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Rihanna Rocks Out in Barbados as Buju Comes to Town.

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Buju Banton made his way to Barbados this past weekend and as initially speculated, the princess of Barbados, Rihanna made her way to her homeland, showing up and showing out like only she can.2

While Jamaica’s Carnival may have been atop the minds of many, Buju Banton remained a figure of Caribbean music consistency this past weekend, just one weekend after he brought Trinidad and Tobago to its knees when he penetrated the Queen’s Park Savannah on Easter Sunday.

Rihanna at Buju’s Long Walk to Freedom in Barbados.
PHOTO – MEGA

Rihanna’s been quiet for some time, musically. Fans have been anxiously pleading for new music, all the while, Rih’s been penetrating the fashion and beauty market with her makeup and lingerie lines. On Saturday, she showed up at Buju’s Long Walk to Freedom Tour, mingling with Prime Minister Mia Mottley and others in an elevated VVIP area at the Kensington Oval. According to insiders, Rihanna got to the venue fashionable late, arriving just in time to take in Buju after 1:30am. She missed earlier performances by  Agent Sasco and Spragga Benz but was able to catch Wayne Wonder when he performed his collabs with the ‘Hills and Valley’ singer.

Fashionable as per usual, the PUMA endorsee made a bold statement in a trench styled yellow and grey checkered ensemble. She rocked out in long box braids with mild makeup. Of course she posed for pics with some of the entertainment industry’s hottest, among them Buju himself and Barbados’ Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds.

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Machel Rubs Shoulders with International Celebs. Fans Defend Him.

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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. One radio personality made a point on Wednesday, of telling listeners that he felt Machel Montano was pretty much acting like a groupie when he attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week. All this because the superstar soca artiste who has collaborated with the likes of Doug E Fresh, Ashanti and Shaggy, had taken and posted a lot of celebrity pics, post event.

Fans are however supporting the Soca Taipan, saying it’s good to see that Machel, being a Caribbean megastar, is also a fan of artistes and isn’t afraid to express that feeling. Montano met and took photos with Rihanna, Pharell, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill and Megan the Stallion who recently signed with ROC Nation.

On the heels of that event and Montano’s social media photo explosion, came his appearance on the Girls Cruise reality TV show. Fellow soca artist, Rome is a part of the show’s full time production and showcased Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2019 season, to major cast members Chilli of TLC, Lil Kim, BSimone and Maya among others. The episode aired last weekend, saw appearance during by Machel and Alison Hinds during a yacht party. Montano even performed.

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Erphaan Alves Will Release His ‘Proudest’ Project Tonight.

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He’s ambitious! Erphaan Alves is adamant that he will take the Soca genre global. He made a point of launching the effort dubbed the No Seasons Project after Carnival 2019, promising to deliver new music regularly. Other artistes like Iwer George promised to do the same, but thus far, Nailah Blackman has been the one Soca artiste who’s delivered new music consistently.

Tonight, Erphaan Alves’ continues his commitment to delivering soca year round. A brand new single and video will be released – another track post carnival – the young entertainer having released, “Lock On” in May this year. Erphaan says this project forms part of his soca story and effectively strengthens his mission to take the genre to global audiences.

Erphaan Alves wants to take Soca music to global audiences.

On Instagram, Alves said the production and delivery of new Soca music post carnival, by artistes, would essentially lead to more interest by fans, more local soca events, increased market activity and essentially, increased global appeal. His launch later tonight, takes place at Buzz Bar located at One Woodbrook Place in Port-of-Spain.

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