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Shurwayne Winchester Performs for 26,000 in Canada Virtually, this Week.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Shurwayne Winchester has been chosen by major Canadian media corporation Rogers, as the soca artiste to open the Rogers Mosaic Virtual Carnival 2020 and even though it’s an in house event, the exposure of Winchester’s music and that of Soca as a genre to some 26,000 people, is something to be celebrated. 

The soca heavyweight who, over the years, has copped several Road March, Soca Monarch and Groovy Soca monarch titles, will open the virtual carnival. In a media statement issued by Et-cet-era The Company, it was explained that Shurwayne was interviewed last week Thursday, virtually, on Toronto’s number one morning show- Breakfast Television on City TV.

On July 27th, the Roger’s Mosaic Virtual Carnival 2020 will expose the soca genre to employees at Rogers’ 53 plus media radio stations in Canada. The company is Canada’s leading technology and media company. According to the media release, Rogers is bent on showing its commitment to the diversity and inclusion of all employees and is also committed to keeping the company’s culture alive during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was revealed that Shurwayne’s name was pinned for opening the festival, many vouching for his powerful execution of the Soca genre and his ability to please diverse audiences. 

“This is a great look for the Soca genre because with all that’s going on in the world, there’s been very little opportunity for artistes and other persons affiliated with the music, to take it out there,” said a Rogers Mosaic Committee member. Kiss 92.5 FM, Canada’s #1 Top 40 radio station is looking to diversify its rotation and Shurwayne’s music and that of other Soca artistes will be added to its rotation.

On the day of the virtual festival, Shurwayne will be interviewed on the Canadian frequency. “This will essentially be the first time that a Soca artiste gets the opportunity to be interviewed on this station,” said the Rogers committee member. 

Even as artistes and other members of the entertainment fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago struggle to come to terms with the restrictions maintained by Trinidad and Tobago’s government and health officials amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Shurwayne is in studio. He says he knows the challenges will eventually subside. “In mid-August, Shurwayne’s set to release a new kind of style- a yardie link up, we’re calling it,” said SWLTD’s music director. The team is confident that Shurwayne has all that it takes to represent the genre perfectly to the Canadian demographic. “It’s always important for people to understand the traditions, the culture, the history of the sound they’re hearing for the first time. Shurwayne’s very capable of this,” he said

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Nailah Blackman Touches Down in Switzerland. Finds A Weed Machine!

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She’s seen a weed vending machine so far and she seems to have been pretty blown away by that. Nailah Blackman’s in Switzerland. The soca beauty is there for the Swiss Soca Festival, something that’s pretty huge for this fresh, young entertainer.

Blackman, who unleashed a new EP last month called ‘The Reel’, has been delivering consistently over the past two years. Vocal strength and a visually appealing package, makes her an artiste to watch in the Caribbean music industry- an artiste who, by all accounts, has the best potential to make it onto the international music circuit.

Nailah in Switzerland.

In a near emotional rant on her Instagram story, Blackman said she is extremely happy. “All my life I always wanted to travel and do music and I am here for the Soca Swiss Festival. This is just amazing to me!” she said, thanking God for the opportunity. “God is good,” she said.

Nailah told her fans that she had always wanted to visit Europe. She said a lot of the artistes she’d listened to growing up, were European. “The whole vibe, the whole gloomy vibe, it’s a definite vibe. It’s definitely an emotion that I felt a lot in my childhood and I get why people would’ve made songs like they made in this kind of weather- it’s sort of gloomy so it’s nice to have soca here… bring a different side, yuh know!”

Check out Nailah’s reaction to the Weed Vending machine find, in Switzerland.

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Kees Wants Us All to Celebrate Calypso. New Album Coming This Month.

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Kes the band has been busy. An entire album is being released to fans of Soca and Calypso music this month. In an interview on RED96.7FM on Thursday, Kees Dieffenthaller- lead singer of the band, said the album, “We Home” would be dropping on August 28th. He also urged the people of Trinidad and Tobago to love up Calypso music.

The upcoming album is the band’s first live studio album and according to a social media post on the band’s page, it was born out of the present global situation. The COVID-19 pandemic, still a very present threat, Kees said the period has given many people the time to reconnect with loved ones, take things slow, recharge, innovate and be at home.

The album is described as one that delivers to fans, the energy that’s often shared by the band when they’re on stage. “We miss the energy we get from you when we’re on stage and wanted to share the vibes we feel when we’re performing. We hope this album captures that feeling and gives us all something to look forward to when we could jam once more. We can’t wait for you to hear it,” said the social media post. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Speaking toward the end of the radio interview on Thursday, Kees embraced the applause offered for the collaborative single done with Jimmy October- a single called, “Magic”. He took that opportunity to call on the people of Trinidad and Tobago to celebrate calypso music which, he reminded the world, many other genres were bred from.

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