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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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Protoje’s Inside. Grammy Nominee Reverts to the ‘Rounds’ as He Delivers New Music, Talks Social Media and more.

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It’s the kind of song everyone needs to hear. For an artiste like Protoje, dubbed one of the architects of reggae’s revival movement, it’s really nothing new. He’s been preaching positive from the very beginning. This time around, the artiste, who was nominated for the 2018 Best Reggae Album Grammy award with, ‘A Matter of Time’, teamed up with Jamaica’s Agent Sasco and Lila Ike for what turned out to be something pretty special.

Last week, he touched down in Trinidad. He’s been making the media rounds, highlighting the new track, ‘Not Another Word’ – a song that’s come complete with the right visuals to engage. He’s no newcomer, he understands the power of visibility, the respect of social media marketing and the essence of immediate connection, but truth be told, Protoje sure wishes life were simpler.

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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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