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Archived: Shaft Is The Man! A Year of Endless Blessings and More To Come

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The year 2015 is now a memory but for songwriter Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop, it was the year he became truly popular in the Caribbean. In T&T, he dominated the Soca Monarch competition with songs like Destra Garcia’s ‘Lucy’, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ and Chucky’s ‘Doh Take It On”. It was an historic carnival season for the songwriter who became one to watch by many in the soca industry.

Jason Shaft Bishop, spotted at Soca In Moka is gearing up for a phenomenal year.

Jason Shaft Bishop, spotted at Soca In Moka is gearing up for a phenomenal year.

Shaft says 2016 will see even greater strides. His achievements at Barbados’ Cropover, which included providing Peter Ram with the right song to take home the Road March title and delivering a song to Imani and Biggie Irie that would eventually be used by the Barbados government in a campaign, have propelled Bishop to reach for even more. “My plan is to really spread to more places in Barbados so that more people become familiar with me and what I do,” he told ETCETERABUZZ.

Toward the end of 2015, Jason was invited by the Barbados government to host a workshop for songwriters on the island. He gladly accepted and now, that having been a tremendous success, he’s looking forward to expanding the idea to other islands and certainly at home in T&T. St. Lucia’s government has already contacted him and with that, he’s making amendments to his presentation to be able to deliver even more to the people who he will impart his knowledge on.

Shaft was responsible for Lyrikal's 'Loner' in 2015 and now 'Dip and Roll' - a favorite in 2016.

Shaft was responsible for Lyrikal’s ‘Loner’ in 2015 and now ‘Dip and Roll’ – a favorite in 2016.

This carnival, Shaft has a number of popular songs to his credit. Lyrikal’s ‘Dip and Roll’, Destra’s ‘Stranded’, Jaiga’s ‘Anyway’, Lil Bits’ ‘Work’, Rikki Jai’s, ‘Leh We Fete’, Machel Montano’s ‘Carnival Groupie’ and SkinnyFabulous’ ‘Born For This’ are all Shaft Vibes written work. He’s excited that most of his songs are being enjoyed by the people but says he’s got no major expectations this season. “It’s all in God’s hands. He is the boss and He will decide just how things should happen,” said Bishop.

An upliftment achievement award out of Barbados, to his name, Jason Shaft Bishop says his aim is to remain relevant in 2016. “I hope to be a good example to upcoming writers. I’ve gained the respect of many of them and I’m happy about that. I hope to continue giving them what’s essential to keep that respect high,” he said.

Bishop has written another single for Montano which is yet to be released.

Bishop has written another single for Montano which is yet to be released.

Currently preparing for another Machel Montano release, Jason told ETCETERABUZZ the population an expect a  monster. This year, there are also plans afoot to see Jason Shaft Bishop enter the international music market. Not wanting to give away too much just yet, he told us he’s making connections to deliver some R&B songs to major artistes overseas.

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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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