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More Power Soca Hits the Airwaves. Road March Race Gets Interesting. BUT Are There Enough?

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Ricardo Drue is pushing hard again in 2018.

Ricardo Drue has unleashed a brand new Power Soca anthem that has the potential to cause some serious anarchy on the streets of Port-of-Spain and wherever else a street parade may be held in the heat of the Greatest Show on Earth. With not a single thought of slowing down, the young father and front line vocalist of the All Starz is once again proving that he’s an extreme force to be reckoned with in the Carnival.

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Drue appeared on RED 96.7FM on Wednesday where he unleashed, “Intensity”- a track written by Nadia Batson and produced by producer extraordinaire, Neil Bernard. He said Bernard sent him back to the drawing board repeatedly, telling him that he had to rough up the track a bit more, each time. He eventually got it. Admitting that his love affair with soca had, for the most part, centred around the Groovy Soca vibe, Drue yesterday told radio personalities, Richard Trumpet, Rachel Price and Tim Tim that he is now a big fan of the Power Soca energy. Questioned on the fact that he is now in direct competition with his daughter’s mother, Patrice Roberts, for the Road March crown, Drue shrugged it off saying that whoever is successful, his daughter, Lily, would ‘eat’.

the Ultimate Rejects have some of the most powerful anthems of the season.

A few Power Soca contenders have emerged. We’re loving the Ultimate Rejects’ “Vex” and “Brimstone”, Destra and Nadia’s “Now,” Patrice Roberts’ “Sweet Fuh Days” and certainly this brand new single from Drue, “Intensity.”

The energy of Carnival, the revelry that the season calls for, can only be truly express and felt with the right music. Many have called for the return of  the hardcore feting vibe and while there has been a re-emergence of Power Soca, the question still remains, are there enough contributions to pool for a genuine monster Road March anthem? You tell us. Comment below this story for a chance to win tickets to Army Fete in the days ahead.

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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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Why You’ll Wanna Catch Busy Signal in Trinidad This Weekend.

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One of dancehall’s leading contemporary artistes is on his way to Trinidad and Tobago for the highly anticipated and much talked about Inferno concert being held on Saturday at the Jean Pierre Complex. Busy Signal’s been creating major waves in the hemisphere and further afield in the past few weeks, having teamed up with Brazil’s MC KevinHo on a track called ‘Loko’, that’s also shared with Brazil’s Tropikal Bass Killers and the prolific, Major Lazer. The Jamaican Singjay recently represented his homeland in Brazil where Brazil’s MTV Awards took place. On June 9th, Busy will take the stage with some of dancehall’s biggest names at the Inferno concert event- a show that organisers insist starts promptly at 10pm.

It’s not Busy Signal’s first time on T&T’s soil, however, in a concert affair that is being touted as a mammoth rejuvenation of true dancehall and reggae vibes in T&T, the energy surrounding Busy Signal’s inclusion on the Inferno cast, is second to none. “We see this as the perfect blend of dancehall and reggae. On one hand you have Capleton- an artist that’s known to defend it when it comes to that hardcore conscious vibe, and of course Sizzla’s never to be outdone in that arena. Then on the other end of the spectrum we’re giving patrons good vibes, conjuring good feelings and nostalgia of days gone by with Barrington Levy- an essential name when it comes to reggae music. This is a man who ran things in the early 90s and has a catalogue of music that many of the up and coming acts could only hope to achieve. When Busy Signal’s added to that dynamic, it could only be magic on show night at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-Spain,” said the organizer. Levy meanwhile, performed in St. Lucia on the weekend- the perfect warm up to what’s going to unfold in Trinidad.

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