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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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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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5 Things Trinis Do That’ll Either Intrigue You or Make You Cringe.

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Thousands are flooding Trinidad and Tobago’s shores even as you read. It’s Carnival. The feting season’s here and in the next couple weeks, the island’s guaranteed to be overrun with tourists from around the world. Never been? Here are five words that’ll tell you all you need to know about the people of Trinidad and Tobago…. TRINBAGONIANS LIVE FOR THE THRILL.

Machel Montano will be at Army Fete 2019.

Whether it’s how Trinis fete or how they interact with visitors, the energy that embodies the people of this West Indian twin island, will mesmerize you in one way or another. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be able to get Trinidad and Tobago off your mind.

We’ll get you started with 5 things Trinbagonians do that will either make you smile and want give it a try, or give you the heebie jeebies. If you’re American, you’re guaranteed to get where we’re coming from. For those who aren’t… the replacement phrase would be uncomfortably nervous. Here goes:

1. Trinbagonians drink alcohol in the streets, unhindered and unbridled. There are no laws against it.


2. They take carnival loans. Now, while in the Western world or anywhere credit equates to life, this act would be questioned, in Trinidad and Tobago, a carnival loan simply taken to “enjoy the season”, is a norm.


3. The impromptu J’ouvert potty stop doesn’t always mean an indoor toilet stop. We’ll leave that one to your imagination. Just note that at Carnival, there’s usually a no holds barred kind of attitude to life.


4. Ketchup is a staple condiment to most street food and even home cooked meals like ‘pelau’. So, while in North America, a ketchup bottle would never accompany a pizza slice, the exact opposite takes place in these parts. In fact, Trinbagonians now add a slew of other condiments to their food… like garlic sauce and shadow beni sauce. Get with it! FAST.


5. Spending exorbitant amounts to see the same artistes you’d see at a $200 fete, just to say, “I went to _______ fete” for “the experience” is another norm here. According to some, Trinidad and Tobago just isn’t a real place. We’ll leave the rest to you, now… Have fun!

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