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Archived: Skinny Credited by TUCO As Famalay Gives Machel His 10th Road March Title and Bunji, His First.

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Machel Montano and Austin SuperBlue Lyons are now officially tied for Road March wins, each having earned 10 in their respective careers. Bunji Garlin, the son-in-law of Lyons, and husband of former Road March champ, Fay Ann Lyons, has earned his first. The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) has revealed this year’s Road March as “Famalay”, a song written by St. Vincent’s Gamal Doyle, best known as Skinny Fabulous. He also sings on the Road March hit, an issue that initially confused some as to whether the song could be eligible for the title.

“Famalay” was officially registered to contend for the title in late February. Initially it was explained that Doyle would not be credited by TUCO as he is a non national of Trinidad and Tobago. Results have however shown otherwise, with Skinny’s name being included in the credits.

Meanwhile, Bunji Garlin’s first Road March win seems to be a pretty beautiful one for the Lyons-Alvarez family, Bunji’s wife, Fay Ann Lyons, earlier posting a very hearty congratulatory message on Instagram, to her husband :

Bunji Garlin has continued to work hard at his craft. He delivered a number of Soca tracks this past season, including “Ground Pound” and “The Fence.” Online, following news of his win with Machel and Skinny, he wrote : “As I celebrate 20 years existence in soca I would like to thank God for all that time and all that I’ve experienced in it. I thank him for the people that have been met along the way. I would like to congratulate my brothers @machelmontano @skinnyfabulous on such a powerful piece of material that made people just came together in unbelievable ways and of course on the Road March win!!! Thank you @fayannlyons for encouraging me to do the song when it came and the words were ‘do it because you like it and not for a look. Let it mean something to people or leave it alone’ and we proceeded and everyone won. Love to @dadamuzic and @internationalstephen on all their work that went into this and @chekothari and Fay as well in many many scenes behind to make sure it stood!!!”

Kees Dieffenthaller has placed second in this year’s Road March race with his hit, “Savannah Grass” being played some 207 times for masqueraders who crossed the various stages, on the two days of street revelry.

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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Skip Marley, Cedella, The Wailers, Shaggy Team Up with Emilio Estefan for New Single.

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The Marley name continues to be synonymous with positive moves. In the most recent news, Bob Marley’s daughter and grandson have collaborated with the Wailers- the legendary band that toured with the late Marley, between 1972 and 1981.

Cedella Marley, now 52 years old, along with Bob’s grandson, Skip Marley are featured on the new single, ‘One World, One Prayer.’ Jamaican reggae sensation, Shaggy also sings on the track which is described as “a powerful song focused on unity, love and inclusion beyond cultural differences.”

Reggae icon, Shaggy.

With a latin fusion, the reggae artistes collaborate with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Farruko ; and ironically, the song was produced by the husband of singer, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, who is a 10 time Grammy award winner. “When I wrote the song about two years ago, I wrote it thinking about how we, as human beings, have to love each other more, be kinder to each other and to nature,” said Estefan. “Who would have thought that we would be living this current situation, and that the message of ‘One World, One Prayer’ would resonate so strongly?” he said.

Cedella Marley- the daughter of the late, Bob Marley is on the new single.

Noting that the simple things in life must be appreciated, Estefan added, “especially the love that begins with our families and extends to our community and beyond, because in the end, we are all ‘One World, One Heart’.”

The Wailers are due to release a new album later this year.

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