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Toni Braxton Leaves Tobago Jazz Only To Mourn Niece’s Death.

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RnB sensation Toni Braxton was the headline act of the Tobago Jazz Experience on the weekend. Sadly, there is news following that of the sudden death of her niece, Lauren Braxton.

The songstress, who appeared at the festival’s International Night at Pigeon Point, was enjoyed by local fans who also experienced the likes of Marcia Griffith, Michael Bolton and Jacqees. There were also performances by Trinidad and Tobago Groovy Soca King, Swappi and Imij and Company, among others throughout the Jazz Experience. Sadly, Braxton’s wonderful Caribbean weekend was undoubtedly shattered when news came of her young niece’s untimely death.

Toni Braxton performed at the Tobago Jazz Experience on the weekend.

Essence Magazine reports that Lauren was found unresponsive on Monday. Her father, Michael, Toni’s only brother, told reporters that the teen’s death was related to a heart condition.

Lauren Braxton

According to law enforcement, paramedics were called around 12 noon on Monday. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Along with Michael, Toni is the eldest sibling to Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar. The Braxton sisters are currently starring in WeTV’s Braxton Family Values where their brother Michael often makes guest appearances.

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Machel Rubs Shoulders with International Celebs. Fans Defend Him.

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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. One radio personality made a point on Wednesday, of telling listeners that he felt Machel Montano was pretty much acting like a groupie when he attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week. All this because the superstar soca artiste who has collaborated with the likes of Doug E Fresh, Ashanti and Shaggy, had taken and posted a lot of celebrity pics, post event.

Fans are however supporting the Soca Taipan, saying it’s good to see that Machel, being a Caribbean megastar, is also a fan of artistes and isn’t afraid to express that feeling. Montano met and took photos with Rihanna, Pharell, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill and Megan the Stallion who recently signed with ROC Nation.

On the heels of that event and Montano’s social media photo explosion, came his appearance on the Girls Cruise reality TV show. Fellow soca artist, Rome is a part of the show’s full time production and showcased Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2019 season, to major cast members Chilli of TLC, Lil Kim, BSimone and Maya among others. The episode aired last weekend, saw appearance during by Machel and Alison Hinds during a yacht party. Montano even performed.

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Erphaan Alves Will Release His ‘Proudest’ Project Tonight.

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He’s ambitious! Erphaan Alves is adamant that he will take the Soca genre global. He made a point of launching the effort dubbed the No Seasons Project after Carnival 2019, promising to deliver new music regularly. Other artistes like Iwer George promised to do the same, but thus far, Nailah Blackman has been the one Soca artiste who’s delivered new music consistently.

Tonight, Erphaan Alves’ continues his commitment to delivering soca year round. A brand new single and video will be released – another track post carnival – the young entertainer having released, “Lock On” in May this year. Erphaan says this project forms part of his soca story and effectively strengthens his mission to take the genre to global audiences.

Erphaan Alves wants to take Soca music to global audiences.

On Instagram, Alves said the production and delivery of new Soca music post carnival, by artistes, would essentially lead to more interest by fans, more local soca events, increased market activity and essentially, increased global appeal. His launch later tonight, takes place at Buzz Bar located at One Woodbrook Place in Port-of-Spain.

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