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Shal Marshall Comes Under Attack. Authorities Take Aim.

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Shal Marshall may be having a pretty good season but his name and reputation may be at stake if he doesn’t take the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago seriously. He’s agreed in essence to abstain from the promotion of a song done collaboratively with St. Lucia’s, Motto and St. Vincent and the Grenadine’s Hypa 4000 – a track called, “Take Jam.” The song boasts lyrics that are derogatory without much of a verbal expression of it.

“Take jam in yuh mudder hmm … bend over gyal … bend over in your favourite position gyul.” – TAKE JAM

Marshall’s single, “Splinters” along with his other carnival 2018 release, “Legend” have been keeping him on top in the past few weeks and it’s highly likely that he will be at every fete this Carnival season. This however did not stop CEO of the Telecommunications Authority, Dr John Prince, from penning a letter to the president of the TT Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), Daren Lee Sing, about his concerns regarding “Take Jam”.

TATT feels the statements uttered in Marshall and Motto’s song could prove inappropriate and degrading to women in particular. The body is now calling on the TTPBA to continue to exercise socially responsible behaviour in the selection of content broadcast across the nation’s airwaves. It adds that during the Carnival season, on air programming content tends to be of a highly sexual and salacious nature; particularly during periods when children are likely to be listening or watching.

Marshall, when contacted by the Trinidad Newsday Newspaper, said he had no problem with abandoning the track for the season, based on the concerns raised.

“If that is their view, we can respect what they are saying and not promote it any more, especially in T&T. As for me, I don’t mind not playing it and respecting their views. That is no problem for me.” 

 

 

 

 

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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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