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Shurwayne Brings Back The Iron, Reminding The World What Carnival Really is About.

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There’s been a lot of moaning and groaning in recent years about the declining elements of Trinidad and Tobago’s authenticity as the Carnival Mecca. Has the bacchanal nation lost its fire? Did the aversion of the music from hardcore power soca to tamer tones of groovy appeal, lead to fetters’ less enthused reactions and the decline of the big flag culture in T&T!? Legit questions but here’s what, let’s not play the blame game! Let’s just fix it! That’s exactly what Shurwayne Winchester set out to do when he released his 2019 Road March contender, and we think it’s gonna work!

Teaming up with the incomparable Stadic Productions and Neil Bernard, Shurwayne- a former multiple Road March, Power and Groovy Soca Monarch king, tested his ability to re-energize the Trini carnival vibe, amping up his delivery and “bringing back” the iron and the brass that had been traded in for digital echos and instrumentals by many producers. He admitted that when he brought the idea to the production outfit, the response wasn’t as forthcoming, but they went along with it, and the end product is sheer fire!

“I just wanted to give the masqueraders a happy power. So much happening in our lives, what more!? We need some happiness. I wanted to create a song where people didn’t have to think too much, they would just react with ecstasy,” he said. He’s given the world so many songs like this- happy songs. His Road March anthems, “Dead or Alive,” and “ De Band Coming” are still carnival anthems and just like those two tracks, Shurwyane’s latest release, “Come Back”, strikes the ultimate masquerader’s chord when played.

The Road March race in T&T is just now heating up! Shurwayne’s not to be counted out! Today, the artiste celebrates his 44th birthday. He has contributed to the Soca and carnival circuit since 1996. Don’t get it twisted- Shurwayne Winchester’s a defender of the art form and he’ll be serving up that raw Carnival vibe for real fetters, for many years to come. Stay WOKE.


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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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Mr. Killa Does Damage At ISM 2019 Semi Finals.

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Who is this Mr. Killa and why the hell is he mashing up Trinidad and Tobago? The King of ‘Mash Up’ hails from Grenada and like a whirlwind he’s invaded Trinidad in the heat of the Carnival season… and guess what? Nobody’s complaining! Go brave Killa, go brave!

The entertainer, born, Hollice Mapp, hails from Guave. He’s no newbie. In fact, Mr. Killa’s been Grenada’s culture ambassador for quite some time. He’s an incredible entertainer. In Ibiza a couple years ago, Mr. Killa’s on stage antics led to an insane viral energy that immediately propelled him further. In the wake of that, his social media activity thrust him even higher toward stardom in the Caribbean, amplifying his worth as an all round entertainer. From dancing to performance and vocal ability, Mapp has all that it takes to stand among the best in the music industry.

On Sunday night in Arima, East Trinidad, Mr. Killa made his presence felt, like only he could, at the semi finals of the International Socia Monarch competition- so much so that the online competition punters have already crowned him King, ahead of Fantastic Friday. The artiste’s tune, ‘Run Wid It’ has influenced pure wild abandon at fetes, in recent days. People have reportedly been picking other people, tables, chairs and other items of solid weight. There’s no doubt that Mr. Killa’s influence is real and powerful.

Take a look at his performance from the Semi Finals of the ISM competition, on Sunday night. Let us know if you think Mr. Killa’s the man to beat on finals night in Port-of-Spain.

Hollice Mapp aka Mr. Killa Run With It- ISM 2019 semi finals! That performance was pure 🔥 🔥 🔥 🇬🇩 🇬🇩 🇬🇩Just so killa run up in the finals!

Posted by Doc Edd Francis on Sunday, February 10, 2019

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