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Swappi Deserved to Win. Artiste Breaks Down. Here’s Why!

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Swappi, like many other Soca entertainers, endured a period of drought. His success years prior, seemingly faded and despite continued efforts to sway the minds of DJs and the keepers of the airwaves, for approximately three years, he became disenchanted, questioning his future in the soca industry.

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Fast forward to 2019, the artiste, with his ‘Doi Doi’ refrain powerfully perfected, took T&T by storm. The song came out of the Ultimate Rejects’ camp and was definitely one of the most played, and most enjoyed by fete lovers all season long. Swappi’s marketing of himself also invigorated his appeal. Teaming up with Trinidad and Tobago menswear designer, Ecliff Elie, the artiste looked the part of a confident, empowered, Soca champion. Many of his looks showed off his toned physical structure, giving his female fans much to enjoy. His on stage persona however, was perfectly suited to the hysteria desired by Soca loving Caribbean men, who would easily agree to the lyrics, “we goin’ by de bar again….to get liquor in we head.” Like magic, Swappi cemented his space in the Soca industry again in 2019.

Swappi wore clothing designed by T&T designer Ecliff Elie
throughout Carnival 2019.

He says he takes his crown seriously and will represent T&T with honor. “Within all my celebrations, I am taking time to reflect on my past and thank God for bringing me through such a rough time.” Swappi expressed gratitude to designer Ecliff Elie, calling him a genuinely good man and applauding his professionalism. Finally, he told young, aspiring soca artistes the truth.

“People who love music and people who are striving to do soca music, let tell you this… it is not an easy road, it is no bed of roses. It is very tough. It can make you feel frustrated at times but once that talent is inside of you, nobody and no one can stop you. Nobody can take that away from you because it is God given and once there is life, there is always hope. That talent is yours. People can say what they want, but once there is life, there is always hope.” – SWAPPI.

Swappi performed in Toronto, Canada, at the Return Fete on the weekend. Take a look :

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Buju Banton Has Touched Down in Trinidad ahead of I Am Legend Festival this Sunday.

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Buju Banton arrived at the old Piarco International Airport, via private jet a short while ago. His aircraft landed to much fan fare as media and officials from High Frequency entertainment welcomed him.

Buju’s entry into Trinidad was without hiccup and now the artiste is set for his major return to Trinidad and Tobago’s concert capital, Queens Park Savannah on Sunday. He gave no interviews upon his arrival but smiled happily with those who were there to greet him. High Frequency Entertainment is promising an incredible festival event. Caribbean Art, Craft and Cuisine, added to Caribbean music that even includes the likes of Kes the Band and other amazing local hit makers, will be showcased.

Buju’s arrival into T&T has been highly charged. Take a look at his entry into Piarco.

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Buju Cleared for T&T Entry. Private Jet Arrives on Friday. Watson Speaks Out.

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Trinidad and Tobago is bursting at the seams with excitement as the I Am Legend Festival headlined by Buju Banton, is just days away. An official advisory from the Ministry of National Security today highlighted that Buju, along with Luciano and Wayne Wonder had all been cleared for entry into Trinidad and Tobago by the Chief Immigration Officer.

Buju Banton is free to enter Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.

There was some concern last week after an announcement was made by the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, indicating that he had not seen documents related to any request for Buju to be allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago. It was subsequently reported that High Frequency Entertainment- the promotional outfit that will host Buju and his friends at the I Am Legend Festival on Sunday, had in fact submitted documents to the Ministry of National Security since November 2018. They re-submitted the request and received notice of authorization on Wednesday.

Ebuzztt.com understands that Buju will arrive in T&T via private jet on Friday. The artiste’s last visit to Trinidad was in 2009 when he performed at that year’s I Am Legend concert at the very same venue, the concert capital- Queen’s Park Savannah. “There is something mystical and magical about this occasion. It’s been exactly 10 years since Buju last performed here. He’s received so much support from the people of Trinidad and Tobago over the years and there is no doubt that he is grateful for all the love that’s been shown, over the years,” said High Frequency Entertainment CEO, Glenroy Watson.

Buju Banton was last experienced in concert, in Trinidad, in 2009.

The stage is set for what Watson assures, will be a memorable show of love and unity at the Savannah on Easter Sunday. Tourist arrivals to T&T, according to Watson, has soared in the past few days and is expected to increase further, in the next day or two. “There’s no doubt in our minds that this festival is an attraction to Trinidad at this time. It’s an economic booster and I’m happy to deliver this to my country,” he said. He however expressed disappointment in the corporate sector, explaining that most of his expenses have been satisfied out of pocket. “It’s not an easy road as Buju said, but with God at the helm, I’m guaranteeing everyone that this festival will continue annually- corporate sponsorship or not,” said Watson, highlighting that despite all that this event has done and will do, to boost local employment for the period, increase tourist arrivals, earn foreign exchange for the country and so much else, he has received no major sponsorship or government support for the benefits T&T will essentially reap.

Koffee makes her T&T debut on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah for the I Am Legend Festival. The youths are anxious to catch her live.

The I Am Legend Festival is the biggest event of its kind to hit T&T, in recent years. Buju Banton’s name wields tremendous weight in these parts with even youths below 18 years of age, eager to experience the reggae hit maker, live. Banton, best known to many as simply, Gargamel, will be joined on stage by young star on the rise, Koffee, veteran reggae stalwart, Luciano, melody maker, Wayne Wonder and of course, Singing Melody, Tony Curtis and LUST.

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