal ability, Mapp has all that it takes to stand among the best in the music industry.

On Sunday night in Arima, East Trinidad, Mr. Killa made his presence felt, like only he could, at the semi finals of the International Socia Monarch competition- so much so that the online competition punters have already crowned him King, ahead of Fantastic Friday. The artiste’s tune, ‘Run Wid It’ has influenced pure wild abandon at fetes, in recent days. People have reportedly been picking other people, tables, chairs and other items of solid weight. There’s no doubt that Mr. Killa’s influence is real and powerful.

Take a look at his performance from the Semi Finals of the ISM competition, on Sunday night. Let us know if you think Mr. Killa’s the man to beat on finals night in Port-of-Spain.

Hollice Mapp aka Mr. Killa Run With It- ISM 2019 semi finals! That performance was pure πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡© πŸ‡¬πŸ‡© πŸ‡¬πŸ‡©Just so killa run up in the finals!

Posted by Doc Edd Francis on Sunday, February 10, 2019

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