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The Bassman – The Mighty Shadow Passes On.

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Another legend has left the earth. The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most unique calypsonians passed away at hospital this morning. He was 77 years old.

Word of his death has since spread like wildfire on social media as many send their condolences to family, friends and members of the cultural fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago.

Shadow was well admired for his unique style of vocal and stage execution. Always donning black, the veteran artist would wow crowds with simple theatrics and a bounce that many will forever know as “The Shadow”.

A former Road March King of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Bailey contributed many carnival anthems during his career. In 1974 he had stolen the Road March race with a song called “Bassman” and in 2001 he did it again with “Stranger”. But beyond that, Shadow’s delivery of songs like “Poverty is Hell” spoke to the psyche of the nation’s people. EBUZZTT has learnt that the calypsonian was due to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies this week. He is said to have died this morning at the Mt. Hope Hospital after suffering a stroke on Saturday.

 

 

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Machel Rubs Shoulders with International Celebs. Fans Defend Him.

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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. One radio personality made a point on Wednesday, of telling listeners that he felt Machel Montano was pretty much acting like a groupie when he attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week. All this because the superstar soca artiste who has collaborated with the likes of Doug E Fresh, Ashanti and Shaggy, had taken and posted a lot of celebrity pics, post event.

Fans are however supporting the Soca Taipan, saying it’s good to see that Machel, being a Caribbean megastar, is also a fan of artistes and isn’t afraid to express that feeling. Montano met and took photos with Rihanna, Pharell, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill and Megan the Stallion who recently signed with ROC Nation.

On the heels of that event and Montano’s social media photo explosion, came his appearance on the Girls Cruise reality TV show. Fellow soca artist, Rome is a part of the show’s full time production and showcased Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2019 season, to major cast members Chilli of TLC, Lil Kim, BSimone and Maya among others. The episode aired last weekend, saw appearance during by Machel and Alison Hinds during a yacht party. Montano even performed.

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Erphaan Alves Will Release His ‘Proudest’ Project Tonight.

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He’s ambitious! Erphaan Alves is adamant that he will take the Soca genre global. He made a point of launching the effort dubbed the No Seasons Project after Carnival 2019, promising to deliver new music regularly. Other artistes like Iwer George promised to do the same, but thus far, Nailah Blackman has been the one Soca artiste who’s delivered new music consistently.

Tonight, Erphaan Alves’ continues his commitment to delivering soca year round. A brand new single and video will be released – another track post carnival – the young entertainer having released, “Lock On” in May this year. Erphaan says this project forms part of his soca story and effectively strengthens his mission to take the genre to global audiences.

Erphaan Alves wants to take Soca music to global audiences.

On Instagram, Alves said the production and delivery of new Soca music post carnival, by artistes, would essentially lead to more interest by fans, more local soca events, increased market activity and essentially, increased global appeal. His launch later tonight, takes place at Buzz Bar located at One Woodbrook Place in Port-of-Spain.

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