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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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Soca Monarch Gets Title Sponsorship. ISM Chair, Fay Ann Lyons Expresses Heartfelt Emotion.

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Her appointment to the helm of the highly revered and sometimes controversial International Soca Monarch’s Caribbean Prestige Foundation has come with its fair share of criticism and Herculean undertaking but for Fay Ann Lyons- Alvarez, it’s all a part of the journey. A short time ago, the former Soca Monarch champ turned boss of the ISM, was presented with a cheque and commitment by the National Lotteries Control Board for title sponsorship of the event.

The NLCB has dedicatedly assisted the Soca Monarch for some 27 years, forking out $35 million over that period, to fund the competition. Explaining that the company is committed to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, NLCB representatives earlier expressed satisfaction in the rejuvenation of the competition.

On Fantastic Friday – March 1st, competitors from across the Caribbean will vie for two titles- those being the Power Soca Monarch and the Groovy Soca Monarch titles. Already, many are predicting that Grenada’s Mr. Killa will walk away victorious, however, anyone who knows the dynamic of Soca Monarch will understand that presentation is key on show night.

Take a look at the ceremony that took place earlier, as recorded live by influencer David Wears :

#NLCB presents cheque and signs as title sponsor for #InternationalSocaMonarch.#itsfantasticfriday#ISM2019

Posted by David Wears on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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