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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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Shurwayne’s Teamed Up with The Best of the Best out of Jamaica. There’s No Stopping Him Now.

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From the likes of Beres Hammond, to Queen Ifrika, Buju Banton, Richie Spice, Capleton and countless others, a pioneer in reggae and lover’s rock engineering, has joined his versatility and unique flair with a sound out of Trinidad and Tobago. Together, and complimented by a youthful musical dynamic that’s been described as the next best thing out of Jamaica, a couple of powerful musical masters are set to unleash pure magic in music, later this month. 

“Making this connection has been a blessing. I have to especially thank Jamesy P out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for making the initial introductions,” said well-known Trinidad and Tobago artist, Shurwayne Winchester. Known for his major accomplishments in the Soca music industry over the years, Shurwayne’s now mixing things up a little, delving into Lover’s Rock and he’s definitely made the right link to make it happen. Rohan Dwyer is responsible for mixing “Memories” by John Legend and Buju Banton on Buju’s 2020 album, Upside Down 2020- an album that’s been absorbed and commended by Billboard and Rollingstone. “Just the opportunity to work with Rohan on this project, has opened my appetite for fresh sounds and styles. I’ve immersed myself in the music because I believe that’s the only way to truly replicate the sound perfectly, and so far, the pre-release reviews have been great,” said Shurwayne. 

The single, ‘True Love,’ which features support vocals by Jamaican boy band, 8, is melodic as it is lyrically pronounced. 

“We’re at a crossroads in time presently. For years many have sat back and questioned the direction that the music of today, had been heading. Now, in this present time with all that’s happening in the world, so many people dying of the Covid-19 virus, and of course, intense race relations in the US and other parts of the world, music must be the healing source. We have to use the music to deliver the right messages to the people,” said the former Road March, Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch champion of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Jamaican boy band- 8.

Shurwayne hailed the talent of the boy band, saying it’s been a true pleasure to work alongside the young musicians who make up 8. “These young musicians who also double up as vocalists, are really talented,” said Shurwayne. Adrian Bacchus, George Campbell Jhada Dwyer, Moses Estick, Matthew Gillespie, Jordon McLeary and Dimetri Wynter bring the Jamaican reggae melody that can’t be missed, to the new single that’s set for release on August 21st

“What we want people to do is fall in love with music again. My aim has always been to bring quality to my audience all over the world. We strive to bring music that has staying power, music that will stand the test of time. Rohan has been a producer for Beres Hammond as well as so many other artistes over the years and these artistes’ music has stayed with us,” said Shurwayne. The new single is now available for pre-order. Music lovers are encouraged to be first in line to receive the track by visiting, https://smarturl.it/ShurwayneTrueLove

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Rihanna’s Still Working on that 9th Album. Tells Fans It’ll Be Worth The Wait.

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Would you believe it’s been four years since Barbados born, international music sensation, Rihanna released her last album. That album was called Anti, if you remember and since that time, fans worldwide, have been clamouring for the release of a ninth album. The singer however says she’s not going to put out an album just because people are anticipating one. In fact she says she’s gonna make that album worth the wait.

Rihanna spoke candidly with ET’s Rachel Smith about R9 recently. She admitted that she understands that her fans are n desperate need of her new music, but she’s making it worth the wait.

“I am always working on music,” said the artist, however she explained, “when I am ready to put it out in the way that I feel fit, it’s gonna come out. And you’re not going to be disappointed when it happens. It’s going to be worth it.”

Fifteen years ago Rihanna released her debut album, “Pon de Replay.” “I’m 15 years older. I thought that was just a few years ago, now it’s like a decade plus,” she reminisced during the video chat. The 32-year-old said she is really grateful to still be here and able to expand on other ventures. ” It’s been fun and I can’t even complain,” she said.

The Fenty Beauty entrepreneur will launch her new skincare line, Fenty Skin tomorrow, exclusively via FentySkin.com. Rappers A$ap Rocky, Lil Nas X, and supermodel Paloma Elsesser all appear in the campaign.

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