Connect with us

Ebuzz News

No Time For Games. The A Team Band is Taking Over Carnival!

Published

on

Etcetera The Company Leaderboard Ad
Approx. 4 min read

The A Team band is THE carnival band these days. It’s been that way for a few years but ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s highly anticipated 2020 Carnival season, the band that’s got the musical prowess to back any Soca artiste, is darting out the gate, revolutionising the stage show and bringing a sound like no other.

EBUZZTT, in an exclusive sit down with A Team band manager, Zarin Morean learnt that in 2019, the A Team Band took Soca music to Germany- something that Morean says will be a highlight in each members’ career, for many years to come. They were contacted and asked to be a part of the BonFire Festival, delivering soca to the folks in Germany alongside Iwer George and Kes the Band.

Eddie Charles (right) brings years of stage experience to the A Team Band.

A band that rehearses continuously – twice per week, according to Morean, the A Team is indeed a unit that prides itself on preparedness. “We consider ourselves to be, to Soca, what Jamaica’s Ruff Cut band is to dancehall. While other bands have seasonal rehearsals, we rehearse every week, twice a week,” explained Zarin. He admitted it’s a herculean task to learn the music of every soca artiste who hits the stage with the band, at events throughout the carnival season. “It means not just knowing the music, but understanding each artiste’s repertoire and stage show.”

With names like Patrice Roberts, Swappi, Benjai, Erphaan Alves, Farmer Nappy, Preedy, Shal Marshall and so many others on their roster, the season ahead is guaranteed to be a hectic one for every band member. Zarin says his team is prepared though, ready for the action that always unfolds in the Greatest Show on Earth.

Already booked for several fetes, including Presentation College’s All Inclusive, Randy Glasgow’s Soka With Her, SOS in Tobago and not to mention Patrice Roberts’ Strength of A Woman, Zarin told us that he is confident in the ability of his unit. “I give tremendous credit to our sound engineer, Brenon Vergil, our musical director Miguel Charles, and each of the musicians. We foster camaraderie within the A Team so while some people may think rehearsals are always just that- playing music, sometimes it isn’t,” he explained. A firm believer in the concept of building personal relationships, Zarin told us that he’s always seen the need to allow the band members to truly get to know each other’s likes and dislikes and simply put, each person’s way. “The music is the easy part, because everybody knows the music. Understanding each other is the hard part,” he said, revealing that at their camp, sometimes a rehearsal amounts simply to a ‘cook’ and time spent together, chatting and bonding.

Ms. Kerlz and D Soca Trainer

Frontline vocalists Ms. Kerlz, Eddie Charles and D Soca Trainer are ready for the upcoming season. Already, Ms. Kerlz has unleashed a new single called ‘Independent Girl.’ Her band mate, D Soca Trainer also released a track on the Fetish riddim- something called, ‘Situational’. Eddie, Zarin told us, will be releasing two soca tracks for C2K20. For now, the band is busy delivering their vibe at Christmas functions across Trinidad and Tobago, having been booked by TSTT, Central Bank, Customs and even the Tobago House of Assembly. “I think it’s safe to say that the A Team band is the best sounding band in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Morean. He isn’t the first person to make such a pronouncement about this band and we doubt he’ll be the last.

In 2020, the A Team Band will be on the road with Chocolate City J’ouvert and Showtime Mas on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. They are excited to kick off the season of revelry – a season that will undoubtedly mean non stop work. “We all love what we do and that makes it that much sweeter,” said Morean. His one wish as the Christmas season looms, is that corporate Trinidad and Tobago sees the value in extending support to musicians and cultural representatives. “We have young musicians from Laventille and Morvant in the band and I feel that’s a good message for youths of those communities to receive. If corporate T&T would make use of these young, ambitious faces as endorsees for their brands, maybe the message being sold to the youths of T&T, could be better for not just them, but our country.”

Etcetera The Company Leaderboard Ad

Ebuzz News

Trinidad Killa Says, “I Stand On Principle.” Proceeds With Political Stance.

Published

on

Etcetera The Company Leaderboard Ad
Approx. 2 min read

There comes a time when a man must stand up for what he believes is right. So says Kern Joseph, the man best known by his entertainment sobriquet, Trinidad Killa. In the past few days, he has patiently been awaiting a response to his request for understanding and compassion from the hierarchy within the People’s National Movement. “No one has reached out to me, despite my best efforts to prove that what they have done to me, is illegal and ethically wrong,” said the artist. 

