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Smooth Dives Into Dancehall. Encourages Versatility.

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Entertainment’s a mainstay for Caribbean people. Music’s the language we all speak and no matter the genre, the rhythms have a way of making the world know it’s uniquely Caribbean. In Trinidad and Tobago, the entertainers come a dime a dozen but there are some who fall off the grid sooner than others. For radio personality turned recording artiste, Smooth, he’s going full speed ahead, with no intension of stopping when it comes to delivering music. 

He’s given his audiences on radio, on television and online, entertainment beyond their wildest imagination. The possibilities have proven limitless when it comes to his content and with a radio talk show that’s been rated #1 on Urban radio for the past few years in Trinidad and Tobago, Smooth’s self confidence has ultimately skyrocketed. Like several radio personalities, the young East Trinidad native branched into the next obvious thing after radio- music recording. He’s been a part of theentertainment industry for the better part of 15 years, hearing the beats, melodies and rhythms that create euphoria, and now those moments spent listening and observing has generated a personal willingness and eagerness to bring an awakened vibe to the circuit. 

Smooth has released a single called, ‘Action’- a dancehall, summer track, perfect for the Caribbean summer boat rides and backyard cook outs overseas. “It’s my first dancehall,” he says, matter-of-factly. He knows it won’t be his last. For this young entertainment lover, being a part of the music industry in this format, was almost inevitable. In the past he’s teamed up with soca producers like Martian Music and others but this time around, Smooth sought the assistance of Bing Bang Studioz and Millbeatz Entertainment. The track, which sits on the ‘Jam It’ riddim is laced with commands for the ladies, injecting the fuel for many who’ll undeniably move to the infectious beat when the weekend vibe spikes. 

The young entertainer says he’s excited about his ambitious thrust into the music-recording arena. He says he hopes his openness to explore all genres of music will encourage others to do the same. “I love soca music but that doesn’t mean I won’t open my mind and try other genres. I don’t think music should be held back. It’s art and it’s one of the living frameworks of our lives. What’s expressed in a song today could be the start of something that changes our view of things, in the future. Music is that powerful,” he said. 

The new single is available on YouTube and other digital music mediums. A video for the track will be released in August. For more, follow the artist’s journey @trinimrsmooth on Instagram.

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Buzz Heightens Ahead of IslandBeats Super Concert. CARIFESTA Heats Up.

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Trinidad and Tobago is all the rave these days, this as the CARIFESTA XIV is being staged across the twin island Republic. People from around the Caribbean and even internationally are in T&T, experiencing the cultural experience, which kicked off on August 16th and ends on August 25th.

A number of free public events are being staged, including Caribbean film screenings and cultural symposiums. The most anticipated event however is the Island Beats Super Concert, which takes place on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah. The mega concert will be headlined by Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and the King of Soca himself, Machel Montano. The iconic Calypso Rose, Guadeloupe’s Kassav and three time International Soca Monarch King, Voice are also in the lineup.

The Island Beats Concert is the only paid event on the Carifesta itinerary but with a cast that’s jam packed with unmatchable talent, many are anticipating this showcase of true Caribbean sweetness. Tickets for the IslandBeats super concert start at $300 with Platinum VIP deck tickets being sold for $1000 at NLCB outlets across the country.

Shaggy has not performed in Trinidad and Tobago in a number of years. His performance is highly anticipated and culture lovers are eagerly awaiting performances by Kassav and Calypso Rose and the other amazing Caribbean cultural ambassadors on the cast. Get your tickets now.

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Rude Boy Orlando Takes On The Bad Boys. Attacks Senseless Rivalry.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s having a hard time arresting an out of control crime situation. Two rival gangs are at the core of many murders on the twin island, a situation that has led to lessened economic investment and consistent travel warnings to international destination seekers. One young, talented artist is speaking up and unlike others, he’s pointing out the perpetrators without fear of persecution.

Orlando Octave hails from Rio Claro, South Trinidad. He’s proven to be a faithful believer in the biblical scripture, having given fans insight into his spiritual journey, over time. The young entertainer has been to Israel, tracing the bible’s teachings and often sharing his experiences with his fans. His latest music release is a far cry from songs like, ‘Single,’ ‘ Berlin’ and ‘ Church Gyal’ – Soca tracks he’s delivered in the past.

Octave’s highlight of the Rasta City and Muslim gangs’ ongoing anarchy and it’s senseless negative effects on Trinidad and Tobago’s population, has placed him in a category that includes celebrated entertainers who’ve used their platform to highlight societal issues- artistes like David Rudder, The Mighty Shadow and Singing Sandra.

Octave started his music career in the Calypso arena. The storytelling genre, for many years proved effective for artistes who mounted stages across Trinidad and Tobago to decry the actions or inaction of empowered governments. Octave’s reggae infused track, ‘UniTTy’ is pretty much aimed at doing the same, delving deep into the core of a societal problem that is quickly destroying a land once prided as paradise on earth.

In recent time Orlando Octave has been a part of a positive clique of artistes, among them Sizzla Kalonji, Marlon Asher and IzaacKing, who’ve been preaching positivity as much as they can, via the music they deliver to the masses.

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