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Why Trinidad and Tobago Needs More Tarrus Riley… and How Jah Cure Makes It Clear, T&T Is ‘Home’.

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There were no headline acts at Saturday night’s Redemption concert event held in Trinidad. There were simply, great artistes, all prepared to sing their unforgettable love songs, reminding the over 10,000 patrons who gathered at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, that love is still the only solution to our every problem.

The event was certainly a mammoth one, thousands having flocked to the venue, braving the bumper to bumper traffic to see and feel the magical energy of Jah Cure, Mikey Spice, Beres Hammond and Tarrus Riley. Trinidad and Tobago artiste, Ziggy Rankin was also a part of the lineup- the sole local artiste, selected to be a part of the show. The musical energy of these entertainers was simply divine. They brought with them, messages, stories and more than anything else, they brought love.

Tarrus Riley, taking the stage after Jah Cure, expressed his desire to see the youth uplift themselves, delivering a song called ‘Graveyard,’ which he said he’d created for Jamaica. On show night in Trinidad, the artiste delivered it to the youths of T&T, calling out a few crime hot spot areas, as he executed the verses.

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International DJ Stephen Ties The Knot And Boy Did This Wedding Shake The Scene.

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Social media was abuzz with photos leading up to the October 20th nuptials of Soca DJ, International DJ Stephen and his wife, Zinaida McNamara. The two were engaged in a pretty public setting aboard the Uber Soca Cruise last year. This past weekend, soca stars from around the Caribbean glammed up and made their grand entries at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Miami, to celebrate the coming together as one, of a couple who’ve staked their individual claims to the entertainment limelight, and unitedly, have now staked their claim to each other.

Photo by Neil Berment of Berment Photography. 

The wedding was certainly a beautiful one with planning done by Luxurious destination wedding and event planner, Marylen Exposito. The bride’s Viviane Valerius plunging neckline gown flattered her structure in the most elegant way and when it came to Stephen himself, the fashion boss of his homeland, T&T, was called upon for that professional hook up. Stephen wore a custom tailored, Ecliff Elie suit, a choice that certainly proved the right one when the curtains were drawn.

Ecliff Elie has been the talk of the town on the Caribbean’s menswear fashion circuit for some time. Most recently, he dressed Jamaican reggae chart topper, Jah Cure for a concert appearance in Trinidad and Tobago. Beside the bride and groom, a number of Soca stars proved to be show stoppers on the wedding red carpet. Nadia Batson looked radiant in a near gold colored, lace embellished, floor length dress, while reigning Soca monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago, Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louie, sported a suit that he hash-tagged, “Shakespeare” on social media. Like St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous, St. Lucia’s Teddyson John, T&T’s Lyrikal, Mr. Killa of Grenada and Antigua’s Ricardo Drue, the men of Soca rocked out hard and charming in black and white, taking their place in a wedding that has since been referred to as The Soca Met Gala.

Now, check out some of the hot looks by our Caribbean celebs and of course, you’ve gotta see what those said artistes caused when it came to rocking out on the dance floor…

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Soca Artiste/ Radio Personality Hits Harder. Tips His Hat to Ground DJs. Argues, Radio DJs Are Followers.

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Now this could be controversial but, it’d be worth it.

It’s very rare that a man with much to lose would open his mouth and subject himself to possible victimization by the said people he needs in his corner, but sometimes enough is just enough.

It’s not the first time that fingers are being pointed at the Radio men and women whose larger than life personas, big mouths and “eager to press play for the artistes they like or have vested interest in,” fingertips, are being criticized for their actions. While many would say there’s often a bigger machine in motion behind the music that’s blared across the airwaves, particularly at Carnival time, Bass and many others on the social media circuit have, in recent time, been opining on the matter of Radio DJs and their seemingly unethical method of music delivery to the masses- well unethical… or should we say, biased?

We spoke with Bass- the artist also known at Trilogy. He’s been in the game for over a decade, having collaborated with even Destra Garcia. Bass is also a songwriter and former DJ at New York’s Hot 97FM. He understands the game and understands the music industry, something that not many others can boast of. For years his music, like many other less popular artistes, has stood at the mercy of radio DJs who would faster play the music of 5 artistes repeatedly over a three-hour time span, than they would deliver a new song or two to the people who are so easily influenced by their music choices. Many DJs often say, “we’re playing what the people want to hear,” but is that entirely true? Bass doesn’t think so. He thinks Shurwayne Winchester has been given a raw deal and he also says he’d like to hear more of Snakey’s music played on the airwaves, telling us that Snakey is a tremendous performer who takes command of any audience he’s given the chance to perform for. “The DJs on the streets are a bit more open and respectful to the culture. They are not aligned to any artistes. They are not with any cliques, clans or crews. I have given my music to DJs at parties and they would play the music on the spot with no fear of losing credibility or anything. Radio DJs only follow,” said the artist.

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