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Phia’s Reign Has Only Just Begun. T&T Artiste Has Big Moment.

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There are very few people who have the guts to take a chance on themselves. Phia Smith – a Trinidad and Tobago artiste has done just that. She hosted her very own concert at Queen’s Hall recently, and her music, though unconventional in the Caribbean sense, was well received and enjoyed by everyone who attended. 

“That night was the best night of my life. It was out of this world,” she gushed, explaining that headlining her own show, was a dream come true. “At first I was nervous, although I’m used to being on stage in front of people, from my dance background – but to be singing my own songs on stage and being the headliner, it kind of had me anxious,” she admitted. 

Phia gets emotional with her mother.

Phia is a Trinidad and Tobago artiste with big dreams. She is extremely fond of International recording artiste, Chris Brown and her style has undoubtedly, been influenced by his in many ways. “When I got on stage to sing and I saw the amount of people who came out to support, I was shocked and my anxiety left me. I became comfortable. Seeing my family and friends in the crowd was so overwhelming – so exciting for me,” she said. Toward the end of the show, she recalls seeing her mother – the woman she calls her biggest supporter, and became emotional. She ran to her and hugged her- something she says she will remember for the rest of her life. “I want to thank my producer, Randal Alexander, my band members, fellow artistes, Umi Marcarno and Orlando Octave, my dancers and everyone who played a part in ensuring that Purple Reign was a success,” said the young singer. 

This event, certainly not the last of what the world will experience from Phia, was done with the hope that other young artistes would be inspired. Phia has worked diligently behind the scenes alongside Randal Alexander of PengCo Music, honing her craft and pushing determinedly despite the challenges. Her moment in the spotlight on May 29th, marks only the beginning. 

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Island Lime Magazine Set to Take Caribbean Energy to Global Heights.

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Both hard copy and digital, IslandLime Magazine’s on a mission. In the ever-expanding world that we now occupy, efforts continue to share the most authentic Caribbean energy, with everyone outside the Diaspora. It’s not a new idea but the man behind it has all the gumption it takes to make it make sense.

Simon Baptiste believes in the Caribbean potential.

Simon Baptiste says his team’s vision is to create a global platform that allows for the stories of Caribbean creators and creatives, to be shared with people around the world – people who are anxious to discover more about the heartbeat of the region. “Although we recognize the importance of what goes on within our region, there are also hundreds of tales – fiction and non fiction, being crafted by islanders in territories that stretch from North America ti Australia,” he said in a recent Ebuzztt chat. “It’s our job to reveal the players and the art.”

The magazine’s official launch took place on July 4th in Port- of- Spain, Trinidad and featured performances by Key DeVere and John G. In the aftermath of the launch, Simon issued a statement, thanking folks who came out in support. He explained that the rationale behind delivering the project now, lies in understanding that we – the Caribbean people, built nations. “A chain of over 700 islands, encompassing 1,063,000 square miles, has produced incomparable talent- people who have left and continue to leave an indelible mark on art, fashion, music, literature, entertainment, sports, science and technology,” he wrote. Baptiste praised his people, adding, “From Capitol Hill, to working spaces in Nairobi, to the offices of an advertising agency, Down Under, you’ll find someone who has island roots, and spreads the philosophy of what makes the Caribbean and its people so unbelievably spectacular.”

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Buju Banton Celebrates 51st Birthday Following Sold Out Weekend Shows in New York.

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He’s booked to return to New York in November but before that, renowned reggae artiste, Buju Banton will make 13 stops across the US. The Overcome Tour kicks off on August 23rd in Fort Lauderdale. The tour announcement came on the artiste’s birthday, earlier today.

Buju’s weekend double showcase at The UBS Arena has been the talk of the internet- photos and videos showing a sold out arena on both Saturday and Sunday. On stage on Saturday night, Buju – one of Jamaica’s most beloved entertainers, said God had bigger plans for him, despite being written off for a US return, by some. “They said, “you will never come back to the United States of America…” And I said to them, “let’s see what God will do.””

Buju Banton performs at UBS arena on July 13th


Online, some fans have described Buju’s performance in New York as spiritual, one person saying, “When you were ordained to do this, nobody can take it away.”
Buju returned to the US on May 2nd after six years. Prior to the weekend showcase, he had not performed in the States, in 15 years.

A media release by Destine Media confirmed a crowd of 36,000 filled the Long Island arena on the weekend. Noting the success of both shows, it was announced that Buju will now go on a multi-city tour accompanied by the Shiloh band. “The Overcomer tour will feature Billboard chart-topping special guest artiste, Fridayy,” it explained. “Known for his exceptional musical abilities, Fridayy, a Haitian American singer, songwriter, and record producer, has made waves in the music industry with his “When It Comes To You”, Stand By Me”, “Without You” and his triple Grammy nominated song “God Did” by Dj Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and John Legend.”

In a statement regarding the milestone, Buju’s manager, represented by Joesph Budafuco, expressed great pride in the entertainer’s accomplishments. Budafuco highlighted the significance of Buju returning to tour in the US after a 15-year hiatus, emphasizing the anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming tour.

An artiste known for his conscious expressions, both on stage and off, Buju celebrates his 51st year of life today. He certainly has a lot to celebrate.

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