The Trinidad Express Newspaper highlighted the iTunes move in an article on Good Friday, this as soca artistes posted selfies of themselves on their way to various global destinations, to spread the sweetness of soca music to fans and newbies. On Saturday, Kimba Sorzano excitedly made mention of the iTunes move, saying, “Soca and Calypso have been added as a genre on iTunes…I am the happiest man alive!! Today feels like Christmas!!! It feels like Carnival!!!”
Sorzano recently released a new single in the aftermath of Carnival 2014. The track, called, ‘Represent’ is not categorized as soca but instead, falls into the R&B and Hip Hop genres. The new single offers lyrics that speak of the societal issues plaguing Trinidad and Tobago at this time- a situation that is compounded by heightened criminal activity on the island.
The iTunes news meanwhile, comes on the heels of Bunji Garlin’s ‘Differentology’ music video premiere on BET’s 106th and Park on Thursday evening.]]>
Diplomatically, Patrice Roberts told us that she accepts the experience as just that- an experience. She said Mrs. Montano, mother of soca megastar, Machel Montano has told her that every experience is a learning one, despite the fact that the best initial decision may not have been made. In an interview with EBUZZ this morning, a very introverted Roberts said she is not looking for a manager at this time and will rely on the assistance of Narissa Strong and Mrs. Montano to aid with bookings. “I leave him (Ian Pantin) and all who’ve been unjust to me, in the hands of God,” said Roberts, going on to describe Pantin as unpredictable. “I really went into the situation in a positive light, hoping for success and a fruitful partnership for him and I, given the fact that he had just come out of a situation. I had put all my trust in him but not every situation you go into is the best one for you,” she rationalised. Patrice said she can now relate to situations of the recent past in which Pantin’s name had been called. She however refused to go into further detail on what had sparked Pantin’s decision.
Explaining that her solo career is not managed by Elizabeth Montano because the senior Montano has chosen to take a backseat where such matters are concerned, Roberts told us that even Farmer Nappy is managed and assisted by a separate team, outside of the HD team’s management. Not perturbed too much by the current scenario, Roberts said she will continue to meet her commitments with promoters in the coming weeks. “I’m performing in Toronto on the 19th and then I’ll be back in Trinidad to perform at an event at the Hyatt. I head to Jamaica after that for a performance with the band and then I continue my solo shows in New York, Orlando and Bermuda,”she explained, adding that fans can also expect to see more videos and social media updates soon. Patrice admitted that she is in the process of organising her team, explaining that friend and videographer, Titan VCD is no longer a part of her professional career. She said they will always maintain their friendship but disclosed that Titan is now a part of Bunji and Fay-Ann’s camp and as such he will be obligated to traveling with them.
Having celebrated her 29th birthday on April 11th, Patrice told EBUZZ that she’s happy to have accomplished so much in her career at this age, adding that she celebrated her special day with friends, family and loved ones. “It was fun!,” she said with a lighthearted voice.
Promoters wishing to book Patrice Roberts will now have to email, firstname.lastname@example.org, contact Narissa Strong by emailing email@example.com or Elizabeth Montano via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a quick chat with EBUZZ this afternoon, Bunji said that while he had been invited to check out the phone by Digicel and of course, be among the first to get the S5, he is not in talks at the moment, to become affiliated as an endorsee with the Digicel brand. He told us that he’s excited to check out the waterproof capability of the new smart device and of course the underwater capability of the camera.
Separately, Bunji’s set for the road again this weekend, telling us that he’ll be heading to Jamaica, Toronto, Tobago Jazz Festival and then St. Maarten. He said his baby girl Syri has been chilling out here in Trinidad with her grandma and cousins while mommy and daddy’s been on the international grind. Bunji’s carded to appear on stage at Hot 97FM’s Summer Jam on June 1st. He will make history as the first Trinidadian Soca artist to perform at the festival, having been confirmed for the main stadium stage along with 50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Young Money, Wiz Khalifa, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Mustard, The Roots, Trey Songz, Sevyn Streeter, Kid Ink, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and more.
Calm as he usually is, the ‘Differentology’ singer told us it’s truly a great feeling to be able to accomplish this- to feel his dreams becoming reality and to be able to represent for T&T. He however said, “In my mind though, I am mindful in the moment, that all of this could just simply and easily vanish.”
