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New Album, Birthday Bash, Haters on Mental Pause. M1’s Got This Covered.

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High, positive energy to deliver the very best he can in the year ahead. That’s what’s on the agenda for the artiste formerly known as Menace. Now under the alias, M1, the entertainer who has given the world songs like, ‘Tizick’,’Naughty’ and ‘Action’, celebrates another year of life today and as one of the most easy going entertainers who also happens to be very consistent in the Soca game, we wanted to have a quick chat with the Sangre Grande native about his ups and downs in the biz. You’ll never guess what he revealed.

M1 is working on a brand new album. He says he plans on releasing it mid-2018. As it stands, the name of the album will be ‘New Chapter, New Character’, but he admits that he’s still playing around with the title. “There’ll be some new songs on it as well as songs that people would be familiar with,” he explained, adding that one of the first songs he believes will capture the attention of the masses heading into C2K18 in Trinidad and Tobago, is a track produced by Chain Links production, called,”Wining Ruler.” M1 told us the production unit has been at his side for a long time, having produced some of his major tracks over the years. “I do a release from them, every year, so this is my first release with them and that’s my main contribution, from my team.”

The journey to this point in his music career has not been easy, he admits. He says there’ve been challenges, but to him, one of the biggest battles is ensuring that he’s consistent. “The main challenge is to keep consistent – keep coming with the material and holding my head high really, because some people could really bring you down in the industry. There are those who support you, but then there are those who really don’t want to see you make it,” he said. M1 added that the people refers to come from both within his personal life and outside, in the music industry. Amid it all though, M1 says his focus remains positively set on his music, ensuring that his styles are current and enjoyable.

“I really love this. Most of the time when I get that doubting vibes, I tend to push myself a little more.” –  M1 

 

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Caribbean Artistes to Hit Major Stage in LA For BET International Awards, This Week.

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Nailah Blackman’s ben nominated for Viewer’s Choice Best International Act.

Trinidad and Tobago artiste, Nailah Blackman continues to rally the support of the Caribbean- on the weekend, performing in Bermuda and urging fans to head to the BET website to vote for her to win the category of Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act at this year’s awards. Voting closes tomorrow- June 19th. Thing is though, whether Nailah wins for Soca or not, Trinidad and Tobago will the year be well represented when Bunji Garlin and his wife and musical partner, Fay Ann Lyons take the stage at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

News of the Soca power couple’s inclusion at the awards came on Friday. Jamaica’s Konshens and Shenseea will also perform. Ironically, Shenseea and Konshens dropped new music with Rvssian on June 15th- a track called, “Hard Drive” that the Jamaican dancehall princess has been pushing hard, since. Likewise, T&T’s Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons released two separate tracks back to back between Sunday and Monday. Bunji’s track “Bruk Down” was produced by Fryktion, as was Fay Ann’s “Lift”. Both tunes have been released for St. Vincent’s upcoming carnival.

The Caribbean entertainers will perform in LA on Friday. The actual awards ceremony takes place on June 26th.

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Barbados Food And Rum Festival Launches. Wondering If Rihanna’ll Be There?

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Rihanna’s like a walking billboard for Barbados, so it’s obvious that many expect the international R&B superstar to be a part of major happenings on the island of Barbados. She’s been to the last few CropOver festivals and will likely be there this year so you just never know ; she just may pop in  at the Barbados Food and Rum festival in October , but we’ll certainly have to wait and see.

On Friday, steel-pan country, Trinidad and Tobago played host to the Barbados Tourism Inc, as they launched the upcoming Barbados Food and Rum festival, which takes place from October 18th-21st. It’ll be the 9th edition of the festival, something that Barbados has certainly prided itself on delivering to the world. The festival kicks off on Thursday, October 18th with  the Oistins Bay Gardens Cook Off, followed by The Signature Rum Event with food and rum pairings on Friday , the Saturday afternoon Polo Rum Spirits, and canapés, the fine dining events on Saturday night, which pair international chefs with local top chefs and on Sunday the festival climaxes with a Beach Party at the Hilton Resort, along with a final fine dinning dinner at a signature local restaurant. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it!?

Amazing desserts added to the event’s taste appeal on Friday night.

A taste of the flavors of Barbados, was offered to those who attended Friday’s launch in Trinidad.

On Friday night in Trinidad at Estate 101 in Maraval, the Barbados Tourism Inc invited the media to taste and experience a little of their upcoming festival. They incorporated music to the flavorful evening out, delivering popular Caribbean genres such as reggae and soca, to entice those who’d attended. There was even a grand prize giveaway for a weekend getaway for two to Barbados, along with other wonderful gestures of thanks to the media for their coverage of the event. Barbados has continued to show the world that it is serious about tourism. Marketing efforts are certainly second to none. The 9th edition of the Food and Rum festival will unlikely be yet another splendid event hosted by this beautiful island that boasts an annual visitor arrival of some 1 million and is revered as the 9th island with the most visitor arrivals, in the region.

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