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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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New Groom, Machel Montano Performs at Army Fete Tonight.

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Social Media is abuzz as news continues to spread of soca star, Machel Montano’s marriage to Renee Butcher in Port-of-Spain, today. The two, in what appeared to be a very simple and quaint ceremony at the Red House, were caught by unofficial paparazzi, happily enjoying the moment.

Machel Montano and wife, Renee Butcher.

Machel is the headline act at tonight’s blockbuster carnival fete- Army Fete, a carnival event that is a major staple annually. Montano is known to deliver a high energy, impactful show and we can only assume that the new groom will be on his best tonight when he hits the stage at Army.

Today’s ceremony at the Red House saw Machel and Renee flanked by family members inclusive of Montano’s parents, Elizabeth Montano and Winston Montano. Machel’s brother, pilot, Marcus was also among the guests.

Army Fete takes place at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port- of- Spain from 9pm. On Monday, Machel’s annual Machel Monday concert event, which has been aptly themed, ‘The Wedding’, takes place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Machel has told fans this will be the final instalment of the Machel Monday concept.

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Newspaper Report Misleading. Mr. Killa Will Not Perform at International Soca Monarch In Trinidad.

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Despite reports yesterday that Trinidad and Tobago’s crowned 2019 International Soca Monarch King, Grenada’s Mr. Killa would be performing at the competition next week Friday, there is word today that this is totally untrue.

The artist whose real name is Hollice Mapp, officially withdrew from the competition last week, citing several issues that were left untreated by the organizing committee at ISM. To date, Ebuzztt understands that both parties have met, however sources close to Mr. Killa told us that the artist has no intention of performing at the competition.

On Thursday, the Newsday newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago, reported that the artist would in fact be performing. The Caribbean Prestige Foundation and ISM have since issued the following statement:

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