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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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‘A Team’ Keeps The Fire Burning. They’re Gearing Up for A Whirlwind 2019.

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Every entertainer wants to be a superstar but it’s pretty extraordinary to find a team of individual artistes and musicians whose sole aim is to ignite the hearts of the masses, treating each player in the Soca game with an equal amount of respect and not to mention, wishing them all great success. The A Team Band is that team. 

Ms. Kerlz on stage with The A Team Band. 

Lead singer, Eddie Charles has been a part of the Caribbean’s entertainment fraternity for some time.

From the 90’s to today, Eddie’s style of stage delivery has been unique, making him stand a part from the rest, each time. He’s joined on stage in frontline position by sole female vocalist, Ms. Kerlz and the pretty talented, Abbyshi Jackson.

What’s unique about the A Team Band is their appreciation for all artistes and the varying sounds and styles they bring. We recently had a chat with them, and here’s how they responded to some of the questions asked. 



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Patrice Roberts Wows Nailah’s Sokah Origins With Slammin’ Hot Bod.

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Photo Credit: Jermaine Cruickshank

Patrice Roberts is kicking all the haters to the curb. Well, that’s if she has any. Truth be told, everyone seems to be a huge fan of the ‘I Like It Hot’ singer who, in 2018, was present at almost every carnival fete, including Machel Montano’s Machel Monday. 

In 2019, we suspect Patsy’s gonna be a runaway horse, leading the pack with a level of confidence, many’ll just have to be in awe of. On Saturday night, in South Trinidad, the Toco native, threw all inhibitions out the door, donning a lengthy braided hair extension, complete with a body fitted ensemble that drew attention purely to her curves. 

Patrice’s body has been a topic of much debate over the years. She’s addressed public concerns as to whether she’s had work done, in the past, saying she hasn’t. In a 96.1WEFM interview in 2014, Roberts told Kim and Olatunji Yearwood that she’d simply been training very hard in the gym, getting her butt tightened as many had observed. Fast forward to 2018 and the mom of one is owning the attention, leaving tongues dragging and making even ladies, stare. 

Roberts has released a slew of soca tracks already, heading into Carnival 2019. We foresee an amazing season for the once-upon- a- time HD frontline vocalist who was mentored by the King of Soca himself, Machel Montano. She has teamed up with Sekon Sta on a single called, “My Side”. Beyond that, Patrice has given us several other great Carnival singles, all worthy of applause. 

Patrice at Sokah

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