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Tribe Ice Gets Great Turnout. Machel Montano Still Running Things.

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The carnival excitement is here. A short season means a rapid succession of fetes. Last weekend, on the heels of Scorch’s 1st Jam on New Year’s Day, EBUZZTT took on Tribe Ice at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain and as was expected, the masses made good of the invitation to fete till dawn.

In typical Tribe fashion, the venue was well laid out. Performances from Skinny Fabulous, Shal Marshall, Marzville, Lyrikal, Erphaan Alves, Voice and Marge Blackman and Patrice Roberts thrilled most and those who weren’t impressed probably didn’t have enough of those Patron shots that were being passed around, to wet their palate. Just saying.

Patrice Roberts’ body is banging.

Now, Patrice Roberts, rocking a lilac colored pixie cut and showing off her sexy physique, which made us all stop and wonder for a minute, was definitely the show stopper. Her confidence has taken off and with what some are calling the Road March anthem in her back pocket, the young Soca mom killed it when she stepped on stage to belt out “Criminal Wine” with Lyrikal. He too had a pretty good set, and with Voice following a short time later, the crowd was given a great sense of what’s to come at fetes this season.

Erphaan Alves is having a phenomenal season. His song, “OverDue” is a crowd favorite.

Tribe’s events have always attracted the young and impressionable. The DJs have however, continuously proven that they have a pretty limited appreciation for the amazing cadre of soca artistes who, year after year, give the people so many powerful anthems to enjoy at fetes. This year, once again, the DJs couldn’t seem to cure themselves of the “Machelitis” they’ve been infected with for years. With a number of blockbuster 2018 anthems already being blazed on the urban airwaves, the DJs at Tribe Ice failed to effectively show the partying public that there are a smorgasbord of big tunes this season, including Road March champions, Ultimate Rejects’ “Vex”, “Whole Day” and “Inside De Festival,” and not forgetting new music from Destra Garcia who has give us a wicked Carnival hit in, “Gimme,” Ricardo Drue and Fay Ann Lyons’ collaboration on Drue’s Antigua Soca Monarch winning hit, “Another Level,” and even Shurwayne Winchester has a monster Road March contender in a track called, “Wi Carnival.”

The season is here. Shal Marshall, Patrice Roberts, Kees and Erphaan Alves are out the gates with tunes that have the public eating out of their hands, but once again, without the versatility of the DJ, a number of incredible soca anthems just won’t see the light of day. What say you? Share your thoughts on this in our comments section here at www.ebuzztt.com.

 

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The Bassman – The Mighty Shadow Passes On.

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Another legend has left the earth. The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most unique calypsonians passed away at hospital this morning. He was 77 years old.

Word of his death has since spread like wildfire on social media as many send their condolences to family, friends and members of the cultural fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago.

Shadow was well admired for his unique style of vocal and stage execution. Always donning black, the veteran artist would wow crowds with simple theatrics and a bounce that many will forever know as “The Shadow”.

A former Road March King of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Bailey contributed many carnival anthems during his career. In 1974 he had stolen the Road March race with a song called “Bassman” and in 2001 he did it again with “Stranger”. But beyond that, Shadow’s delivery of songs like “Poverty is Hell” spoke to the psyche of the nation’s people. EBUZZTT has learnt that the calypsonian was due to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies this week. He is said to have died this morning at the Mt. Hope Hospital after suffering a stroke on Saturday.

 

 

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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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