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This Band Is Going Nine Years Strong. Their Vibe is Definitely IT!



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Today marks a very special occasion. One of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean’s well known music bands celebrates its ninth anniversary. The A Team Band, managed by Zarin Morean, with frontline acts, Eddie Charles, Kerlz and D Soca Trainer, have proven that they’re well able when it comes to representing the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, in any arena.

Morean says the journey that has led to this ninth year, has not been easy, and thanks the band’s musicians for their every effort, sleepless nights and their undying commitment to the goal.

The A Team Band has become somewhat of a staple to Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival landscape. In the past few years, the band has been chosen to support numerous artistes, among them, Patrice Roberts, Shal Marshall, Ricardo Drue, Lil Bitts and many others, at events locally, regionally and internationally. “There were times when we could have given up,” said Morean, recalling the early years of the band’s existence. The A Team Band’s musicians had been a part of another unit prior to the formation of A Team. “During their rehearsals with the Soca Unit band, back in the day at Question Mark Entertainment, the members all agreed that the band leader’s direction was not in line with what they wanted at that time,” explained Zarin. He said the members envisioned a more youthful, energetic vibe. “They decided to change their course and I was one of the people around them at that time. I was asked to manage the new band and I’ve been on board ever since,” he explained.

The A Team Band has performed across the world. One of the events Zarin says stands out was the band’s performance in Germany for the Bon Fire Festival. “It was a festival with all kinds of bands from all around the world and The A Team was called to be a part of it. It really was a proud moment to represent Trinidad and Tobago at that Bon Fire Festival in Germany,” he said.

Not As Simple As It Looks.

The A Team Band is, above all, a dedicated unit. Music Director, Miguel Charles and engineer, Brennon Virgil are credited by Zarin for their musical direction. “To get to where we are now, we’ve had to commit ourselves to very long hours- learning every song from the artistes and getting it to where the artistes themselves, want it to be,” he noted. He said a lot of tweaking takes place by Charles and Virgil. “They both have keen musical ears,” said Morean.

Excited for 2023

Carnival 2023 in Trinidad and Tobago, less than eight months away, The A Team Band is gearing up for the excitement. Morean says the focus at this time is to equip the band’s frontline artistes with their own music. “We’re working with Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop, Zan, Kitch (Kernal Roberts) and Chinese Laundry, to make this a reality,” he explained, also assuring that the band’s 2022 Engine Room production will also be expanded. Further to that, Zarin said the band’s members are looking forward to working alongside YUMA and Chocolate City for the next season. “We really need to bring back that live music element on the road. I’m seeing it happening and I think that’s a good thing.”

Cheers to the A Team Band! The journey has only just begun!

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Rihanna Makes it to The Olympics.



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Barbados’ gem, Rihanna will be gracing the 2024 Paris Olympics.

No. She isn’t on the relay team, nor is she participating in the shot put event, but she’s sure about to spice up the faces of the athletes who will.

On Thursday, the ‘Love on the Brain’ singer announced that she’d sealed a deal with the 2024 Paris Olympics. “Tried to tell y’all… we outside all 2024!!! PROUD to announce that @FentyBeauty is a premium partner of the Olympic AND Paralympic Games baby!!! #FentyxParis2024,” wrote the global superstar, beneath a photo post.

According to reports, the Fenty Beauty/ Paris Olympics deal is a multi-million dollar, first of its kind deal that will see Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty brand, provide the glam and beauty for those participating in the 2024 Olympics.

Rihanna recently unveiled her her Fenty Hair brand. The product reviews have been pretty good and it is likely that the boss mom will continue her upward trajectory in the business world.

According to a press release, Fenty Beauty will provide makeup kits and tutorials for 600 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 21 who will present medals at the games. The kit will include popular Fenty Beauty products including the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer and the Eaze Drop Lit All-Over Glow Enhancer.

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Island Lime Magazine Set to Take Caribbean Energy to Global Heights.



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Both hard copy and digital, IslandLime Magazine’s on a mission. In the ever-expanding world that we now occupy, efforts continue to share the most authentic Caribbean energy, with everyone outside the Diaspora. It’s not a new idea but the man behind it has all the gumption it takes to make it make sense.

Simon Baptiste believes in the Caribbean potential.

Simon Baptiste says his team’s vision is to create a global platform that allows for the stories of Caribbean creators and creatives, to be shared with people around the world – people who are anxious to discover more about the heartbeat of the region. “Although we recognize the importance of what goes on within our region, there are also hundreds of tales – fiction and non fiction, being crafted by islanders in territories that stretch from North America ti Australia,” he said in a recent Ebuzztt chat. “It’s our job to reveal the players and the art.”

The magazine’s official launch took place on July 4th in Port- of- Spain, Trinidad and featured performances by Key DeVere and John G. In the aftermath of the launch, Simon issued a statement, thanking folks who came out in support. He explained that the rationale behind delivering the project now, lies in understanding that we – the Caribbean people, built nations. “A chain of over 700 islands, encompassing 1,063,000 square miles, has produced incomparable talent- people who have left and continue to leave an indelible mark on art, fashion, music, literature, entertainment, sports, science and technology,” he wrote. Baptiste praised his people, adding, “From Capitol Hill, to working spaces in Nairobi, to the offices of an advertising agency, Down Under, you’ll find someone who has island roots, and spreads the philosophy of what makes the Caribbean and its people so unbelievably spectacular.”

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