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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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Youngins Reach For Vintage Heavyweights As Carnival 2020 Looms.

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There’s nothing like a good oldie to bring some spice to the arena. It’s been done before, nothing really new here, but it’s certainly worth the highlight when big names like Lord Nelson and Calypso Rose, drop those jewels, springing ’em on the beauties of today, Nailah Blackman and Patrice Roberts.

Last month, Nailah, the artiste who’s been keeping tongues talking for some time, teamed up with the globally respected Calypso Queen, Calypso Rose to unleash ‘Baila Baila’. The single is featured on Calypso Rose’s album ‘Calypso Rose and Friends.’ “I’m so happy to be a part of the Calypso Rose and Friends EP. Mama Rose is such an inspiration to me and it’s been a dream project to have her remix my first ever solo project, ‘Baila Mami,” Blackman said in the aftermath of the tune’s release in October.

Patrice shows off her vintage appeal.

Mere weeks later, another powerful female soca artiste has turned to an icon in the Calypso arena. Lord Nelson, the man who gave the world hits like, ‘Disco Daddy’ and ‘We Like It’ among countless others, is today being publicised like he hasn’t in some time, this as Patrice Roberts released their collaborative track, ‘Wha Ya Know’, after heightened pre-promotion on the weekend.

The new single offers a vintage reminder of what the Carnival experience of years gone by, offered patrons. The song highlights the difference in the feting culture of the past as compared to the ‘posing’ culture adopted to a great degree in T&T, today.

Check out the new single and let us know what you think!

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Jamaica’s Koffee Nominated for A Grammy Award. Youth Could Steal the Show!

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Nineteen-year-old Jamaican reggae artist, Koffee has been nominated by the Grammy nomination committee for her first Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category. It’s the first nomination for the Spanish Town native who is the youngest solo reggae act to have gotten a nomination in the category.

Koffee is going head to head with Julian Marley with “As I Am,” Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics with “The Final Battle” and Third World with “More Work To Be Done” which was produced by Damian Marley.

This is Koffee’s first nomination for a Grammy Award. The EP was also her debut.

The young entertainer released her debut EP, ‘Rapture’ in March this year. She appeared at major concerts which featured Buju Banton and other prominent acts, in the aftermath of the EP’s release, promoting her music and offering fans, especially in the Caribbean, a better opportunity to feel her vibe. In Trinidad in April, when Buju headlined the I Am Legend concert, Koffee was added to the cast much to the anticipation of her younger fan base. Her momentum never slowed and she never disappointed. Fast forward to November and the young, positive influencer is showing signs of musical greatness for many years to come.

Other Jamaican entertainers who have enjoyed Grammy Award success are Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Damian Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear, among others.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled for January 26, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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