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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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Buju Banton Has Touched Down in Trinidad ahead of I Am Legend Festival this Sunday.

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Buju Banton arrived at the old Piarco International Airport, via private jet a short while ago. His aircraft landed to much fan fare as media and officials from High Frequency entertainment welcomed him.

Buju’s entry into Trinidad was without hiccup and now the artiste is set for his major return to Trinidad and Tobago’s concert capital, Queens Park Savannah on Sunday. He gave no interviews upon his arrival but smiled happily with those who were there to greet him. High Frequency Entertainment is promising an incredible festival event. Caribbean Art, Craft and Cuisine, added to Caribbean music that even includes the likes of Kes the Band and other amazing local hit makers, will be showcased.

Buju’s arrival into T&T has been highly charged. Take a look at his entry into Piarco.

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Buju Cleared for T&T Entry. Private Jet Arrives on Friday. Watson Speaks Out.

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Trinidad and Tobago is bursting at the seams with excitement as the I Am Legend Festival headlined by Buju Banton, is just days away. An official advisory from the Ministry of National Security today highlighted that Buju, along with Luciano and Wayne Wonder had all been cleared for entry into Trinidad and Tobago by the Chief Immigration Officer.

Buju Banton is free to enter Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.

There was some concern last week after an announcement was made by the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, indicating that he had not seen documents related to any request for Buju to be allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago. It was subsequently reported that High Frequency Entertainment- the promotional outfit that will host Buju and his friends at the I Am Legend Festival on Sunday, had in fact submitted documents to the Ministry of National Security since November 2018. They re-submitted the request and received notice of authorization on Wednesday.

Ebuzztt.com understands that Buju will arrive in T&T via private jet on Friday. The artiste’s last visit to Trinidad was in 2009 when he performed at that year’s I Am Legend concert at the very same venue, the concert capital- Queen’s Park Savannah. “There is something mystical and magical about this occasion. It’s been exactly 10 years since Buju last performed here. He’s received so much support from the people of Trinidad and Tobago over the years and there is no doubt that he is grateful for all the love that’s been shown, over the years,” said High Frequency Entertainment CEO, Glenroy Watson.

Buju Banton was last experienced in concert, in Trinidad, in 2009.

The stage is set for what Watson assures, will be a memorable show of love and unity at the Savannah on Easter Sunday. Tourist arrivals to T&T, according to Watson, has soared in the past few days and is expected to increase further, in the next day or two. “There’s no doubt in our minds that this festival is an attraction to Trinidad at this time. It’s an economic booster and I’m happy to deliver this to my country,” he said. He however expressed disappointment in the corporate sector, explaining that most of his expenses have been satisfied out of pocket. “It’s not an easy road as Buju said, but with God at the helm, I’m guaranteeing everyone that this festival will continue annually- corporate sponsorship or not,” said Watson, highlighting that despite all that this event has done and will do, to boost local employment for the period, increase tourist arrivals, earn foreign exchange for the country and so much else, he has received no major sponsorship or government support for the benefits T&T will essentially reap.

Koffee makes her T&T debut on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah for the I Am Legend Festival. The youths are anxious to catch her live.

The I Am Legend Festival is the biggest event of its kind to hit T&T, in recent years. Buju Banton’s name wields tremendous weight in these parts with even youths below 18 years of age, eager to experience the reggae hit maker, live. Banton, best known to many as simply, Gargamel, will be joined on stage by young star on the rise, Koffee, veteran reggae stalwart, Luciano, melody maker, Wayne Wonder and of course, Singing Melody, Tony Curtis and LUST.

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