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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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Domestic Violence Will Not Be Tolerated by the Caribbean Community. Uproar Follows Explosive Revelation.

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The Caribbean community is today in uproar after one of its very comedic influencers became the centre of allegations of physical abuse as detailed by his significant other. The community is adamant that no acts of violence against women or children for that matter, will be condoned, this after the female in question broke her silence via social media, explaining that she has been the victim of traumatic attacks and even alleging that her life could have been snuffed out when her attacker allegedly drew a gun against her.

This feature deals specifically with warning signs for women as it relates to the potential of attack by their significant other. We believe it has become necessary- and it really always has been imperative that information be made available to persons should they become victims of domestic violence or any type of abuse.

Breakingthecycle.org, a website platform that aims to break the cycle of violence in relationships specifically for young people, explains that dating abuse encompasses many types of abuse, including physicalemotional, verbal, digital and sexual.  “It can be hard to tell when a behaviour crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or abusive,” the site explains, noting that dating violence is a pattern and as such, women are encouraged to be aware of these early warning signs, and what could become a series of abusive behaviors over time.

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Bunji Breaks His Silence as He Delivers New Creative Space with Wife, Fay Ann Lyons.

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In recent months efforts by Ebuzztt to get Bunji Garlin’s input on various matters proved futile because, as he told us then, he wished to remain off radar as he had been working on something major that would eventually be revealed.

In the aftermath of his father’s passing, Garlin used social media to express his appreciation for the words of strength offered by his wife, Fay Ann Lyons. Months later, the pair unveiled plans to effectively carry the creatives in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean, in a trendy, digitised fashion. Earlier today, they introduced something called ‘Chrending’, set to become a dot com… a play on the word Trending, and a word certainly fashioned in the broken English dialect often heard across the West Indies.

At a media launch to unveil their new digital platform, which is aimed at cushioning the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in such a way that would allow creatives to continue to earn, the Alvarez duo explained that the website, when up and running, would facilitate virtual concerts and other performances to the benefit of every stakeholder in the Caribbean’s entertainment industry. Specific details relative to copyright, according to Lyons-Alvarez, were still being ironed out amid talks with the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.

Explaining that often time, artistes who utilise their personal Instagram Live platforms to host virtual events are interrupted for one reason or another, FayAnn said Chrending would eliminate such interruptions. She further explained that the website would allow each individual creative to possibly reach larger audiences than what would normally be their personal platform reach. “The idea is to bring the Caribbean audience together so when one person uses the platform you reach a wider audience and you are not just limited to the followers you have on Instagram,” she said.

The idea comes even as Trinidad and Tobago remains under restriction with entertainment being legally halted by way of the Pubic Health Ordinance, which prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons in any one space. There will be no carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021.

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