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Tobago Kicks off Its Carnival and it’s Golden Boy Wants Us To Celebrate on the Road on Both Islands.

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Tobagonians will take to the streets to parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday too.

Tobago, the smaller of the twin Island Republic that hosts the the World’s Greatest Show on Earth, has itself launched its carnival 2018 season. Last Friday, the launch took place in the capital Scarborough.

Over the years, Tobago has produced a few awesome Carnival contributors, among them, Shurwayne Winchester, Princess Adanna and of course, the Queen herself, Calypso Rose. Tobago has reportedly received $7 million TTD for funding their carnival festival, which is expected to be much the same as Trinidad’s in terms of cultural expression, but certainly on a smaller scale, to the massive parade and feting excitement that’s enjoyed for weeks on the large island.

Shurwayne Winchester’s Celebrate is in the Road March race.

Meanwhile, Tobago’s golden boy of Soca, Shurwayne Winchester remains upbeat and positive heading into the climatic days of Carnival 2018. His hit single, “Celebrate”, a track that calls on everyone to celebrate their life, no matter their circumstance, is receiving tremendous love across the airwaves.

The artiste, who has for years, delivered hits that range from Power Soca contenders, to Road March anthems and Groovy Soca melodies, remains a force in the industry, despite what people may think. Winchester, prior to Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival commencement, enjoyed bookings in various territories overseas, including Toronto, Miami and even Las Vegas.

This past weekend, he performed at J’ouvert Splash in Arima, iUp in Chaguaramas among other events.

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Machel Montano Emerges to Find T&T Drenched Following Weekend Floods.

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Flood waters have devastated many across East and Central, Trinidad. Photo Credit: Rishi Ragoonath. 

One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation.

Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.

“This morning I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages of concern, prayer and well wishing. I was saddened to learn of the devastating floods that hit home in Trinidad and Tobago and my heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The Siparia native who now resides in Los Angeles, explained that Trinidad and Tobago is a nation of great resilience and further saluted those who’ve helped during and in the aftermath of of the flooding. “Thank you for all the prayers and to all those who will continue to support the relief efforts,” he said on Instagram.

 

 

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Olatunji Wins For Soca. Former Road March Champ, Shurwayne Winchester Proud of His Fellow Artist.

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Olatunji Yearwood’s herculean effort to expose the Soca music genre to the European market and by extension, the world, is being praised by his cohorts in the Caribbean music industry. Shurwayne Winchester, who himself, has worked hard to take the genre to music lovers around the world, on Sunday said he is extremely proud of the former Groovy Soca Monarch champ.

Shurwayne Winchester is proud of Olatunji.

Beneath an EBUZZTT post, Shurwayne said, “I am proud of this man. He won more than he can imagine.” Winchester went on to point out that history will one day show that when Soca is called, it was showcased to the world by this young, impressive artist.

On Saturday night, Ola took the stage on the X Factor UK where he performed a new single written merely a few days before the performance. The single, “Jiggle” was well received by the UK audience, but unfortunately he did not receive enough votes that would secure him a space into the next round of competition.

Destra congratulated the young artiste, saying his parents would be very proud.

Destra Garcia, a phenomenal culture ambassador herself, also took the time on Sunday to give respect to Olatunji for his effort on the television show.

“Proud of you Ola. You flew the flag so high for soca and for your county, Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of all of us.

 

Destra went on to say, “Your parents would have been the proudest. You did well Tunji… you did well. This was just not your time. But now the world knows who Olatunji ‘Tadow’ Yearwood is. Love always my brother and friend.”

 

 

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