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Archived: UK Soca DJ Represents Hard- On Mission To Push Soca Global!

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‘Soca in meh vain, Soca in meh blood’ – that’s how 24- year-old Maurice Vallo aka ‘DJ Triple M’ links his roots to his passion and his career. Soca artistes aren’t the only people who’re trying to push Soca Music and cultures of the Caribbean, global – Disc Jockeys are too and Trini-born DJ Triple M can attest to that.

Triple M is helping in efforts to push Soca music to foreign markets.

Triple M is helping in efforts to push Soca music to foreign markets.

The London based University graduate is a burgeoning DJ on the UK Soca Scene representing the Caribbean. He’s determined to make an impact. Vallo was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Trinidad by his mom, however when he was 10-years-old he migrated to the UK and took up residence with his father. “I’ve  always loved music,” he told us in a recent chat, emphasizing his appreciation for all genres of music, but explaining that he specializes in Soca, Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop and commercial music. During his University years, Vallo’s passion for music and his desire to stay true to his Caribbean roots manifested deeper as he began meeting with folks of influence in the industry while DJing in and around London. His education would not be sidelined however, and he would prove true to his ambitions, securing his degree in Events and Marketing Management.

Triple M has made quite a name for himself as a DJ for Nottinghill Carnival. He was given the opportunity by his good friend DJ D Tee who plays on the M2K mas band’s truck. Vallo had won himself several titles in individual costume with the band over a six year period and given this new opportunity to be a bigger part of the band, he immediately grabbed it. He says that opportunity has helped shape his career. The young DJ won the award for Best Soca DJ Newcomer in 2009 and is currently a resident DJ at Soca Frenzy – the biggest monthly soca fete in the UK and for Poison UK events. He is also the Official DJ for Soca artist TriniBoi Joocie (UK’s Power & Groovy Monarch Champion 2013) and is the touring DJ for Rampage Mas Band, which tours Europe performing at some 15 carnivals annually. Vallo’s DJ skills can also be heard on online radio at www.BakahnalRadio.com on Mondays from 7pm – 9pm where he hosts his ‘Triple M Takeover’ show.

Triple MWith Carnival in full swing at home in T&T, Triple M says Machel Montano’s ‘Happiest Man Alive’ is his favourite soca track, telling EBUZZ that the song speaks to his character, since he’s always happy and cheerful. Despite this being his personal favourite, Mr. Killa’s ‘Rolly Polly’ is killing it on the UK Soca circuit he told us, reminiscing on the Grenadian artiste’s performance in the UK back in December. “It was epic … total madness,” he said.

Triple M is currently working on his 2014 carnival tour and says he constantly creates and digitally distributes mixtapes. His most recent mixtape, “Find Me In Trinidad 2014” Soca Mix  helps push Soca music, he says, something he lives for. DJ Triple M is a son of Trinidad and Tobago who, like others overseas, is doing what he can to share Soca music with the world. Check out his website at www.officialdjtriplem.com and connect with him on Facebook at djtriplem10, Twitter @triplemtweets and Instagram @djtriplem.

 

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Rihanna Makes it to The Olympics.

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Barbados’ gem, Rihanna will be gracing the 2024 Paris Olympics.

No. She isn’t on the relay team, nor is she participating in the shot put event, but she’s sure about to spice up the faces of the athletes who will.

On Thursday, the ‘Love on the Brain’ singer announced that she’d sealed a deal with the 2024 Paris Olympics. “Tried to tell y’all… we outside all 2024!!! PROUD to announce that @FentyBeauty is a premium partner of the Olympic AND Paralympic Games baby!!! #FentyxParis2024,” wrote the global superstar, beneath a photo post.

According to reports, the Fenty Beauty/ Paris Olympics deal is a multi-million dollar, first of its kind deal that will see Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty brand, provide the glam and beauty for those participating in the 2024 Olympics.

Rihanna recently unveiled her her Fenty Hair brand. The product reviews have been pretty good and it is likely that the boss mom will continue her upward trajectory in the business world.

According to a press release, Fenty Beauty will provide makeup kits and tutorials for 600 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 21 who will present medals at the games. The kit will include popular Fenty Beauty products including the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer and the Eaze Drop Lit All-Over Glow Enhancer.

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Island Lime Magazine Set to Take Caribbean Energy to Global Heights.

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Both hard copy and digital, IslandLime Magazine’s on a mission. In the ever-expanding world that we now occupy, efforts continue to share the most authentic Caribbean energy, with everyone outside the Diaspora. It’s not a new idea but the man behind it has all the gumption it takes to make it make sense.

Simon Baptiste believes in the Caribbean potential.

Simon Baptiste says his team’s vision is to create a global platform that allows for the stories of Caribbean creators and creatives, to be shared with people around the world – people who are anxious to discover more about the heartbeat of the region. “Although we recognize the importance of what goes on within our region, there are also hundreds of tales – fiction and non fiction, being crafted by islanders in territories that stretch from North America ti Australia,” he said in a recent Ebuzztt chat. “It’s our job to reveal the players and the art.”

The magazine’s official launch took place on July 4th in Port- of- Spain, Trinidad and featured performances by Key DeVere and John G. In the aftermath of the launch, Simon issued a statement, thanking folks who came out in support. He explained that the rationale behind delivering the project now, lies in understanding that we – the Caribbean people, built nations. “A chain of over 700 islands, encompassing 1,063,000 square miles, has produced incomparable talent- people who have left and continue to leave an indelible mark on art, fashion, music, literature, entertainment, sports, science and technology,” he wrote. Baptiste praised his people, adding, “From Capitol Hill, to working spaces in Nairobi, to the offices of an advertising agency, Down Under, you’ll find someone who has island roots, and spreads the philosophy of what makes the Caribbean and its people so unbelievably spectacular.”

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