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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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Machel Montano Emerges to Find T&T Drenched Following Weekend Floods.

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Flood waters have devastated many across East and Central, Trinidad. Photo Credit: Rishi Ragoonath. 

One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation.

Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.

“This morning I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages of concern, prayer and well wishing. I was saddened to learn of the devastating floods that hit home in Trinidad and Tobago and my heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The Siparia native who now resides in Los Angeles, explained that Trinidad and Tobago is a nation of great resilience and further saluted those who’ve helped during and in the aftermath of of the flooding. “Thank you for all the prayers and to all those who will continue to support the relief efforts,” he said on Instagram.

 

 

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Olatunji Wins For Soca. Former Road March Champ, Shurwayne Winchester Proud of His Fellow Artist.

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Olatunji Yearwood’s herculean effort to expose the Soca music genre to the European market and by extension, the world, is being praised by his cohorts in the Caribbean music industry. Shurwayne Winchester, who himself, has worked hard to take the genre to music lovers around the world, on Sunday said he is extremely proud of the former Groovy Soca Monarch champ.

Shurwayne Winchester is proud of Olatunji.

Beneath an EBUZZTT post, Shurwayne said, “I am proud of this man. He won more than he can imagine.” Winchester went on to point out that history will one day show that when Soca is called, it was showcased to the world by this young, impressive artist.

On Saturday night, Ola took the stage on the X Factor UK where he performed a new single written merely a few days before the performance. The single, “Jiggle” was well received by the UK audience, but unfortunately he did not receive enough votes that would secure him a space into the next round of competition.

Destra congratulated the young artiste, saying his parents would be very proud.

Destra Garcia, a phenomenal culture ambassador herself, also took the time on Sunday to give respect to Olatunji for his effort on the television show.

“Proud of you Ola. You flew the flag so high for soca and for your county, Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of all of us.

 

Destra went on to say, “Your parents would have been the proudest. You did well Tunji… you did well. This was just not your time. But now the world knows who Olatunji ‘Tadow’ Yearwood is. Love always my brother and friend.”

 

 

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