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Shaft’s Back In Studio. Prepare For A Hit!

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When Jason Shaft Bishop gets down to songwriting, it ’s never in vain. The super songwriter who has won several accolades for his songwriting ability has been spotted on the grind, in Barbados with the likes of production outfit, De Red Boyz and Soca artist, Lyrikal.

Shaft is one of the most respected Caribbean songwriters.

Lyrical has turned to Shaft in the past for songs like “Loner” and  “Dip and Roll.” Bishop was also the man behind Destra’s “Lucy”, Patrice Robert’s “Big Girl Now,” and Barbados’ Peter Ram’s massive hit, “All Ah We,” among countless others.

Soca artistes are now gearing up for the long T&T carnival season ahead. The two-day merriment takes place on Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th, 2019. Already Shurwayne Winchester has released a new single, something called “High” and Bunji Garlin and Busta Rhymes’ “Drop It,” which was released on the Labor Day weekend in New York, is building nicely. We suspect Lyrikal will unleash something soon. Miami carnival around the corner, on October 7th, the excitement comes full circle back to the Mecca of it all, Trinidad and Tobago thereafter. The thrill is building! Can you feel it?!

Check out Shurwayne’s new single, “High.” He’ll be performing on Miami’s big stage at the Carnival next month. He’s currently in Switzerland.

 

 

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Here’s How Machel Montano Made us Gush Last Weekend.

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While the untamable frenzy in the Caribbean last weekend centered around Jamaican dancehall and reggae icon, Buju Banton’s first post-release concert, there was a lot to take in amid the excitement. Machel Montano’s ongoing love affair stuck out like a sore thumb in our minds here at Ebuzztt, and in case you haven’t realized just how smitten the Soca taipan truly is, we’re here to prove it to you!

Buju’s Long Road to Freedom concert in Jamaica on Saturday brought the best of the best in Caribbean entertainment to the Jamaica National Stadium. From Tarrus Riley to Dj Khaled, Romain Virgo, Aidonia and Beenie Man among others, Caribbean celebs showed out and Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano was among them.

In the thick of the massive crowd, Machel Montano made a very public appearance with the woman he’s been linked to for some time. Reneé Butcher, a pretty low key beauty, whose simple yet charming demeanor leaves us quite intrigued, was seen wrapped in Montano’s arms, swaying to the music of the Grammy award winning artist, both, she and Montano undeniably in their comfort zone with each other.

Machel Montano, possibly in wind down mode after a very visible Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, once collaborated with Buju Banton. The Soca artist had remixed his single, “Make Love” with the “Rasta Got Soul” hit maker. His relationship with Butcher, while informerly confirmed, has seen them on an apparent life journey with a lot of spiritual soul searching together.

During Carnival 2019 in T&T, Butcher’s presence was seen and felt. Photos showed the couple together on Valentine’s Day, coupled up affectionately. Butcher was a part of the Carnival Mas excitement as well, taking to the streets with Montano, Ashanti and the countless other celebrities partaking in the bliss of the season. What’s not to love?

Now, here are 5 reasons we love seeing this couple together:

  • Their energy as a couple is humble, grounded and easy.
  • She’s cute!
  • She has seemingly affected Machel in a positive way. His energy as an individual seems different since she became publicly announced.
  • Love WINS! At 44 years of age, we love the idea of seeing the King of Soca settle with someone truly suited to him, after all, how much longer will he subject himself to those touchy- feely females on the entertainment circuit! The time has come to just let real love WIN!

Follow Ebuzztt on Instagram and Etceterabuzz Trinidad on Facebook! There’s always something to see and enjoy about the Caribbean vibe!

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Swappi Deserved to Win. Artiste Breaks Down. Here’s Why!

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He cried tears, broke down like we’d never seen him, in the aftermath of a phenomenal carnival 2019 season that even resulted in a major Carnival title- the Groovy Soca Monarch crown. Marvin Davis grew up in the Sea Lots community. He’s the perfect example of rags to riches. Swappi’s also testimony that anyone who believes, can achieve. In the aftermath of Carnival 2019, Swappi quietly reflected in a chat with Ebuzztt, tearing up over the fact that he had almost given up.

Swappi recalls a trying few years, prior to 2019.

“I’m kind of emotional right now, because I actually didn’t see this coming,” he said to us. He had been at home, laid back, after securing the win on Fantastic Friday. Swappi could not contain his emotions. He admitted that he’d been extremely frustrated prior to 2019. “I’m laying here and thinking of how frustrating and confusing it was for me last year and the year before that and the year before that. I remember going to the grocery and picking up stuff, putting it in my trolley, and getting to the cash register and having to put it all back because all I had was $20,” he said with a level of humility and sadness that could not be faked. Swappi sighed emotionally at the memory, adding, “It was really challenging, very challenging to know that this is all that I do, music…. I just want to thank all the DJs, promoters, program directors, everyone, for giving me a second chance,” he said. He expressed gratitude to all who had played a part this past Carnival season, in essentially allowing him to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

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