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Preedy Preaches Positive. Soca IslandBoy Pushes Prayer. Teams Up with Kimi.

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He’s one of the new age Soca high rollers. He’s dished out hit after hit in the past 3 years or so, giving Soca lovers songs like, “Say Yeah,” “Share It” with Bunji Garlin and most recently, “Pick It Up.” In what can only be described as a heartfelt move though, Preedy – real name Akeem Chance, has flipped the script, encouraging his peers to pray amid a countrywide crime scourge in his native, Trinidad and Tobago.

Preedy hails from Maloney, an area dubbed a crime hot spot.

Listed as the second track on his upcoming EP, ‘Maloney Story’, the single ‘Pray’ was done collaboratively with new kid on the block, Shakeem “Kimi” Spencer. The song’s lyrics was penned after someone close to Preedy, was violently killed – an occurrence that is sadly becoming the norm in Trinidad and Tobago and other parts of the Caribbean. Preedy was forced to pray to strengthen himself, much like every other person who’s faced such circumstance. He grew up in Maloney, an area dubbed a crime hot spot in East Trinidad. He has witnessed a lot in his time.

Collaborating with Kimi, an Arima resident, there was certainly a great commonality- they both came from similar environments. Kimi says the single placed him in a position to reflect on his life. Thankfully the pair each experienced an upbringing that encouraged spirituality in their respective lives, something that taught them the power of prayer to overcome tragedy and challenges.

The new single was produced by a young man who hails from Enterprise, Chaguanas- another area dubbed a crime hot spot by police. Like Preedy and Kimi, producer ReQwestMuzic of BMS records, hopes that through song they can inspire people to recognize the need for communion with the Almighty.

Of late, there has been a heartfelt effort by some entertainers and radio personalities to change the landscape of the entertainment industry in T&T, in their individual capacities. Whether their simple outcries will be heard and their efforts applauded and given due respect on the urban airwaves in particular, is yet to be seen.

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Skinny Fabulous Unifying the Caribbean. Artist Could Steal Another Road March.

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Gamal Doyle is heating up Soca stages once again in Trinidad and Tobago. Y’all know Gamal right? Yes! Skinny Fabulous! He’s back with pure fire ahead of Carnival 2020 in Trinidad and Tobago, delivering not just a couple hits, but several, among them, another big collaboration, this time with Machel Montano and Neil ‘Iwer’ George.

Skinny has been globe trotting over the past year. His Road March success with “Famalay,” which saw him collaborate with Machel and Bunji Garlin, afforded trips around the world in 2019. “There are no words to express how I feel following the success of the last year. All I can say is that there is strength in unity,” he said. Skinny’s a firm believer in the concept of one Caribbean people. As he moves to invade another Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, Skinny says he’s eager to give fetters exactly what they want.

“As an artist, what many see as seasonal, I view as a year-round opportunity. I am always eager to get into the thick of the action in Trinidad and Tobago, because this is where it all starts, every year,” said Skinny in a chat with Ebuzztt. This season, his releases include “Up and Up,’ ‘Naked’, ‘Soca Trend’, ‘Bacchanal Army’ and ‘Hold On’ with Team Foxx. Of course, his latest release with Machel and Iwer George is likely to be the ultimate crowd pleaser in 2020. “When we hit the stage, it will be nothing short of mass hysteria,” assured Skinny, and that it has.

A firm believer in unifying the Caribbean through culture and music, Doyle says there is unshakeable strength and power in unifying the sound, the artistes and the talent. He also feels Soca music has the potential to unify people globally, no matter social or cultural background. “We have a unique sound in this thing called Soca music. The vibration of our sound exudes pure bliss and that’s something anyone, no matter their cultural background, will feel and acknowledge. We’re going to make the whole world happy with this music, just watch!”

On February 13th , Skinny hosts ‘Fam Jam’ at Estate 101 in Trinidad. “I love the people of Trinidad and Tobago and I can’t wait to entertain them again this year,” he said. It’s his second event in T&T, with plans to keep the momentum going for many years to come.

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Machel, Iwer, Skinny Team Up in Unexpected Move.

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Machel Montano has teamed up with his long time musical rival, The Boss, Neil Iwer George ahead of Carnival Monday and Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago. St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous brings his unique, raw vibe to the track, aiding in bridging, what many, for years have speculated, was bad blood between the two Soca heavyweights, Machel and Iwer. The new Power Soca track is called, “Conch Shell” and was written by all three artists.

On his social media pages, Skinny Fabulous, whose real name is Gamal Doyle, said, “Sometimes you gotta let go of the heaviness and just free up, do music and try to have some fun with it. The same goes to the listeners. Free up and have fun with it. Its shelling time.”

Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous and Iwer George

On his Instagram page, Iwer George posted the new track with the caption, “Unity is key.” Machel Montano, who on Saturday expressed that the 2020 edition of his staple Carnival concert, Machel Monday, would be the show’s finale, posted a photo of himself in studio with his soca compatriots, expressing the need for all human beings to express love in what they do. He wrote, “Live, enjoy, be free, love, dare, believe, be curious, create, co-create, spread love and peace, be joyous, do what you love, embrace yourself and live. Divine Creator, May we make the most of life and our time here on earth. May we fulfill our purpose and souls mission and own our own lives.” 

Here’s the brand new track:

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