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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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Newspaper Report Misleading. Mr. Killa Will Not Perform at International Soca Monarch In Trinidad.

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Despite reports yesterday that Trinidad and Tobago’s crowned 2019 International Soca Monarch King, Grenada’s Mr. Killa would be performing at the competition next week Friday, there is word today that this is totally untrue.

The artist whose real name is Hollice Mapp, officially withdrew from the competition last week, citing several issues that were left untreated by the organizing committee at ISM. To date, Ebuzztt understands that both parties have met, however sources close to Mr. Killa told us that the artist has no intention of performing at the competition.

On Thursday, the Newsday newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago, reported that the artist would in fact be performing. The Caribbean Prestige Foundation and ISM have since issued the following statement:

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Grenada Stands Firm with Mr. Killa. TalkShow Hosts on the Island, Weigh In.

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The news of Grenada’s Mr. Killa’s withdrawal from defending his title in this year’s International Soca Monarch competition has led to some fiery online debate on the matter of Trinidad and Tobago’s support of other Caribbean islands’ involvement in Carnival. Some social media critics and commentators from the Spice Isle have outright stated that there has been no support or promotion of the Grenadian artiste heading into the competition.

This morning, in Grenada, talkshow hosts on Power 95.1FM weighed in on the hot topic, going as far as to include Machel Montano in their banter, arguing that had Montano been the defending champion, complementaries would have been sent to Montano’s team with hopes of his attendance.

Here’s a look at the video clip of the on air discussion. Feel free to chime in on the issue and let us know how you feel about this situation in our comments section below.

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