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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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Soca Industry Called to Activate As Bahamas Reels From Hurricane Dorian.

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“I need 5 mins of your time. Been having sleepless days since Sunday, trying to figure out how are we going to do this now! It‘s time for the Whole Soca Industry to Give to what gives to us. Give back the support that is given to us. Show that you have the heart, show that we care about the recent disasters brought upon The Bahamas.”Kewin DuBois

Kerwin Dubois is calling on the Soca fraternity to help the Bahamas.

The devastation in the Bahamas is gut wrenching to say the least. Over 40 people have died and over 70,000 are homeless in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s passage last week. An all hands on board approach has been repeated by Caribbean governments and international agencies and amid that, one soca artiste has broken his silence and is calling on the soca fraternity to give back what the Bahamas has given to them, over the years.

‘Bacchanalist’ singer, Kerwin Dubois, ached by the videos and images of the Hurricane’s devastation, took to social media on Thursday. He’d created a video- some five minutes long, detailing the emotions of those who are now faced with the clean up and restoration of the tourism destination. “So what we going and do now? Every year we’re faced with this disaster. These people lost everything. You know what it is to lose everything?,” says DuBois. He says he is going to the Bahamas, expressing that he feels the need to be there to help in anyway that he can. Now, with a challenge thrown out, the artist is waiting for feedback from the stakeholders of soca- artistes, promoters and even fans, on what they propose to do, to help the people of the Bahamas.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s National Instrument Undeserving of Carifesta Main Stage?

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The Carifesta XIV experience being hosted in Trinidad and Tobago this year may have a bit of upheaval, this as Pantrinbago says the national instrument isn’t being treated with the respect it deserves.

Ace pannist Dane Gulston has spoken out on the matter of the steelpan not being included in the main concert event, “Island Beats”, which is carded for August 24th.

The Isand Beats event being hosted at the Queen’s Park Savannah, will be headlined by Machel Montano, Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and Guadeloupe’s Kassav, with other performances by young entertainers like Nailah Blackman and Voice. Gulston argues it’s outrageous that no thought was given to including the host country’s national instrument in the main stage lineup, further stating that the use of steel pan only at the opening and closing of events, is essentially a slap in the face.

Speaking on television on Friday morning, Pantrinbago President, Beverly Ramsey-Moore said while the organization, under her stewardship, has enjoyed a very good relationship with Culture and Arts Minister Nyan Gadsby Dolly, her response to the request from Pantrinbago to be included in the main stage dynamic, was unappreciated. She relayed how Gadsby Dolly seemed to have been taken aback by the request, in essence squealing, “Pan on stage with Machel and Shaggy?!”

Jamaican reggae artistes, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley were treated to the sweet steel pan music by Dane Gulston in May this year.

The Minister is yet to comment on the issue, this as social media is now abuzz with online commentators arguing that Trinidad and Tobago’s renowned national instrument- the only major musical instrument invented in the 20th century, should be loved by its people and shared with the world, at any opportunity given.

In May this year, Jamaican reggae sensation Tarrus Riley was greeted by Gulston to the sound of the steelpan, which he enjoyed tremendously.

Jamaican reggae hit maker @tarrusrileyja is certainly a fan of the steel pan. He’s in #TrinidadandTobago ahead of Saturday’s #Redemption6 concert being held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. He met up with ace pannist, #DaneGulston who showed him a thing or two. The culture of the Caribbean, while sometimes vastly different, is always wholeheartedly embraced by all Caribbean people. What a beautiful thing. #caribbean #entertainment #music #steelpan #trinidadandtobago #tarrusriley #ebuzztt

Posted by Etceterabuzz Trinidad on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reporting by: Melissa Stanisclaus.

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