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Archived: The Countdown is On. Redemption Concert #5 Promises to Ignite Love in T&T.

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In one month, Trinidad and Tobago will welcome four of Reggae Music’s most celebrated entertainers. Tarrus Riley, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure and Mikey Spice have been hired for what many anticipate will be the reggae concert event of the year, in Trinidad and Tobago. The show, set for June 2nd, is being held at the Queen’s Park Savannah- a venue known as the epicenter of massive stage shows, pure vibes and an all natural outdoor atmosphere that most people prefer.

Tarrus Riley is on his way to Trinidad and Tobago for Redemption, in one month.

Organizers of the show told EBUZZTT the artistes were all chosen because of their strong desire to promote love, peace and goodness. Both Jah Cure and Beres Hammond have been to Trinidad and Tobago for concerts, repeatedly but like fine wine, they both seem to get better with each passing year, often wowing their fans to the point of true uninhibited abandon.

“These are artistes who can hold their own in any arena. These are seasoned reggae musicians who understand the needs of music lovers. They also take their responsibility as artistes, seriously. They know what social responsibility means and they live up to their songs’ lyrics.” – EVENT ORGANISER

Mikey Spice also visits this time around, and with a number of love ballads that will certainly encourage that feel good vibe, this new comer to ‘Redemption” will, according to the show’s promoter, leave a lasting impression. Also taking the stage at this year’s edition of the concert, will be Mr. Singy, Singy himself, Tarrus Riley. “He’s an amazing performer. We know he’ll deliver like only he can,” said the spokesperson.

Tickets for Redemption are said to be going fast and online, the buzz surrounding the event is high. For further information, click here. 

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Kes the Band Not Suing Apple or Remi Wolf.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band is not filing litigation proceedings against tech giant Apple, or US artist, Remi Wolf. A statement on the matter has been issued by the band.

Earlier this week, news broke that Kees and his team would be initiating litigation against Wolf over the similarity of the lyric “Hello” in Wolfe’s track “Hello Hello Hello,” which has been used by Apple for their new iPhone commercial.

“While we too have noted the similarity, we do not intend to take legal action against Apple, Remi Wolf or Island Records. However, we do wish to use this moment to call attention to the global resonance of soca music,” the statement reads.

The band explains that while borrowers of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural capital have sometimes credited the original sources, in many instances they have not. “Similarly, interpretations of our music have often gained access to promotion and corporate investment that is simply not afforded to our own local musicians, producers and songwriters,” it continues.

Rationally, the band says they hope that people from all over the world will recognize the soca/calypso genre as the treasure that it is and, when they hear aspects and elements of it in music from other places, understand and appreciate where the influences comes from. “We will always fight for the genre, and the music of Trinidad & Tobago,” the statement concludes.

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Lyrikal Gets Real. “We Gotta Find A Way to Live Through This Or We’ll End Up Homeless.”

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Soca artiste Lyrikal is coming as real as it gets. Several new songs released over the pandemic period, Lyrikal admits it hasn’t been easy. Based in New York, where the coronavirus proved to have devastating effects over the past nine months, Lyrical says the potential has been there, for many in the Entertainment industry to go into a deep state of depression.

“It’s been overwhelmingly frustrating,” he says to us in a virtual interview. “The fact that we as human beings can’t function in the manner that we’re used to mentally, emotionally and financially, we tend to do things that may seem inappropriate and irresponsible to some,” he said.

For months, as Trinidad and Tobago remained under heavy restriction as a result of the pandemic, Soca lovers and fans questioned the apparent disregard shown by some artistes for the health epidemic that has plagued the world. In our chat, Lyrikal said, “In all reality people must keep in mind that as much as it is extremely important to practice the safety measures- wearing masks, social distancing and so on, people still have to live.”

The “Freedom” singer who recently released a song called “Magical” on the Fig Leaf riddim, said nobody wants to die from Covid19, but the pandemic has changed the world. “Imagine you had $50,000 before the pandemic hit. You’ve been out of work for about six months. Your rent or mortgage, light bill, water bill, gas bill, phone bill etc hasn’t decreased. As a matter of fact all the utilities increase because you’re at home and using them more. What is your financial position in that six months with that $50,000 now? We have to be real,” he urged.

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