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Terri Lyons Has A Lot on Her Mind. Her Heart Hurts For Soca and Culture.

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She has given us great music. Whether the songs she’s delivered time and time again, have made it to the mainstream soca circuit in Trinidad and Tobago, is another story. For Terri Lyons, her fight to maintain the true sound of the Soca genre, is more important. She believes we’re losing the essence of what Soca is, altering the sound a bit too much, something she says will have adverse effects for the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, in years to come.

Terri Lyons wants youths to be educated from early childhood, on the various cultural elements of Trinidad and Tobago.

EBUZZTT.COM spoke with the younger of SuperBlue’s two daughters in entertainment, recently. She admitted that evolution, while often hard to accept, is essentially inevitable, but lamented that while much is changing about Soca music’s sound, the attitude of the population when it comes to accepting the genre’s worth and that of the artistes who give so much of themselves, to keep it going, is not changing. “One thing that isn’t changing much is our attitude toward our own culture- to us, to keeping our heritage and history alive,” said the younger Lyons. She wants the people of Trinidad and Tobago particularly, to defend the genre more. Lyons is also calling on the powers that be, to play a more instrumental role in influencing the youth from a young age, to appreciate the culture of the country. “Every school in T&T should have a pan room- a properly sound proofed pan room. That is our national instrument. That is something we should have. We have no respect,” said a passionate Lyons.

The young mother of one who doubles up as a frontline vocalist with Nadia Batson’s all female band, SASS, says while many people would not want to hear what she has to say on this topic, she feels Trinidad and Tobago places more effort on promoting foreign artists that they do, their own. “A lot is changing but again I say, the attitude toward our own culture, isn’t. There is just too much back biting in the industry and a lack of appreciation for the artistes,” she argued.

Lyons has teamed up with Grenada’s Mr. Killa on a brand new single ahead of Carnival 2019.

Terri has released a new single with Grenada’s Mr. Killa. The track which is called, “Wey Yuh Dey” is described as a call for all Caribbean people to show the rest of the world, just how hard islanders party. The track is laced with Afro beats and rides the Afro Jab riddim. She certainly isn’t against collaborations and fusing the sounds of the Caribbean, but for Lyons, the heartbeat of Soca must not be sacrificed for global appeal. She says when it comes to the soca music genre, she feels there should be no compromises and the world should know it as Soca- regardless of how it’s spelt. She says any attempt to change the name of the genre, which was birthed in Trinidad and Tobago, is disrespectful and should never be accepted.

Her only son, Mathias, a major driving force in her life, Terri is calling for more to be done in the school system in Trinidad and Tobago, to educate the impressionable youth on the history of T&T’s culture. “Kids in school need to be educated about our culture. They know more about Fetty Wap and Lil Uzi, than they know about Kitchener and Sparrow or Cro Cro, or Shadow. We have to start to educate the kids from young,” she pleaded.

Lyons said it is sad that many of this country’s foundation artistes, on whose shoulders soca music was borne, are not being respected in the land of their birth. “We talk a lot of big talk about this and that, but the people in charge really aren’t doing anything,” she said.

CHECK OUT TERRI’S NEW SINGLE WITH MR. KILLA.  

 

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Fay Ann Takes Charge of The International Soca Monarch Competition. ‘Power’ Segment Will Return. Blaxx, Patrice, Swappi Praise Decision.

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Things just got interesting. “Power is back”- the words of 38-year-old Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, in the wake of news that she’d been appointed to head the International Soca Monarch Competition. Her new portfolio will afford her the opportunity to make strategic changes, to better the show, as seen fit.

The announcement, made by National Carnival Commission Chairman, Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, Lyons-Alvarez’s uncle, has since gone viral. Peters has also disclosed that while finances to be allocated to the competition, have not yet been decided, the event’s semi finals will return to the Arima Velodrome, while the finals will take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Lyons-Alvarez last took part in the competition in 2011. To this day, she remains the only female to have ever won the Power leg of the competition. Both she and her husband, Bunji Garlin, removed themselves from the competition, citing unfavorable contractual stipulations in the ISM contract at the time.

Blaxx Praises ViQueen’s Appointment

Blaxx

In an immediate response on the appointment, fellow soca artiste, Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart said a better person could not have been chosen for the post. “Personally I had no intentions of going back into the Soca Monarch but, I think having senior artistes in the competition is very beneficial to the culture. I will say this, I will be entering this year! Just the mere fact that Fay Ann is running it, I can vouch, she is one of the most astute, straight up persons in this business,” said Blaxx. He said while many criticized her, he felt that Fay Ann would do the best job at handling the competition.

