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T&T Carnival Makes it to the E Network Tonight. WAGS LA Showcases ‘Epicness’ of The Greatest Show on Earth.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival will be showcased on the popular E! Network during an episode of Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars LA (WAGSLA) which airs tonight at 10pm.

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The inclusion of Trinidad Carnival highlights on the “reality series” came about as a result of WAGSLA star, Sasha Gates, who presented the idea to the producers of the show in an effort to showcase her Trinbagonian roots on the network. Gates collaborated with local producer, Ian Royer of Anansi Tales Marketing, as well as Tourism Minister, Shamfa Cudjoe, the Ministry of Tourism, The Film Company of T&T, Fantasy Carnival mas band and the National Carnival Commission to deliver a wholesome Carnival experience to her co-stars.

The WAGSLA production was exposed to Paramin Blue Devils, Maracas Beach and enjoyed the two-day carnival experience on-the-road with Fantasy Carnival. Gates is excited to see the final product of this experience revealed on television for the world to see this coming weekend and spoke to The Express Newspaper about her passion for sharing all things Trinbagonian. “One of my recent goals – especially since entering the entertainment industry – has been to ensure that I presented my Trinbagonian roots on whatever platform I am on – whether as a singer, model or actress,” she revealed.

Sasha Gates has Trinidadian grandparents and is currently married to NFL player, Antonio Gates who plays with the San Diego Chargers. Other cast members who enjoyed filming in Trinidad included Natalie Halcro, Olivia Pierson and Nicole Williams.

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Caribbean Artistes to Hit Major Stage in LA For BET International Awards, This Week.

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Nailah Blackman’s ben nominated for Viewer’s Choice Best International Act.

Trinidad and Tobago artiste, Nailah Blackman continues to rally the support of the Caribbean- on the weekend, performing in Bermuda and urging fans to head to the BET website to vote for her to win the category of Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act at this year’s awards. Voting closes tomorrow- June 19th. Thing is though, whether Nailah wins for Soca or not, Trinidad and Tobago will the year be well represented when Bunji Garlin and his wife and musical partner, Fay Ann Lyons take the stage at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

News of the Soca power couple’s inclusion at the awards came on Friday. Jamaica’s Konshens and Shenseea will also perform. Ironically, Shenseea and Konshens dropped new music with Rvssian on June 15th- a track called, “Hard Drive” that the Jamaican dancehall princess has been pushing hard, since. Likewise, T&T’s Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons released two separate tracks back to back between Sunday and Monday. Bunji’s track “Bruk Down” was produced by Fryktion, as was Fay Ann’s “Lift”. Both tunes have been released for St. Vincent’s upcoming carnival.

The Caribbean entertainers will perform in LA on Friday. The actual awards ceremony takes place on June 26th.

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Why You’ll Wanna Catch Busy Signal in Trinidad This Weekend.

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One of dancehall’s leading contemporary artistes is on his way to Trinidad and Tobago for the highly anticipated and much talked about Inferno concert being held on Saturday at the Jean Pierre Complex. Busy Signal’s been creating major waves in the hemisphere and further afield in the past few weeks, having teamed up with Brazil’s MC KevinHo on a track called ‘Loko’, that’s also shared with Brazil’s Tropikal Bass Killers and the prolific, Major Lazer. The Jamaican Singjay recently represented his homeland in Brazil where Brazil’s MTV Awards took place. On June 9th, Busy will take the stage with some of dancehall’s biggest names at the Inferno concert event- a show that organisers insist starts promptly at 10pm.

It’s not Busy Signal’s first time on T&T’s soil, however, in a concert affair that is being touted as a mammoth rejuvenation of true dancehall and reggae vibes in T&T, the energy surrounding Busy Signal’s inclusion on the Inferno cast, is second to none. “We see this as the perfect blend of dancehall and reggae. On one hand you have Capleton- an artist that’s known to defend it when it comes to that hardcore conscious vibe, and of course Sizzla’s never to be outdone in that arena. Then on the other end of the spectrum we’re giving patrons good vibes, conjuring good feelings and nostalgia of days gone by with Barrington Levy- an essential name when it comes to reggae music. This is a man who ran things in the early 90s and has a catalogue of music that many of the up and coming acts could only hope to achieve. When Busy Signal’s added to that dynamic, it could only be magic on show night at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port-of-Spain,” said the organizer. Levy meanwhile, performed in St. Lucia on the weekend- the perfect warm up to what’s going to unfold in Trinidad.

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