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Rags and Flags? No… Cell Phones. But, Destra Let’s ‘Em Have It!

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The feting culture has made a total 360 degree turn. We’ve gone from kicking up dust, sweating and truly palancin’, to dressing up with heels and clutches, wearing Gucci loafers and standing up front with cell phones like reporters, in carnival fetes. Yes. That’s where we’ve reached!

One carnival mainstay- the Queen of Bacchanal isn’t having it though. Much like Fay Ann Lyons has repeatedly called for over the years, Destra is today speaking out on the new-age vibe killer- the cell phone abomination in fetes. The “Soca Family” singer performed at the  Eye Slam concert event on Wednesday night in Chaguanas and while she said she had a great time being there, she seemed less than thrilled about the fact that there were so many cell phones projected in the air, recording her.

“Eye Slam Posse, allyuh real get on! Fete was ram but yuh see alluyuh and these cell phones in de fete… (squinted eye emoji)… You can only get the real soca experience if yuh let it all go! Trust me! But still…. great vibes.”

One week prior, soca artist, Voice- the reigning International Soca Monarch King, hosted his birthday event in Chagaramas, Trinidad. A photo emerged of his performance and what else was there to see, but a sea of mobile phones recording his every move. There has been tremendous mumbling about the feting culture shift, over the years. From photographers making it their business to get the right shot of patrons who seemingly go to fetes only for that purpose, to the selfie scourge while big artistes are killing themselves on stage to get patrons to move and leave with a lasting memory, the feting culture shift is real.

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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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