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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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The Bassman – The Mighty Shadow Passes On.

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Another legend has left the earth. The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most unique calypsonians passed away at hospital this morning. He was 77 years old.

Word of his death has since spread like wildfire on social media as many send their condolences to family, friends and members of the cultural fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago.

Shadow was well admired for his unique style of vocal and stage execution. Always donning black, the veteran artist would wow crowds with simple theatrics and a bounce that many will forever know as “The Shadow”.

A former Road March King of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Bailey contributed many carnival anthems during his career. In 1974 he had stolen the Road March race with a song called “Bassman” and in 2001 he did it again with “Stranger”. But beyond that, Shadow’s delivery of songs like “Poverty is Hell” spoke to the psyche of the nation’s people. EBUZZTT has learnt that the calypsonian was due to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies this week. He is said to have died this morning at the Mt. Hope Hospital after suffering a stroke on Saturday.

 

 

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Machel Montano Emerges to Find T&T Drenched Following Weekend Floods.

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Flood waters have devastated many across East and Central, Trinidad. Photo Credit: Rishi Ragoonath. 

One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation.

Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.

“This morning I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages of concern, prayer and well wishing. I was saddened to learn of the devastating floods that hit home in Trinidad and Tobago and my heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The Siparia native who now resides in Los Angeles, explained that Trinidad and Tobago is a nation of great resilience and further saluted those who’ve helped during and in the aftermath of of the flooding. “Thank you for all the prayers and to all those who will continue to support the relief efforts,” he said on Instagram.

 

 

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