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New Mas Band Launches Tonight As Fantasy Announces Its Exit From Mas.

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One of Trinidad and Tobago’s signature top tiered Mas bands, Fantasy Carnival has announced its departure from the Mas business. In a media release, the band’s management indicated that its team will now switch its focus to other projects.

Introducing Harem…

Tonight, as one band’s journey ends, another certainly begins. Harem Carnival, a Mas band owned by Ryan D’Arcy and Alberto Vargas, launches at the VAS lounge in Newtown.

Organizers say the band was created out of a concern over Carnival’s general development. A number of renowned designers including Sonia Mack, Seatara & Stef Kalloo, Aaron Schneider & Rainer Ruiz, stand with the new carnival Mas band and as a team, their primary goal is to create meaningful costumes.

Ebuzztt has learnt that the Harem team is receiving guidance from Richard Affong, a veteran masman, and creator of bands such as Barbarossa and Savage – his overall goal being the marriage of modern mas with that of yesteryear.

The theme for the band’s inaugural presentation tonight is Harem Festival: Celebrating the Pleasure of Love and Life. There will be five costume sections and the band will enter the medium band realm of competition. Another plus to the new all inclusive band’s credit is the fact that costumes will all be manufactured locally. Ebuzztt was also told that Harem’s mission is to give back to Trinidad and Tobago via the sale of each costume with part proceeds being contributed to a local NGO in 2020.

Tonight’s band launch starts at 8pm and ends at 3am with tickets being sold for $250.

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Buzz Heightens Ahead of IslandBeats Super Concert. CARIFESTA Heats Up.

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Trinidad and Tobago is all the rave these days, this as the CARIFESTA XIV is being staged across the twin island Republic. People from around the Caribbean and even internationally are in T&T, experiencing the cultural experience, which kicked off on August 16th and ends on August 25th.

A number of free public events are being staged, including Caribbean film screenings and cultural symposiums. The most anticipated event however is the Island Beats Super Concert, which takes place on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah. The mega concert will be headlined by Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and the King of Soca himself, Machel Montano. The iconic Calypso Rose, Guadeloupe’s Kassav and three time International Soca Monarch King, Voice are also in the lineup.

The Island Beats Concert is the only paid event on the Carifesta itinerary but with a cast that’s jam packed with unmatchable talent, many are anticipating this showcase of true Caribbean sweetness. Tickets for the IslandBeats super concert start at $300 with Platinum VIP deck tickets being sold for $1000 at NLCB outlets across the country.

Shaggy has not performed in Trinidad and Tobago in a number of years. His performance is highly anticipated and culture lovers are eagerly awaiting performances by Kassav and Calypso Rose and the other amazing Caribbean cultural ambassadors on the cast. Get your tickets now.

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Rude Boy Orlando Takes On The Bad Boys. Attacks Senseless Rivalry.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s having a hard time arresting an out of control crime situation. Two rival gangs are at the core of many murders on the twin island, a situation that has led to lessened economic investment and consistent travel warnings to international destination seekers. One young, talented artist is speaking up and unlike others, he’s pointing out the perpetrators without fear of persecution.

Orlando Octave hails from Rio Claro, South Trinidad. He’s proven to be a faithful believer in the biblical scripture, having given fans insight into his spiritual journey, over time. The young entertainer has been to Israel, tracing the bible’s teachings and often sharing his experiences with his fans. His latest music release is a far cry from songs like, ‘Single,’ ‘ Berlin’ and ‘ Church Gyal’ – Soca tracks he’s delivered in the past.

Octave’s highlight of the Rasta City and Muslim gangs’ ongoing anarchy and it’s senseless negative effects on Trinidad and Tobago’s population, has placed him in a category that includes celebrated entertainers who’ve used their platform to highlight societal issues- artistes like David Rudder, The Mighty Shadow and Singing Sandra.

Octave started his music career in the Calypso arena. The storytelling genre, for many years proved effective for artistes who mounted stages across Trinidad and Tobago to decry the actions or inaction of empowered governments. Octave’s reggae infused track, ‘UniTTy’ is pretty much aimed at doing the same, delving deep into the core of a societal problem that is quickly destroying a land once prided as paradise on earth.

In recent time Orlando Octave has been a part of a positive clique of artistes, among them Sizzla Kalonji, Marlon Asher and IzaacKing, who’ve been preaching positivity as much as they can, via the music they deliver to the masses.

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