Last week Thursday, Trinidad Killa revealed that his intellectual and creative rights had been infringed upon by the PNM party and its representative in the Point Fortin area. He held in his possession, videos that he said proved that his music was being blared atop campaign trucks by PNM party campaigners ahead of next week’s general election in the country. He lamented that he had been verbally abused by a senior member of the party, having attempted to cordially discuss the potential for an amicable solution to the matter of his demo being played without his consent. In earnest, the ‘Dy Zess’ singer explained that he had prepared demos for both major political parties and had been in the process of arranging to professionally execute business arrangements when it was revealed to him that his song was being used without his consent. “I can’t just sit back and allow this to happen without standing up for myself and for all the other people like me who are taken advantage of by people who think that their status gives them the right to push others aside,” he said, adding, “that is my music ; that is my intellectual property and I have a right to at least be given that acknowledgement. Up to this time, no one from the People’s National Movement has apologized to me for using my work without my consent. Even if they didn’t want to purchase the music for their campaign, they should have never used the music on the trucks,” he said. 

Now, the artiste says he will continue with his legal challenge, maintaining that any leadership that can easily set aside and ignore such strong pleas for justice in a situation as simple as this one, is unworthy of his vote. “I created another song. This one is not the one that I initially sent to the opposing party for purchase consideration, but because I have been demonized and made to sound like I am nothing, by members of the ruling party, I felt the need to stand my ground. No man should ever be embarrassed the way that I have been, for what is mine. I have the perfect response,” he said. 

The artiste released a new single available on YouTube and on all social media platforms. He says he has not been paid by any political party but stands on principle now, and always will. 

PRESS RELEASE: Etcetera The Company

Etcetera The Company Leaderboard Ad
Continue Reading

Caribbean Buzz

Shurwayne’s Teamed Up with The Best of the Best out of Jamaica. There’s No Stopping Him Now.

Published

on

Etcetera The Company Leaderboard Ad
Approx. 3 min read

From the likes of Beres Hammond, to Queen Ifrika, Buju Banton, Richie Spice, Capleton and countless others, a pioneer in reggae and lover’s rock engineering, has joined his versatility and unique flair with a sound out of Trinidad and Tobago. Together, and complimented by a youthful musical dynamic that’s been described as the next best thing out of Jamaica, a couple of powerful musical masters are set to unleash pure magic in music, later this month. 

“Making this connection has been a blessing. I have to especially thank Jamesy P out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for making the initial introductions,” said well-known Trinidad and Tobago artist, Shurwayne Winchester. Known for his major accomplishments in the Soca music industry over the years, Shurwayne’s now mixing things up a little, delving into Lover’s Rock and he’s definitely made the right link to make it happen. Rohan Dwyer is responsible for mixing “Memories” by John Legend and Buju Banton on Buju’s 2020 album, Upside Down 2020- an album that’s been absorbed and commended by Billboard and Rollingstone. “Just the opportunity to work with Rohan on this project, has opened my appetite for fresh sounds and styles. I’ve immersed myself in the music because I believe that’s the only way to truly replicate the sound perfectly, and so far, the pre-release reviews have been great,” said Shurwayne. 

The single, ‘True Love,’ which features support vocals by Jamaican boy band, 8, is melodic as it is lyrically pronounced. 

“We’re at a crossroads in time presently. For years many have sat back and questioned the direction that the music of today, had been heading. Now, in this present time with all that’s happening in the world, so many people dying of the Covid-19 virus, and of course, intense race relations in the US and other parts of the world, music must be the healing source. We have to use the music to deliver the right messages to the people,” said the former Road March, Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch champion of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Jamaican boy band- 8.

Shurwayne hailed the talent of the boy band, saying it’s been a true pleasure to work alongside the young musicians who make up 8. “These young musicians who also double up as vocalists, are really talented,” said Shurwayne. Adrian Bacchus, George Campbell Jhada Dwyer, Moses Estick, Matthew Gillespie, Jordon McLeary and Dimetri Wynter bring the Jamaican reggae melody that can’t be missed, to the new single that’s set for release on August 21st

“What we want people to do is fall in love with music again. My aim has always been to bring quality to my audience all over the world. We strive to bring music that has staying power, music that will stand the test of time. Rohan has been a producer for Beres Hammond as well as so many other artistes over the years and these artistes’ music has stayed with us,” said Shurwayne. The new single is now available for pre-order. Music lovers are encouraged to be first in line to receive the track by visiting, https://smarturl.it/ShurwayneTrueLove

PRESS RELEASE: Etcetera The Company.

Etcetera The Company Leaderboard Ad
Continue Reading

Trending

error: This content is protected. if you wish to use this content in anyway please contact us!!