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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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Bunji, Fay Ann Stay Winning. Mas Maker, Promo Outfit…Who’s Counting The Coins?

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Fay Ann’s business exploits now include mas making. She recently revealed a collaboration with Canadian mas bands SEMBA and Atlantic Mas.

While the rest of us are out here looking for the next party to attend, Fay Ann Lyons and her hubby of 12 years, Bunji Garlin stay winning, raking in the cash and hustling to the bank, no doubt. The duo is set to deliver another epic J’ouvert themed experience on June 3rd in St. Jospeh, Trinidad, and by all accounts relayed to Ebuzztt by Garlin himself, this one’s gonna be off the chain.

In 2017, Bunji and Fay Ann delivered ‘Santimanitay’ for the very first time at Ortinola Estate- a lush, ambient venue, deep in the St. Jospeh valley. It was the perfect venue for a J’ouvert style fete that featured the likes of fire breathing blue devils, painted bodies and not to mention, performances from Slaughter, Blaxx, Fay Ann, Super Blue and of course, Bunji himself. The event was indeed an epic and memorable one, leaving many excited for what was in the pipeline for the year ahead. During carnival 2018, the Alvarez’s once again delivered ‘Santimanitay’ on J’ouvert morning, taking patrons away from the traditional street venues in Port-of-Spain and into the cosy, meadow-like atmosphere they’d introduced us to, a few months prior.

“We’ll have a nice line up of artistes this time again, including myself, Fay Ann, Preedy Ms. Alysha, Revelation and a new artiste called, Jubee, along with a lot of other surprises,” Garlin told EBUZZTT. He said tickets have been going pretty well with just a limited amount still available from committee members. The event starts at 3am on June 3rd and will end at around 9am. “It’s a breakfast inclusive, cooler J’ouvert fete, but we want to let patrons know that coolers must not have any glass bottles inside and they must be in before 5am,” said Garlin.

To purchase tickets, interested patrons can call : 687-6996/ 733-2130/ 719-2284.

We suspect ‘Santimanitay 2018’ will be epically enjoyable. Question is, where will you be?

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Soca Producer to Machel, Bunji, Nadia Re-Enters Performance Arena.

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There’s nothing in the entertainment rulebook that says a music producer cannot be an artist. You’ve heard the name Juelio Nelson, haven’t you? The young, Moruga Trinidad native is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s fastest rising music producers, having worked with Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Superblue for whom he produced the hit single, Fantatsic Friday,’ as well as other top shelf artistes like, Nadia Batson, Blaxx, JW & Blaze, Olatunji and most recently, Buffy. He’s no joke. Juelio is however much more than meets the eye.

Sharp vocal ability to say the least, accompanied by the love and encouragement of many of the artistes that he’s worked with, Juelio is hitting the ground hard, unleashing a new single that sits properly beside that of Buffy on a riddim he created called the Republic Riddim. “Before I got into music production, I was a vocalist,” he explained, noting that as a young man growing up in Trinidad and Tobago’s entertainment arena, he had competed in a number of competitions, among them 12 and Under and even the Junior Soca Monarch. He admits to having been sidetracked a bit when he got into music production though, taking on that career path wholeheartedly. “A lot of artistes kept telling me it was time to get back into singing. Nadia Batson was a huge inspiration for my return,” he said, explaining that Buffy too, pushed him to deliver a track on the new riddim.

The new single is called “Stuck on You” and was written by Juelio, making it clear that he’s pretty much an all rounder in the business of entertainment. “I think it’s really important for me to come out of my comfort zone- get back into the music and deliver music that will speak for itself,” said Juelio. With plans to release another single in the coming weeks, the music producer who is now working arduously on being an
artiste the world will enjoy, is pushing full speed ahead, fearless, optimistic about the future. “ I know I have what it takes. I just need to show the world,” he said.

Supporters of the art form are encouraged to check out the efforts of this amazing Caribbean talent on Instagram @ juelio_artiste_producer.

 

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