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X Factor Gets Soca and They Can’t Get Enough. Bring It Home Ola!

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Trinidad and Tobago celebrates one of its own today. Olatunji Yearwood has added more value to the island of Soca, steel pan and Carnival than even he probably understands, and it all happened on Saturday in the UK when the former Groovy Soca Monarch King mounted the X Factor stage.

Dressed impeccably in a custom-tailored Ecliff Elie suit, the 32-year-old superstar in the making confidently expressed his desire to show the world the greatness of Calypso and Soca music. “I am here to represent Calypso and Soca music,” he said as he addressed X Factor judges, Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louie Tomlinson. Olatunji, referring to himself simply as Ola, immediately transformed the vibe, to say the least, bringing sudden smiles of excitement to the faces of audience members, some of whom seemed awash with pride, with our assumption that they’re of Caribbean descent.

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Olatunji has been a part of the entertainment arena for 17 years. His parents, Eddie Yearwood and Mairoon Ali, both deceased, were stalwarts in Trinidad and Tobago’s rich cultural and entertainment landscape. His brother Rembunction, is also a performance artist. On stage on Saturday night, Ola said he writes his own music, something deserving of tremendous kudos.

Take a look at the young entertainer’s incredible debut to the X Factor stage. Be sure to keep that support for him strong in the coming weeks, after all, we all have a part to play in pushing Soca to see its full potential.

 

 

 

 

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The Biggest Name in Soca Right Now, Hits Soca on The Seas Next Month. Know Who?

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The Miami Carnival action is heating up. Each year, people from around the world head to Miami to take in the thrill of the Miami Broward carnival but this year, for many, the excitement is doubled, this as the folks who’ve been taking a leap of faith annually, with their Soca On The Seas brand, delivers another sensational cruise on the high seas- one day after Miami Carnival has ended.

An extended vacation for some, this year’s cruise, which kicks off from October 8th and returns to the Port of Miami on October 12th, will see Soca and Afro-Soca music and culture lovers, sail off to the Bahamas. At an exotic private island called CocoCay, a J’ouvert festival will unfold on Wednesday, October 10th. Dubbed an experience that will change your life forever, the Soca on The Seas team has over the years, brought vacationers a taste of the islands, and certainly a taste of the Caribbean carnival excitement, aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise line. This particular cruise will sail on the luxurious Mariner of the Seas- a ship that boasts multiple bars & lounges, delicious dining options, a massive spa, pool, hot tubs, fitness center, and a casino.

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Dem Trini Gyal Dem… Nicki Minaj, Cardi B Beef Takes Over the Net. Meanwhile…T&T Roti and Doubles Get Big Shout.

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It’s a jungle out there and two of the wild cats creating a scene these days are none other than Hip Hop’s leading ladies, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj- both of whom have Trini blood running through their veins. The pair has been seemingly at it for a while but things escalated on the weekend when Cardi B attempted to run into Minaj’s security entourage at a New York Fashion Week event. Instead, she was on the receiving end of a bump to the face all courtesy Minaj’s bodyguards who just wasn’t having it. Of course, Cardi wouldn’t have been satisfied until she took off her shoe and threw it in the direction of the ‘Ganja Burns’ singer. Nicki was not hurt.

Amanda Seales is a Grenadian-American comedian.

Well, it certainly didn’t end there. The banter between these two equally successful rappers continues this week and many have been weighing in on the attempted face off. One of the comments that has however left us all chuckling here in the Caribbean is that of Grenadian-American comedian and actress Amanda Seales.

She, of course, gave her two cents on the topic, expressing a point of view that started with a disclaimer that she does not condone violence, before telling her online viewers that there’s really no right place for a fight to go down. Her final comment, however, gave the Trinidad and Tobago delights Roti and Doubles, some pretty good publicity. We’re cracking up over here!

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