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This Guy’s Keeping the Flame Blazing By Hitting the Gym. Just Another Reason You Should Too.



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When a Soca artist hits any stage, he or she must be able to stand his own. Soca is not stand and watch music. It’s definitely not concert music. Soca is uptempo energy, happy energy and feel good vibes. Entertainers, many of whom deliver Power Soca singles, must prove that they have the stamina to carry their music. That’s why fitness is important in the lives of all Soca artistes.

For this lifestyle feature, we spoke with Soca superstar, Shurwayne Winchester. A man of many moods, Shurwayne’s known to bring the rhythm when it comes to carnival sweetness. He definitely ain’t too shabby when it comes to melody and groove either. Shurwayne, much like fellow entertainer, Fay-Ann Lyons Alvarez, is a frequent face at the gym. He takes his workouts very seriously and values his health. A father, the ‘Look Trouble Again’ singer told us he values his health and wellness when it comes to his family’s happiness and comfort.

Shurwayne hits the gym consistently.

A healthy lifestyle isn’t something that’s always easily achieved. In fact, for many people being consistent is a major challenge. Shurwayne told us he stays motivated to be on top of his workouts by simply thinking of his family and remaining focused on ensuring that healthy habits are routine. “I look at my family and some of the possible ailments that may be hereditary. I work towards ensuring that I kick that to the curb. I have kids looking at me for that direction too,” he said.

The entertainer who’s won multiple titles in Trinidad and Tobago, including the coveted Road march title on two occasions, said he’s also motivated by something as simple as ‘time alone.’ “My exercising helps me to de-stress. I actually use that time as personal time for just Shurwayne the person- not the artist, or the father, or the partner. As a man you sometimes need that time alone to realign and refocus,” he explained.

When it comes to his love life and the role his physical appearance has on that, he wasn’t shy in expressing that he’s motivated to look good for his partner. “I want my lady to look at me and feel a way,” he said with a laugh, ending by explaining that when it comes to working out, there’s a level of excitement that comes along with consistently hitting the gym. “It gives you an adrenaline rush that’s only really beaten by the stage, for me.”


1. Set “SMART” goals: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.

2. Don’t get pigeonholed into one type of workout. Mix it up! What works for you at one time of your life may not work at another. It’s okay to make a change if something isn’t working for you. After four weeks if you see no changes, switch to a different type of workout.

3. Make your mission public and hold yourself accountable. 

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At the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Saturday, Sizzla Kalonji and Steel Pulse were the two artistes chosen to deliver conscious music. Christopher Martin and Collie Buddz, engaged patrons with sensuality and that laid back vibe, while Super Cat, older now, tied up the visiting cast with songs reminiscent of the good ole 90’s. Trinidad and Tobago reggae hit makers, Jamelody and Mr. King delivered their energy between the sets of Collie Buddz and Sizzla Kalonji, exciting local fans equally.

Redemption 9 made good on its effort to provide patrons with ease this year, adjusting bar staff issues and catering to the complaints of long lines in that area. Additionally, parking for VIP and VVIP patrons, was fulfilled as advertised and as per usual, the Savannah grass offered General admission patrons free access to park safely. Undoubtedly one of the Caribbean’s most credible concert brands, Redemption, after nine years of promoting positive music and artistes, stood proudly amid concerns that another concert brand would directly compete for patron support. It would go without saying however that true fans of conscious reggae music would stand firm, choosing Sizzla and Steel Pulse on Saturday, June 1st.

After an early stage show by Steel Pulse – now enjoying 49 years of performance, both Collie Buddz and Christopher Martin offered their performances, but most would agree that the night belonged to Sizzla – the artiste who has led with humility and positivity for over two decades.

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