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Archived: Ultimate Rejects For Army. Promoter Says The Rejects Will Always Have a Place at the Safest Fete in Carnival.

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Reigning Road March Champions, The Ultimate Rejects will be performing at the annual Army Fete on Friday, February 2 at the Queen’s Park Savannah. A spokesperson for “the safest fete in Carnival” said “the people’s champions” will “always have a place at Army Fete” in response to recent reports in the media of The Rejects having lackluster bookings thus far this season.

Following up on their 2017 smash hit, “Full Extreme”, which earned a record for the most played Road March winner ever in the history of the competition, the Ultimate Rejects released five songs between October and December 2017, with at least two of those releases receiving heavy airplay on radio stations and in the early fetes.

Two of these releases, namely: “Lightning Flash” and “Inside The Festival” have also been chosen by a number of steel bands (including the Reigning Panorama Champions, Massy Trinidad All Stars) as their selection for the upcoming Panorama competition. Last week, social media and radio talk shows made a topic of the matter of decreased bookings, as indicated by the Ultimate Rejects in a television interview with TV6 investigative journalist, Mark Bassant.

Having noticed the situation, Bassant questioned the trio on it, essentially getting lead vocalist, MX Prime to admit that bookings have been less than forthcoming. He said while the five tunes released this season have in fact been receiving tremendous airplay and positive reviews, all round, the Ultimate Rejects have been left out of many shows that they’d been booked for last year.

“You would think that promoters would want to have the group or the act that had such a tremendous impact on the population just ten months ago, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with some promoters. Management is relaying some conversations to us that are quite puzzling because we know that we made sure to produce and release great songs for the season and those songs have been getting airplay and positive reviews all around, but yet, we find ourselves being left out of many shows which we did last year.”

 

Asked whether their pricing and the country’s economic constraints could be at the heart of the problem, the group agreed that such could be the case, however they said they had spoken internally on this issue, and made adjustments to suit it, prior to the season. “We definitely took the economic state of the country into account when we began planning our season,” said, Joel “Iceman” Aming, “and we advised both our manager and booking agent to be accommodating to promoters. We don’t expect to be in all the fetes – that’s quite literally impossible – and we’re always busy making music, doing our monthly podcasts for our fans abroad and designing new merchandise and stuff like that, but when our fans start asking why, and observing that they have not been seeing us advertised for certain major events and then, we get excuses and reasons relayed to us that have nothing to do with pricing or availability or song quality or popularity, we have to sit up and take notice and really wonder if this is what winning the Road March title is really about…”

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Nailah Blackman Touches Down in Switzerland. Finds A Weed Machine!

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She’s seen a weed vending machine so far and she seems to have been pretty blown away by that. Nailah Blackman’s in Switzerland. The soca beauty is there for the Swiss Soca Festival, something that’s pretty huge for this fresh, young entertainer.

Blackman, who unleashed a new EP last month called ‘The Reel’, has been delivering consistently over the past two years. Vocal strength and a visually appealing package, makes her an artiste to watch in the Caribbean music industry- an artiste who, by all accounts, has the best potential to make it onto the international music circuit.

Nailah in Switzerland.

In a near emotional rant on her Instagram story, Blackman said she is extremely happy. “All my life I always wanted to travel and do music and I am here for the Soca Swiss Festival. This is just amazing to me!” she said, thanking God for the opportunity. “God is good,” she said.

Nailah told her fans that she had always wanted to visit Europe. She said a lot of the artistes she’d listened to growing up, were European. “The whole vibe, the whole gloomy vibe, it’s a definite vibe. It’s definitely an emotion that I felt a lot in my childhood and I get why people would’ve made songs like they made in this kind of weather- it’s sort of gloomy so it’s nice to have soca here… bring a different side, yuh know!”

Check out Nailah’s reaction to the Weed Vending machine find, in Switzerland.

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Kees Wants Us All to Celebrate Calypso. New Album Coming This Month.

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Kes the band has been busy. An entire album is being released to fans of Soca and Calypso music this month. In an interview on RED96.7FM on Thursday, Kees Dieffenthaller- lead singer of the band, said the album, “We Home” would be dropping on August 28th. He also urged the people of Trinidad and Tobago to love up Calypso music.

The upcoming album is the band’s first live studio album and according to a social media post on the band’s page, it was born out of the present global situation. The COVID-19 pandemic, still a very present threat, Kees said the period has given many people the time to reconnect with loved ones, take things slow, recharge, innovate and be at home.

The album is described as one that delivers to fans, the energy that’s often shared by the band when they’re on stage. “We miss the energy we get from you when we’re on stage and wanted to share the vibes we feel when we’re performing. We hope this album captures that feeling and gives us all something to look forward to when we could jam once more. We can’t wait for you to hear it,” said the social media post. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Speaking toward the end of the radio interview on Thursday, Kees embraced the applause offered for the collaborative single done with Jimmy October- a single called, “Magic”. He took that opportunity to call on the people of Trinidad and Tobago to celebrate calypso music which, he reminded the world, many other genres were bred from.

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