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YUMA Welcomes Chocolate City Mas to Awakened Treasure.

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One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most well reputed J’ouvert and International mas brands, Chocolate City Mas, is delving into bigger things ahead of Carnival 2023.

Earlier this month, Chocolate City’s committee signed off on a deal with Carnival Masquerade band, YUMA, cementing its association on the ‘big mas’ scene. “It’s a major move for us,” said Larry Williams, President of Chocolate City Mas U.S. Together with Zarin Morean, President of Chocolate City J’ouvert in T&T, Williams and the rest of the committee now prime up for T&T Carnival 2023. The duo and their committee are eager to deliver to Trinidad and Tobago, new promotional efforts that could boost tourism through what they believe will be an equally beneficial partnership all the way around. 

Members of Chocolate City Mas committee. FROM LEFT: Jason Bishop, Larry Williams and Zarin Morean.

Ahead of next year’s carnival in T&T, Chocolate City, via this exciting association with YUMA, will promote Carnival particularly to its international market, offering dynamic promotions and exclusive offers on the road with YUMA, via a code, which will be exclusive to Chocolate City customers. 

YUMA Director, Tanya Gomes.

Both Williams and Morean agree that the Chocolate City brand has done well over the years, in T&T and overseas. Now, they’re excited to offer something that includes the pretty mas dynamic in Trinidad and Tobago. YUMA Director, Tanya Gomes says the entire team at YUMA is happy to welcome Chocolate City. “We’re thrilled and excited to be partnering with Chocolate City Mas. Carnival 2023 promises to be the mother of all Carnivals. As you know, Carnival in T&T has been dormant for 2 years (that’s 730 days and approximately 17,520 hours), and now, the Carnival spirit has awakened. We’re happy to partner with Chocolate City, an entity that matches our energy, vibe and spirit. Good things are coming!”

On Saturday, June 25th, YUMA launched 12 sections under the theme, Awakened Treasure. “Every section will be available to every customer who purchases via the Chocolate City code. We’ll be packaging the sections with unique additions that’ll offer increased satisfaction to masqueraders,” assured the Chocolate City team. 

Carnival 2023, set for February 20th and February 21st, the journey to delivering on this promise, is now underway. Chocolate City’s committee assures that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that everyone who buys into YUMA, via Chocolate City, returns each year thereafter. 

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Island Lime Magazine Set to Take Caribbean Energy to Global Heights.

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Both hard copy and digital, IslandLime Magazine’s on a mission. In the ever-expanding world that we now occupy, efforts continue to share the most authentic Caribbean energy, with everyone outside the Diaspora. It’s not a new idea but the man behind it has all the gumption it takes to make it make sense.

Simon Baptiste believes in the Caribbean potential.

Simon Baptiste says his team’s vision is to create a global platform that allows for the stories of Caribbean creators and creatives, to be shared with people around the world – people who are anxious to discover more about the heartbeat of the region. “Although we recognize the importance of what goes on within our region, there are also hundreds of tales – fiction and non fiction, being crafted by islanders in territories that stretch from North America ti Australia,” he said in a recent Ebuzztt chat. “It’s our job to reveal the players and the art.”

The magazine’s official launch took place on July 4th in Port- of- Spain, Trinidad and featured performances by Key DeVere and John G. In the aftermath of the launch, Simon issued a statement, thanking folks who came out in support. He explained that the rationale behind delivering the project now, lies in understanding that we – the Caribbean people, built nations. “A chain of over 700 islands, encompassing 1,063,000 square miles, has produced incomparable talent- people who have left and continue to leave an indelible mark on art, fashion, music, literature, entertainment, sports, science and technology,” he wrote. Baptiste praised his people, adding, “From Capitol Hill, to working spaces in Nairobi, to the offices of an advertising agency, Down Under, you’ll find someone who has island roots, and spreads the philosophy of what makes the Caribbean and its people so unbelievably spectacular.”

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Buju Banton Celebrates 51st Birthday Following Sold Out Weekend Shows in New York.

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He’s booked to return to New York in November but before that, renowned reggae artiste, Buju Banton will make 13 stops across the US. The Overcome Tour kicks off on August 23rd in Fort Lauderdale. The tour announcement came on the artiste’s birthday, earlier today.

Buju’s weekend double showcase at The UBS Arena has been the talk of the internet- photos and videos showing a sold out arena on both Saturday and Sunday. On stage on Saturday night, Buju – one of Jamaica’s most beloved entertainers, said God had bigger plans for him, despite being written off for a US return, by some. “They said, “you will never come back to the United States of America…” And I said to them, “let’s see what God will do.””

Buju Banton performs at UBS arena on July 13th


Online, some fans have described Buju’s performance in New York as spiritual, one person saying, “When you were ordained to do this, nobody can take it away.”
Buju returned to the US on May 2nd after six years. Prior to the weekend showcase, he had not performed in the States, in 15 years.

A media release by Destine Media confirmed a crowd of 36,000 filled the Long Island arena on the weekend. Noting the success of both shows, it was announced that Buju will now go on a multi-city tour accompanied by the Shiloh band. “The Overcomer tour will feature Billboard chart-topping special guest artiste, Fridayy,” it explained. “Known for his exceptional musical abilities, Fridayy, a Haitian American singer, songwriter, and record producer, has made waves in the music industry with his “When It Comes To You”, Stand By Me”, “Without You” and his triple Grammy nominated song “God Did” by Dj Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and John Legend.”

In a statement regarding the milestone, Buju’s manager, represented by Joesph Budafuco, expressed great pride in the entertainer’s accomplishments. Budafuco highlighted the significance of Buju returning to tour in the US after a 15-year hiatus, emphasizing the anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming tour.

An artiste known for his conscious expressions, both on stage and off, Buju celebrates his 51st year of life today. He certainly has a lot to celebrate.

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