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Archived: Trinidad and Tobago Producer, Johnny Gonsalves Passes On

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Well known Trinidad and Tobago music producer and artiste manager, Johnny Gonzalves has passed away. Certainly an integral member of the media and creative fraternity in the Caribbean, Gonzalves is remembered for his role as founding member and musical director of the band Second Imij. He is also credited for the production of popular hits, “Jump on d Count of 4” and “Golo.”

Hans DesVignes remembers Johnny Gonsalves.

In remembering Gonzalves this morning, following news of his passing, radio and television personality, Hans DesVignes said:

“During my time hosting Digicel Rising Stars we would always make jokes on each other’s names. Enjoyed the experience it was then and even after the show you would always wish me the best. I say thank you and may you rest n peace. Condolences to your family and close friends.”

Gonzalves’ biography speaks of his involvement in the Digicel Rising Stars competition in Trinidad and Tobago. He was a celebrity judge  alongside Glenda Collens and Michael Salickram on the popular show. The prolific music producer is also credited with collaborative production work with Richard Char Su Ahong, on songs like, “Rock Yuh Body” sung by Denise Belfon and Ghetto Flex, “Voom Voom” by Ghetto Flex, “Hands on Deck”  by Tony Prescott and Atlantik, H2O Phlo’s “Harmony”  and “The All Star Show”  which was collaboratively sung by Ghetto Flex, Ataklan, KMC and Bunji Garlin.

Gonzalves is said to have died in Miami this morning, after bravely battling pancreatic Cancer.

 

 

 

 

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Entertainment Professionals Make Genuine Effort, Starting with T&T’s Youth.

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It’s as easy as ABC for three entrepreneurs who aim to make a positive impact at some of Trinidad and Tobago’s most negatively impacted secondary schools. Last Tuesday, the ABC project got underway at the Morvant Laventille Secondary School. It was there that forth form pupils of the school gained insight into the entertainment industry through the personal stories of each of the initiative’s stakeholders. The project is spearheaded by media personality Hans Des Vignes, who has enlisted Montage Productions and Way Up 868 clothing Managing Director Romano Francois and BUZZconcepts founder Brendon Brathwaithe. The men urged students to remain optimistic and focused on their goals in order to succeed in life. Soca artiste, Nailah Blackman joined the project’s stakeholders in encouraging the teenagers to find balance between school and their passions before treating them to a performance.

Over the past year, Des Vignes, Francois and Brathwaithe noted with concern the negative attention some schools garnered across local media platforms. With the goal of boosting positivity in the school environment, they joined forces to create the ABC project.
“I believe if we each do something to help our country be a better place, it will be,” Des Vignes said. “This is what we are trying to do. We believe if we do our small part to impact on the lives of some young people, we will eventually impact all. Imagine if each citizen were to do their small parts,” he added.

Montage Productions and Way Up 868 clothing Managing Director, Romano Francois (second right) pose with Morvant Laventille Secondary School students who, participated in the ABC Project initiative at their school last Tuesday and, won t-shirts from his company.

ABC stands for Attitude, Belief and Consistency. Young people, the founders stated, should equip themselves with these attributes to achieve school and personal goals.“The initiative is not sponsored by corporate Trinidad and Tobago and it is a way for us to give back to our beautiful island,” the founders stated. The project targets Form Four students and hopes to provide inspiration and career guidance through interaction with the project founders and entertainers.

“Each of our stakeholders will speak on their careers and what is required to be involved in the entertainment industry. The session will also feature a question and answer segment and will end with a short performance from a top soca artiste,” the founders explained. The Project will continue  on Tuesday (January 23) at the San Juan North Secondary School.

 

“I believe if we each do something to help our country be a better place, it will be.” – Hans DesVignes

 

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Machel, SuperBlue Team Up to Cause Chaos in Port-of-Spain.

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Machel and Superblue spotted in musical conference it would seem, prior to the release of the track.

Machel Montano’s power is never to be questioned. For years, this King of the art form has proven his worth as a Caribbean musician and a revolutionary. In 2018, he has once again given Carnival lovers something to hold on to, something that would make masqueraders move with ease when the curtains are drawn on Carnival Monday. Machel Montano has collaborated with Austin ‘SuperBlue’ Lyons on a 2018 Road March contender called, “Soca Kingdom”.

The race is now for the  resilient. Prior to this song’s release overnight, the Road March race seemed to be a two man race between Patrice Roberts and Iwer George. Iwer had spoken effectively ahead of his song’s release, warning everyone who wondered, that he would be coming after the Road March crown. For a few weeks, ‘Savannah’ had been building powerfully and as the fetes erupted, Iwer was proving that he has a special secret to get the people on his side.

 

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