Asked who has left the biggest impression on him since things took off overseas, Bunji said, US rapper Ludacris. “When Fay and I met him, it was at his video/photoshoot during our promo tour in Atlanta. Jonathan Mannion arrived at the same time with us and was like, ‘ you and Fay and the team need to come hang with Luda a bit at his shoot.’ Respecting his time and environment, we went over and he was very, very, very cool and we had a few laughs. We exchanged a little vibe and not for one moment was there an air of hype- not that we were expecting it but it was just encouraging. It showed that you can still reach the upper levels and still be level,” said the T&T soca star.]]>
The Carib endorsee has reportedly teamed up with Latin vocalist, Amarfis, re-releasing the track in a version that is said to be amped up a bit, adding to the vibe of the song. “Music is a universal language, sometimes you do not even need to understand what is being said and you instantly begin to move,” said DuBois, adding, “this Latin vibe to Monster Winer means that the creation of possibilities for the music and that is what I am about.” He was recently featured on MTVIggy- the international website known for shining the spotlight on new music genres and their artistes. READ MORE HERE.
Meanwhile, Amarfis, talking about his involvement in Kerwin’s ambitious move to take soca music to the Latin community said, “I am going to take this song to that Latin market and I know it is going to be a hit in Latin as well.” He said he’s been a lover of Soca and Calypso music for some time and was blown away when he heard “Monster Winer.”
Already, Bunji has revealed that this one’s gonna be inspirational. In an Instagram post this morning, the artiste who is currently in Miami, said, “Everyone has their time to shine. This is #Ourtime. Every time you look in the mirror, it reflects you, so if your reflection tells you you’re gonna fail you better pull the socks up on your reflection and tell it you’ve got this one chance and you are going to take it.”
In recent days in Miami, Bunji and his team which includes DJ and electronic media professional, Titan VCD, have been recording a number of video snippets for a Youtube channel called Ground Empire. He promises the snippets will be converted to full fledged episodes for all to see and understand their journey.
At Power 96 in Miami, Bunji was captured with DJ Zog who messed around with a little Caribbean dialect, leaving Bunji smiling toward the end. Another snippet which was taken following the artiste’s SXSW Music Festival appearances, sees him on air at Miami frequency, 103.5 The Beat. In it he is asked how he got the name Bunji Garlin and he’s also quizzed on whether he speaks Spanish. Bunji promises the full interview will eventually be reveled via the Ground Empire YouTube channel, along with their performances at the SXSW Music Festival so we’ve gotta stay tuned.
KMC’s powerful vocals are heard throughout the single and according to the artiste, the video and song will be premiered on international network, BET, soon. KMC has possibly been one of T&T’s most controversial artistes, having single handedly launched verbal attacks on radio stations and their personalities in the past, but, amid all of that, his musical efforts have been consistent.
The video emits quite the happy vibe. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.
Jamelody’s been a consistent source of reggae music on the local scene over the years, however in the aftermath of carnival 2014 in Trinidad, the Carenage native, undeniably disturbed by the senseless violence plaguing T&T and by extension, the world, penned a song that metaphorically plays on the word gun. The track was produced by Pengco Music’s Randal Alexander who told ETCETERABUZZ.COM that the track is just one of several other projects he’s working on with Jamelody.
Alexander has been at the fore of the local reggae scene in Trinidad and Tobago for some time. He’s worked with several local and regional reggae artistes and believes in the genre. His production work spans the Kush Riddim, Riddim 868, The Android Riddim, the Blueberry riddim and several others.]]>
Recently, Stephanie Kalloo, the young, female entertainer who shot into the local spotlight in 2012 when she collaborated with local reggae crooner, Marlon Asher on the single, “Beautiful Day”, released a brand new video for a single called, “Take It Up”. She’s been on the grind, not stopping for a second to allow fear of her music not receiving the desired push, deter her from her dream. The video was launched on France network television, Trace TV and according to Kalloo the network reaches worldwide audiences, allowing for the exposure of the track and video to people in parts far and wide. The new song and video comes on the heels of a carnival season in T&T that saw a number of groovy soca tracks take centre stage, and with over 3000 views already on YouTube, the groovy single that offers a touch of international appeal with its alternative flavor and smidgen of dancehall tempo, delivers warmth post C2K14.
Separately, on the hip hop front, local rapper, Chromatics is making good of his recent partnership with Angostura’s LLB brand. He’s been working the social media circuit well and while his overall aim is essentially to take his music further, he is proving to be quite efficient when it comes to his role as a corporate endorsee. ‘Matics released Carnival Rap Up 2014 on March 9th, after carnival in Trinidad and Tobago and while the final bit of musical ‘picong’ in the post carnival trilogy seemed a bit soft in comparison to the first and second offerings, Chromatics didn’t totally disappoint. He’s also been working the media circuit quite hard, doing interviews and of course, sharing the free download link to his Science of Colours Mixtape Volume 3 and promoting tonight’s Local Like A Boss event which also features local entertainers, Benjai, MX Prime and Squeezy Rankin.
