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Archived: Trinidad Producer and Artiste Promotes New Single Done With Jamaica's Sheba

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He’s not a big name artiste here at home in Trinidad but Lawless- the T&T entertainer who also does production out of his studio, Bing Bang Studios, says when his newly remixed track, ‘Bruk It Out’ which features, Jamaican dancehall act, Sheba, is played in Jamaica, it’s enjoyed and given the thumbs up. The track which was collaboratively produced by Bing Bang Studios, Mr. Spine’s Holy House Production and Versastyle Entertainment here in Trinidad, has been making the rounds in recent days. Lawless says he and Sheba are now moving to produce a video to accompany the track.

The new remixed single Bruk  It Out has been released in Trinidad.

The new remixed single Bruk It Out has been released in Trinidad.

Questioned on how the collaboration became, Lawless- the son of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s well known media practitioners, said it was pretty much a coincidental situation and timing really mattered. “One of my videographers was in Jamaica to shoot Sheba’s video and they were in the studio doing ‘Clothespin’,” he said, adding that while there, Sheba heard his single and told his videographer that she really liked it. He said they thought the artiste was Jamaican and was shocked to find out that it was a Trinidadian act. Later, Lawless said the connection was made and following social media interactions and a trip by Sheba to T&T sometime after, ‘Bruck It Out’ was remixed to a version that many have described as smoking hot.

Highlighting that the track in its remixed version was first released in Jamaica, Lawless said the support from the DJs over there has been good. Now, with promotion of the track in full swing, the young, budding entertainer is looking toward a promotional tour of the single with Sheba to a number of caribbean islands. This aspect of things won’t be too strange for him since he has already opened for acts such as Konshens, Popcaan and French Montana at Trinidad’s Club Sting. “My dream as an artiste is to reach my full potential. I dream of hearing my music on MTV and BET,” he said, adding that he believes in his abilities as both a producer and artiste, something he says he knows is key to progressing in any aspect of life.

A number of Trinidad and Tobago acts have done collaborations with popular dancehall artistes out of Jamaica, among them Kees, Machel Montano, Shurwayne Winchester, Ravi B and recently, Mr. Renzo who teamed up with Aidonia for the remix of his single, Bend Yuh Back.

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Kes the Band Not Suing Apple or Remi Wolf.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band is not filing litigation proceedings against tech giant Apple, or US artist, Remi Wolf. A statement on the matter has been issued by the band.

Earlier this week, news broke that Kees and his team would be initiating litigation against Wolf over the similarity of the lyric “Hello” in Wolfe’s track “Hello Hello Hello,” which has been used by Apple for their new iPhone commercial.

“While we too have noted the similarity, we do not intend to take legal action against Apple, Remi Wolf or Island Records. However, we do wish to use this moment to call attention to the global resonance of soca music,” the statement reads.

The band explains that while borrowers of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural capital have sometimes credited the original sources, in many instances they have not. “Similarly, interpretations of our music have often gained access to promotion and corporate investment that is simply not afforded to our own local musicians, producers and songwriters,” it continues.

Rationally, the band says they hope that people from all over the world will recognize the soca/calypso genre as the treasure that it is and, when they hear aspects and elements of it in music from other places, understand and appreciate where the influences comes from. “We will always fight for the genre, and the music of Trinidad & Tobago,” the statement concludes.

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Lyrikal Gets Real. “We Gotta Find A Way to Live Through This Or We’ll End Up Homeless.”

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Soca artiste Lyrikal is coming as real as it gets. Several new songs released over the pandemic period, Lyrikal admits it hasn’t been easy. Based in New York, where the coronavirus proved to have devastating effects over the past nine months, Lyrical says the potential has been there, for many in the Entertainment industry to go into a deep state of depression.

“It’s been overwhelmingly frustrating,” he says to us in a virtual interview. “The fact that we as human beings can’t function in the manner that we’re used to mentally, emotionally and financially, we tend to do things that may seem inappropriate and irresponsible to some,” he said.

For months, as Trinidad and Tobago remained under heavy restriction as a result of the pandemic, Soca lovers and fans questioned the apparent disregard shown by some artistes for the health epidemic that has plagued the world. In our chat, Lyrikal said, “In all reality people must keep in mind that as much as it is extremely important to practice the safety measures- wearing masks, social distancing and so on, people still have to live.”

The “Freedom” singer who recently released a song called “Magical” on the Fig Leaf riddim, said nobody wants to die from Covid19, but the pandemic has changed the world. “Imagine you had $50,000 before the pandemic hit. You’ve been out of work for about six months. Your rent or mortgage, light bill, water bill, gas bill, phone bill etc hasn’t decreased. As a matter of fact all the utilities increase because you’re at home and using them more. What is your financial position in that six months with that $50,000 now? We have to be real,” he urged.

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