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Shal Marshall Among Hot Caribbean Acts to Hit Major HOT97 Summer Stage This Month.

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Soca and Reggae music again takes centre stage outside of the Caribbean at the end of this month when New York’s HOT97 hosts its On ‘Da Reggae and Soca Tip.’ The event has seen artistes like Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Gyptian, Kranium, Shaggy, Barrington Levy and many others, over the years and this year Mr. Splinters- Shal Marshall, is billed to perform.

Set to take place at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on August 31st from 7:3pm, this summer’s  HOT 97 Caribbean feature event will also feature T&T’s Nailah Blackman, the young artiste who was nominated in July for a BET Award. Other artistes on the cast include Jamaica’s Ding Dong, Aidonia, Konshens, Elephant Man, Masicka and Kranium.

Both Shal Marshall and Nailah Blackman have been holding their own since the end of Carnival 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago, proving that they are ready and able to make it to major world stages. Marshall is currently making waves with a new single called “Trending,” which sits on the Monkey Steel riddim. Blackman meanwhile, recently released a new video for a remixed single done with Jamaica’s Ding Dong. That single is called, “Birthday Song.”  Check it out on our featured video tab.

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International DJ Stephen Ties The Knot And Boy Did This Wedding Shake The Scene.

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Social media was abuzz with photos leading up to the October 20th nuptials of Soca DJ, International DJ Stephen and his wife, Zinaida McNamara. The two were engaged in a pretty public setting aboard the Uber Soca Cruise last year. This past weekend, soca stars from around the Caribbean glammed up and made their grand entries at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Miami, to celebrate the coming together as one, of a couple who’ve staked their individual claims to the entertainment limelight, and unitedly, have now staked their claim to each other.

Photo by Neil Berment of Berment Photography. 

The wedding was certainly a beautiful one with planning done by Luxurious destination wedding and event planner, Marylen Exposito. The bride’s Viviane Valerius plunging neckline gown flattered her structure in the most elegant way and when it came to Stephen himself, the fashion boss of his homeland, T&T, was called upon for that professional hook up. Stephen wore a custom tailored, Ecliff Elie suit, a choice that certainly proved the right one when the curtains were drawn.

Ecliff Elie has been the talk of the town on the Caribbean’s menswear fashion circuit for some time. Most recently, he dressed Jamaican reggae chart topper, Jah Cure for a concert appearance in Trinidad and Tobago. Beside the bride and groom, a number of Soca stars proved to be show stoppers on the wedding red carpet. Nadia Batson looked radiant in a near gold colored, lace embellished, floor length dress, while reigning Soca monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago, Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louie, sported a suit that he hash-tagged, “Shakespeare” on social media. Like St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous, St. Lucia’s Teddyson John, T&T’s Lyrikal, Mr. Killa of Grenada and Antigua’s Ricardo Drue, the men of Soca rocked out hard and charming in black and white, taking their place in a wedding that has since been referred to as The Soca Met Gala.

Now, check out some of the hot looks by our Caribbean celebs and of course, you’ve gotta see what those said artistes caused when it came to rocking out on the dance floor…

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Soca Artiste/ Radio Personality Hits Harder. Tips His Hat to Ground DJs. Argues, Radio DJs Are Followers.

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Now this could be controversial but, it’d be worth it.

It’s very rare that a man with much to lose would open his mouth and subject himself to possible victimization by the said people he needs in his corner, but sometimes enough is just enough.

It’s not the first time that fingers are being pointed at the Radio men and women whose larger than life personas, big mouths and “eager to press play for the artistes they like or have vested interest in,” fingertips, are being criticized for their actions. While many would say there’s often a bigger machine in motion behind the music that’s blared across the airwaves, particularly at Carnival time, Bass and many others on the social media circuit have, in recent time, been opining on the matter of Radio DJs and their seemingly unethical method of music delivery to the masses- well unethical… or should we say, biased?

We spoke with Bass- the artist also known at Trilogy. He’s been in the game for over a decade, having collaborated with even Destra Garcia. Bass is also a songwriter and former DJ at New York’s Hot 97FM. He understands the game and understands the music industry, something that not many others can boast of. For years his music, like many other less popular artistes, has stood at the mercy of radio DJs who would faster play the music of 5 artistes repeatedly over a three-hour time span, than they would deliver a new song or two to the people who are so easily influenced by their music choices. Many DJs often say, “we’re playing what the people want to hear,” but is that entirely true? Bass doesn’t think so. He thinks Shurwayne Winchester has been given a raw deal and he also says he’d like to hear more of Snakey’s music played on the airwaves, telling us that Snakey is a tremendous performer who takes command of any audience he’s given the chance to perform for. “The DJs on the streets are a bit more open and respectful to the culture. They are not aligned to any artistes. They are not with any cliques, clans or crews. I have given my music to DJs at parties and they would play the music on the spot with no fear of losing credibility or anything. Radio DJs only follow,” said the artist.

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