Success has finally come for young entertainer, Flipo. His pre-carnival 2014 release, “Doh Tell Meh Dat Done” is making waves across the airwaves at the moment and with a number of gigs lined up locally, the youngster is experiencing a feeling of unadulterated bliss at the moment. We’ll be chatting with Flipo soon because as he indicated to us, there’s a lot happening and he’s excited to fill us in, as he makes moves to take his career to the heights of success.
The underdogs are rearing their heads. What’s to come, we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime we’ll keep you posted on what they’re up to so stay tuned! Check out Steph Kalloo’s video for “Take It Up” and Flippo’s “Doh Tell Meh Dat Done,” below.
ROLLING STONE“Carnival — the pre-Lenten blowout held around the world — came to an end nearly two weeks ago, but crossover star Bunji Garlin used his two SXSW appearances to bring the music and energy of Trinidad up to Austin, twice leading fans old and new through a shout-alongs of his triumphant 2013 hit “Differentology.” “I’m honored to be one of the first two Soca artists to perform at this festival,” he told the crowd at Rice and Peas’ Wednesday day party. The other? His wife, Fay-Ann Lyons, who followed Bunji’s performance with a few songs of her own, whipping the small crowd into such a frenzy that the speakers began to wobble and the stability of the Empire Auto back patio seemed in question.”
For years, the efforts of artistes like Machel Montano and countless others who’ve been flying the T&T flag in destinations across the globe, seemed futile, in some instances with only a little headway being made but now, the hard work of every artiste out of T&T, music producers and even DJ’s, particularly those who push the music hard in these territories, is paying off. People are becoming curious and the world is zooming in. Bunji Garlin, expressing his feelings some time ago via Instagram, begged his fans to avoid saying that this was all because of his efforts and his music, instead reminding them that many who had gone before him, had paved the way for what was happening. Indeed, he was right. Calypsonians like the Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, David Rudder and countless others fought the hard fight for Trinidad and Tobago’s culture to be exposed to the world and while it didn’t happen immediately, they too are now living to see the offspring of Calypso make its mark on the universe.
On the issue of carnival- the main stage for Soca music, ETCETERABUZZ.COM in a recent chat with Gisselle The Wassi One Blanche, noted the passion felt by this true carnival ambassador for the little things that make T&T’s carnival the “Greatest Show On Earth.” She lamented that the influencers of the festival need to be careful of the direction in which they are taking the festival, for fear of losing the authenticity of T&T’s carnival. She said she feared that very soon public fetes or grassroots fetes like Fire Fete, WASA and even Army Fete, would be no more- this as replicas of foreign styled parties continue to pop up on the festival calendar.
One may say this is all a part of the evolution of the festival but according to Wassi, segregation is felt when this is done and this she says, is a dangerous and unfair trend that does not depict the true essence of carnival. The Miami native who is the daughter of Trinidadian parents also called on the artistes to be mindful of the local industry, saying that pricing or overpricing is hurting the grassroots events. She said artistes need to remember that this is the said audience who essentially made most of them who they are today.]]>
Contacting all who had helped in making the showing a success on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, band leader, Glenroy Watson told ETCETERABUZZ.COM that he couldn’t be happier. “I want to thank the masqueraders for taking the chance on Flirt. We did it!”, he exclaimed, undoubtedly ecstatic over the news. On the band’s Facebook page, masqueraders were informed of the results and thanked for their patronage. According to Watson, there has been a lot of interest since Flirt’s showing on the road, by band leaders up the islands and even as far as Hollywood. “People have been asking us to link with them for carnivals in the Caribbean and internationally, already. It is unbelievable but we did this with love and as a family so this is the feedback we’re getting in return,” he said.
Flirt Carnival, when launched in August 2013 at the band’s mas camp in Port-of-Spain, got the support of entertainers Bunji Garlin and his wife, Fay-Ann Lyons, Cassi and others in the entertainment fraternity. Watson said the vibe of enjoyment promised to masqueraders from the very beginning, was in fact delivered and this is possibly the main reason they’ve won the medium band of the year title for 2014. Already, anxious mas lovers are showing interest in playing mas with the band in 2015. “We’ve been receiving emails from people and they are ready to register for next year and the band hasn’t even started planning for 2015, ” he said with a laugh.
Watson and his team are now pumped for what lies ahead. He assured the 2015 unveiling will be nothing short of spectacular, explaining that suggestions given by masqueraders during this past season’s experience, will definitely be taken into consideration.