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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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Protoje’s Inside. Grammy Nominee Reverts to the ‘Rounds’ as He Delivers New Music, Talks Social Media and more.

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It’s the kind of song everyone needs to hear. For an artiste like Protoje, dubbed one of the architects of reggae’s revival movement, it’s really nothing new. He’s been preaching positive from the very beginning. This time around, the artiste, who was nominated for the 2018 Best Reggae Album Grammy award with, ‘A Matter of Time’, teamed up with Jamaica’s Agent Sasco and Lila Ike for what turned out to be something pretty special.

Last week, he touched down in Trinidad. He’s been making the media rounds, highlighting the new track, ‘Not Another Word’ – a song that’s come complete with the right visuals to engage. He’s no newcomer, he understands the power of visibility, the respect of social media marketing and the essence of immediate connection, but truth be told, Protoje sure wishes life were simpler.

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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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