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Vibes and More Vibes. Vale Vibe Cooler Makes Another Memory. Were You There?

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On Tuesday, professional radio DJ, Alicia D’ Duchess hosted another edition of the Vale Vibe Cooler Fete at the quaint Bayview location along the North Coast road, which leads to Maracas Bay. Last carnival EBUZTT attended the event for the first time and it was euphoric, to say the least. This year, the team once again delivered and patrons seemed incredibly satisfied by the end of the fete.

Shal Marshall on stage at Vale Vibe Cooler.

With the Vale Vibe Breakfast event carded to take place this Sunday, the prelude event, Vale Vibe Cooler Fete was certainly the perfect teaser for what’s likely to be expected on Sunday morning at the Breakfast event which takes place in the Santa Cruz valley. Last year, Jamaica’s sport superstar, the World’s Fastest man, Usain Bolt was

On Tuesday however, patrons feted in glee at Bayview, rocking relaxed clothing, flats and truly enjoying the Soca vibe delivered by DJs Private Ryan, Shot Master J, International DJ Stephen from the USA, Alicia D Duchess and Hans and Gonzo, along with performances by Alison Hinds, Shal Marshall who was called back to the stage by the crowd and the Boss, Neil Iwer George who, as usual, got into the crowd to jump with his fans. The ambience at Bayview added to the overall sweetness of the event, making Vale Vibe Cooler, which came complete with free corn soup and doubles, one of the most intimately exciting Carnival 2018 events attended by EBUZZTT.

We anticipate that this particular fete will only outgrow that venue in the years ahead. That’s just how well attended it was and definitely how good it was! See you next year.

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Soca Monarch Gets Title Sponsorship. ISM Chair, Fay Ann Lyons Expresses Heartfelt Emotion.

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Her appointment to the helm of the highly revered and sometimes controversial International Soca Monarch’s Caribbean Prestige Foundation has come with its fair share of criticism and Herculean undertaking but for Fay Ann Lyons- Alvarez, it’s all a part of the journey. A short time ago, the former Soca Monarch champ turned boss of the ISM, was presented with a cheque and commitment by the National Lotteries Control Board for title sponsorship of the event.

The NLCB has dedicatedly assisted the Soca Monarch for some 27 years, forking out $35 million over that period, to fund the competition. Explaining that the company is committed to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, NLCB representatives earlier expressed satisfaction in the rejuvenation of the competition.

On Fantastic Friday – March 1st, competitors from across the Caribbean will vie for two titles- those being the Power Soca Monarch and the Groovy Soca Monarch titles. Already, many are predicting that Grenada’s Mr. Killa will walk away victorious, however, anyone who knows the dynamic of Soca Monarch will understand that presentation is key on show night.

Take a look at the ceremony that took place earlier, as recorded live by influencer David Wears :

#NLCB presents cheque and signs as title sponsor for #InternationalSocaMonarch.#itsfantasticfriday#ISM2019

Posted by David Wears on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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