“She is a no grin, no smile person. I don’t care how the other artists feel but brother, what a choice! That girl will be one hell of an administrator. I am one of the oldest artistes in the industry and I will say this : they could not have made a better choice.”- Blaxx

Separately, Blaxx said he was certain that Gypsy too, would do a great job at the helm of the NCC. He spoke of Grenada’s Soca Monarch competition, saying that the Spice Isle has made their competition a part of the island’s tourism product and it has been tremendously successful. “A lot of our things that we have taken for granted, they have made it amazing,” he said.

Patrice Roberts, Swappi, Give The Thumbs Up to Fay Ann’s Appointment.

Patrice Roberts

Meanwhile, fellow female soca heavyweight, Patrice Roberts in a quick chat with EBUZZTT while working out at the gym, said she was happy to see a female now standing at the helm of such a major carnival competition.

“I think she has what it takes to take Soca Monarch where it could possibly be. She has been in the industry and in Soca monarch for a while and I am honestly happy for her and even more happy to see a female being the chairman of the ISM.” – Patrice Roberts.

Patrice, who has unleashed a slew of hits for Carnival 2019, said she could not confirm whether she would be taking part in the competition. She said her head had not been on that, when we spoke with her.

Swappi

Likewise, Swappi, who has been having a pretty incredible pre-carnival 2019 season, said he is very happy and confident that Fay Ann Lyons will do a great job. ” There is no ifs, ands or maybes. I know she will do a great job. She always strikes gold at everything she does. She is a warrior. She has a warrior’s spirit in her. I can afford to say Power Soca is back and the whole energy of the competition is back!” He said he is still unsure as to whether he would re-enter, having been emotionally affected by previous years of inclusion in the competition.

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Tribe Ice Sets Things In Motion. De T’ing Start.

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We’re not gonna review any fetes. That’s honestly for you the patron to do, all on your own. The reality is, every person experiences a fete in his own way. Three people may attend the same fete and have completely different perspectives. Now, direct from EBUZZTT’s lens, here are a few things we peeped at Tribe Ice, which was held at the Queen’s Park Savannah this past Saturday night.

Shal Marshal at Tribe Ice.

Fetters Do Not Want Long Winded Performances.


The days of telling crowds to do this and do that, are long gone. Soca artistes we are here to tell you that your job has gotten a hell of a lot easier! We know you want to see crowds get wild- jump, wave and misbehave, but the truth is, there are no WASA, Fire or Licensing fetes that once encouraged that vibe, anymore. The last of the mohicans is Army Fete, so save all the long-winded stage antics for Army Fete on Friday, February 22nd. It was awesome to see acts like Shal Marshall, Vaughn and Nailah Blackman execute with consideration to this reality on Saturday night at Tribe Ice.

The Women of Soca Are All Showing off The Goods.


Nadia Batson’s already having a phenomenal season. Her hit, “So Long” has possibly guaranteed her a place at every fete this season, and beyond. Added to that, the sultry beauty is claiming her space among the Soca hotties, reveling in the saucy sexual splendor of her physical structure and showing fans, she’s just as hot as the rest, if not hotter! On Saturday night at Tribe Ice, Nadia boldly took the stage in a white outfit that left very little to the imagination. She was in charge and she feared nothing. A veteran in the game, Batson, who was once a part of Kes The Band, has been at the fore of the soca industry for many years, and knows just how to make crowds shake. She proved it this past weekend!

Machel Montano’s Often in The Mix, Chillin.

Machel Montano may not have graced the stage at Tribe Ice on Sunday morning, like Erphaan Alves, Teddyson John, Vaughn, Nadia and Nailah, but he certainly was at the event. The artiste was photographed in the Committee area with fashion designer, Neil Young. Machel’s presence continues to be a thrilling sight for many at carnival time and while he may not be on the cast at all carnival fetes, it’s highly likely that the ‘Toco Loco’ singer will be seen mingling and having fun, when stage isn’t on his agenda.

Now, all this said, there are some rumblings in various circles that Tribe Ice 2019 still lacked the kind of feting spirit once synonymous with T&T carnival. Truth be told, it’s been missing for some time. Sadly, Fay Ann Lyons’ ‘Feel Good’ on the Foli Riddim wasn’t on the DJs list of “must plays” for the night, obviously diminishing any hope of reminding folks to put away their phones and just FETE! Now, onto the next!

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