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Shal Marshall Says Hot 97FM Opportunity Was Incredible. Caribbean Artistes Show Off.

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Shal Marshall says his debut to New York City’s Hot97FM stage last Friday, was a tremendous success. The Trinidad and Tobago entertainer, and radio personality has had a jam-packed post carnival schedule. His Soca anthems have allowed him to widen his scope, having been able to deliver his style of Soca to thousands around the world.

We caught up with the ‘Splinters’ singer as he departed New York on Tuesday. He said the experience was fantastic. He had followed in the footsteps of Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons, this time around sharing the Hot 97 Pon Da Reggae and Soca Tip stage with young chart-topper, Nailah Blackman, Grenada’s Mr. Killa and a slate of Jamaican heavyweights that included Konshens, Masicka, Elephant Man and Ding Dong. US Rapper, Lil Kim was also a part of the event.

“It was a great experience, being able to perform for a different crowd- a crowd that’s basically now being introduced to soca.” – Shal Marshall. 

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Shal pointed out the adjustment by the urban radio station to include Soca, having changed the name of the event to include the Soca music genre. “A very popular Hip Hop and reggae DJ and his friends said to me that Soca was crazy this year, over dancehall,” he shared, adding, “they were like, ‘soca killed it.'” Marshall said the DJ and his friends, whose names he did not reveal, even told him that his hit single, “Splinters” was also the song of the summer. “And these are Americans who have little or no Caribbean roots,” he said.

The Hot97 Pon Da Reggae and Soca Tip took place at The Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island.
Performers included Dovey Magnum, Tifa, Masicka, Kranium, Nailah Blackman, Shal Marshall, Ding Dong, Aidonia, Konshens, & Elephant Man! Special guests included Lil Kim, LFS, Tony Matterhorn, Safaree, Sekuence, Ricky Blaze, Kemar, DyDy, Mr Commodore, Klassick fresco, and Royal G.

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Machel Montano, Iwer In Epic Clash of the Titans.

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The masses are getting all anxious and social media is on fire. It’s been a while since anything like this has gone down. Machel Montano and the Boss, Neil Iwer George are battling for hierarchy. The two have been going at it, pulling all the stops and revealing things we’re not too sure, should be so publicly exposed. Montano’s round two punch has everyone in utter shock and while some may see this as simple ‘piccong’, there is room for disaster.

Iwer George initially sang this track. It has since been followed by the battle tracks.

Machel Montano and Iwer George have, for many years, been viewed publicly as “estranged.” They’ve been seen in photos but the extent of their social camaraderie, has been questioned. Speaking on the Soca Stop on Boomchampionstt.com today, Iwer said there are no rules in war and there is no explanation to be given on the matter. Asked whether the musical battle is real, the ‘Water Blessings’ singer said what’s seen on social media should not always be believed. He called on the radio personality to refrain from calling names on air, asking if he had court clothes. “You know how long I trying to defeat this monster. How I will beg you to do a song with you and I trying to defeat you. He lying… he not telling the truth,” said Iwer when asked whether he had approached Machel Montano to do a song with him. He promised he would release a verse on the matter in the week ahead.

Iwer George says Skinny Fabulous is a traitor.

Explaining that he has been in the business of Soca for 31 years, the Boss said he knows the writer behind Machel’s latest musical punch. “I want to send a message to Skinny Fabulous. I want to send him back to St. Vincent on a one way ticket. Skinny is selling guns to the enemy,” said Iwer, almost jokingly. He explained that Skinny’s writing style is known and as such, he immediately knew it was Skinny who had aligned himself with Machel. “They are my bredrens, because he have a tune with Machel, he turn State witness against me. What he write for Machel is what he know about me, so he turn against me,” said George.

Machel Montano

Both artistes are said to have performed at an event last night and will perform at the Oval tonight where they are expected to go head to head on stage.

Machel Montano, meanwhile seems to be enjoying the excitement, posting every minute of the thrills to his social media accounts.

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Famalay Hits Apple iTunes With Major Accomplishment. Skinny Reveals Decision For Collab Came After Demo.

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Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin are on to something! Their collaborative hit single, “Famalay” which was released just about two weeks ago, has struck the iTunes chart in a major way, becoming the #1 selling song from the Caribbean, globally on the iTunes Reggae Top 100 chart. The song was said to be holding on to the #5 spot on Thursday. Skinny Fabulous revealed the news via social media, saying, “I know this also will provoke the discussion about SOCA not having it’s own established genre but until that day comes when we win the good fight for Soca recognition, let’s celebrate this #1 on the Reggae Chart or any other chart worldwide for that matter.”  

Skinny, who hails from St. Vincent says he intended the song to be a single that would be a true representation of various aspects of the Caribbean and its music genres. He said the song was sent to him by International DJ Stephen who received it from Dominican producer Dada Lawerence. In penning words to the track, Skinny said no one in particular had been on his mind, however when it came down to doing the demo, the thought of a collab emerged. Machel and Bunji Garlin’s hooks were created and the rest is history.

The song’s lyrics encourage togetherness and friendship- something that’s prevalent at Carnival time across the Caribbean. “When you go to a fete with a crew, everyone has everyone’s back; whether with drinks, food, bathroom breaks and you begin to form a bond like family,” he said.

Skinny Fabulous has been a part of the Caribbean’s soca and carnival landscape for quite some time. He has written for many artistes and is a staple on the Soca scene. Ahead of C2K19, he has released three other singles – “Happy”, “Pick Your Position” which features Motto and “Bipolar”. Thus far, “Famalay” stands firmly atop the list of “must plays” this season.


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