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Sweet Music On the Orange Peel Riddim Arrives and Soca Lovers Are Lapping It Up.

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Leon Coldero is the Executive Producer of the Orange Peel Riddim.

Miami Carnival on the horizon, new music ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 Carnival season is just about ready to take over the airwaves. Clearly aware of soca lovers’ need to feel the energy of the artistes who’ll make their feting experience a thrilling one, the young, energetic team of music producers at the Black Carpet Movement, have hit the ground running.

With a brand new riddim aimed at healing any negative vibes, and inspiring some goodness heading into the Greatest Show on Earth next year, the main man at BCM, Kyle Noel explained that the name, ‘Orange Peel’ was chosen to describe the riddim. According to Noel, “Orange Peel is a well known home remedy in Caribbean communities and households, and BCM certainly plans on delivering music that will heal wounds of the past, heading into C2K19”.

It’s a good play on words considering the fact that many, over the past few years, have expressed concern over Trinidad and Tobago’s damning crime rate, hopeful that good energy will once again prevail across the nation.

Miami based entertainer, Leon Coldero who is the Executive Producer of the riddim, continues this year with inroads onto the Soca circuit. While he has been known for many years as a heavyweight in the Soca Parang fraternity, he is by no means a stranger to soca. In fact, Leon Coldero’s name should be widely respected, having been a frontline member of two major Caribbean soca bands- those being Sound Revolution and subsequently over an eight- year period, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires.

This year, Coldero is busy at home in Trinidad, working with multiple producers and songwriters, eager to deliver to fans, music they’ll truly enjoy for Carnival 2019. Coldero’s single on the Orange Peel riddim is called, “Act Normal,” and with perfect melodic execution, Coldero undoubtedly nails it. He is joined by fellow artistes Imani Ray, who has a track called “Doh Stick”, Jerome who delivers,“Drunk Off Da Body” and finally, Leon’s 10-year-old daughter, JessaLee Marley who sings “Soca”, making the riddim a solid piece of musical work, truly worthy of credit.

The Black Carpet Movement is steadily apace, creating beats and melodies that many artistes are enjoying behind the scenes.

For Leon Coldero, working with this vibrant team of musicians and others like them, is imperative to ensuring that he remains a part of a cultural arena he loves with everything in him.

Check out Leon’s track on the Orange Peel riddim:

 

 

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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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Nailah’s Sick! Here’s Why.

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Not in the literal sense.

Nailah Blackman

Ok… ok… let’s clear this up. The soca hottie’s in need of no pill or treatment. Nailah’s perfectly healthy but she’s got a sick ambition that’s almost guaranteed to take her on a whirlwind career adventure. Truth be told, female artistes in the Caribbean’s less structured music industry, often find themselves falling victim to the rigors of their reality. It’s really not as glamorous as they make it look on social media. Nailah Blackman’s however in the running to becoming one of the caribbean’s biggest superstars if she continues to play her cards right.

Here’s why we say that!

  1. Nailah’s got grit. Unlike every other female soca artiste in the business, Nailah’s stuck to her goal of delivering music the people will enjoy year round. She isn’t getting caught up in the politics of the music business, and since she kicked off her career just about two years ago, she’s remained consistent.
  2. She understands the power of Social Media. In a world where social media platforms are ruining lives, perpetuating violence and encouraging gossip and vanity, Nailah’s using it all to her advantage. She’s got her fan accounts, her hashtag game on lock and she’s filling in all the Caribbean entertainment gaps with posts on all the trending platforms, which essentially keeps the buzz on her, constantly.
  3. She’s focused on upping her game. Now, the harsh truth of the entertainment industry is that from the moment you stop trying to be the best, you fall all the way to the back of the class. In the Caribbean especially, the odds are harshly against the rise of female entertainers. For Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, Destra Garcia, Spice, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Nessa Preppy and the lot of gals in the race, consistency and development is imperative. In her short time at the forefront of the music industry, Blackman’s team has secured her placement at the BET Awards, Coachella and other top tiered industry events. She’s been to Jamaica Carnival and several other major Carnival related events worldwide. Truth is, she picked up steam and she has never slowed down.
  4. Nailah’s interested in meaningful collaborations. Maybe she’s a true believer in the Law of Attraction but it seems like this has been working to her advantage. Nailah’s been on a relationship building drive. Her collaborations, in a very short space of time with artistes like Kees, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Sekon Sta and Erphaan Alves, Tarrus Riley and Ding Dong have proven incredibly effective. She’s pretty much been building a catalogue of music that’s unparalleled while at the same time, benefitting from powerful networks. Now, she’s on to creating her debut album, outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
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