The 7th Annual Barbados Music Award nominees have been announced. The event which is slated for Sunday December18th at the Kensington Oval promises to be even bigger with an all star line up which will be headlined by multi-million selling Grammy winner Monica.
On Wednesday 19th October 2011 at Trotters, Trinidad the SAO Soca Awards Ltd. launched the 9th Annual International Soca Awards (iSA) and released the Honorees & Nominees for 2011.
October 25th 2011 saw Ancil Thorne of BWV Entertainment hosting the BMobile Soca Spree launch party at Bar Code Night Club in Tobago. The lineup for this event included Lil’ Rick, Inches from Barbados and Shurwayne Winchester in his hometown of Tobago.
“Inches” has certainly captured the party element of the night club scene and the upcoming carnival revelry with his monster hit “Jiggle It”. The track continues to be hammered on the airwaves of Trinidad and Tobago, played in the parties and can be heard blasting from every street corner.
From the age of 14, this talented Virgo has been performing and writing songs. He made his first entry onto the music scene performing in 2000 at the local Junior monarch competition and later joined the House of Soca calypso tent. In just a short time he has collaborated with Barbadian Peter Ram on a track called “The African song and also reggaeton Cuban artist Papito on the single Show Me Your Motion. Between 2004-2007 he released a string of recordings including “Dunnin Eveyrting” , “Get Soak” and “Trance”.
Most recently, he has been heating up the airwaves with his track “Jiggle It” which was produced by Michael B Rocka Holder of Zurishinaj Studios. The song is co-written by Peter Ram and is one of tracks featured on the popular "Waves Riddim" which was released in 2010. Excited by the response which the song is receiving in soca circles Inches says, “ I feel really blessed to know that this song is doing well. Some people try for a lifetime to achieve this kind of recognition through their music and it just goes to show that good music never dies.”
Jiggle It has made such an impact in Trinidad that a remix with one of that country’s leading soca entertainers is already on the cards for the upcoming carnival season. Check out this youtube clip of a young lady showing viewers how to Jiggle It!
For those who made it to London’s Nottinghill Carnival there was barely enough time to charge up before the next stop on the carnival calendar – Miami!!. And if you missed Skinny Fabulous charging up Nottinghill then you were sure to find him at one of the many events during the recent carnival weekend in Miami.
Miami Carnival kicked off on Wednesday, October 4th with a press conference which featured appearances by soca queen Alison Hinds, Oungku from Antiguan Burning Flames and the Vincentian three time soca monarch winner. As a string of events were unveiled for the long anticipated Carnival weekend it was evident that those flocking to the state for the weekend’s celebrations had more than enough events to choose from.
Skinny Fabulous passed through Bacchanal Wednesday at Sosta Lounge, Downtown Hollywood and joined Machel Montano on stage at Thursday nights Girl Power event leaving behind an energetic performance which left fans begging for more.
By the Friday night, power levels were at a maximum and the crowd at Black and White, the all inclusive premiere party of the weekend got another taste of the 135 lb artist alongside Benjai, Blaxx and Iwer George. On stage at Flag Night Skinny also took time to introduce to the stage Barbadian Big Red known for his monster hit “Bend Over and Don’t Look Back and the Virgin Island Groovy Soca Monarch Queen Rudy singing her huge hit “ Pressure during his set.
Miami Carnival is not just about performing, its also about taking the opportunity to spread the word about soca music. Check out an interview with Skinny Fabulous on Miami’s WPBT2’s PULSE with host Jessy Schuster which will air Sunday, October 23rd at 12:00 PM and repeat on Thursday, October 27th at 7:30PM on WPBT 2. Check it out here
Monsterratian beauty Jadine has not only been dreaming of a career in music but also living her dreams. Her story is one which her manager Victor Lewis who has worked closely with Jadine and witnessed her growth over the years felt should be shared in Lewis’ upcoming docu-series Caribbean Dreamers. Directed by Lewis and produced by Revolutionary Laboratory the project features the behind the scenes real life stories of several Caribbean artistes and their journey to make a name for themselves in the global music industry.
Monsterratian born, Boston based Jadine joined the likes of Jamaican Tessane Chin, Third World and actor Leon in this “up close and personal look into these artists’ lives as they bring their uniquely Caribbean artistry into all corners of the globe.” According to Lewis, Caribbean Dreamers also captures “on screen globe-trotting business moguls crossing continents promoting their art; brokering deals; putting out fires and starting others.”
The docu-series will hit the screen on the 16th November, 2011 at the Roxy in Los Angeles. To view the trailer check out www.caribbeandreamerstv.com and look out for the soon to be launched www.iamjadine.com official website.
It seems that no matter wherever Omari Ferrari goes he is determined to make his mark. This singer, songwriter and producer has now turned radio host in just over a few months after making the island of St. Maarteen his new home.
Omari who is best known for his breakthough song Wine On You with Fito Balnco (Panama) and follow up singles Party Music, Te Quiero, Handle De Bumper and Happiness in the soca arena has barely settled in but has quickly landed a spot on the leading radio station Laser 101FM with fellow deejay Versatwizy. Since the launch of the show earlier this month, Omari says, “We’ve gotten nothing but tons of support from the listeners. We don’t just play music but we also interact with the listeners and get their feedback on things which are happening around us. It’s a show with a difference!“
For those who know him, this new step in his career has come as no surprise. Omari loves the Caribbean, loves music and his strong Caribbean ties combined with his international music experiences are sure to add value to St. Maarteen’s music scene.
Check him out weekdays from 6-9pm on the “Boom Box” radio show where you can listen to some of the latest music and stay up to date with what’s happening in the music industry worldwide. Click here to listen www.laser101fm.com
Honey Jams Barbados 2011 has officially launched! Kicking off the event at Divi Southwinds Hotel founder Ebonnie Rowe says she was proud to present an event which was “more than just a show.”
Honey Jams is an all female multicultural, multigenre artist showcase and the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. It is based on the Honey Jam movement in Canada which boasts Nelly Furtado as their most famous alumna. Back in February, 2011 the concept was first introduced to Barbados titled “ A Taste of Honey Jams” and it was so well received that founder Ebonnie Rowe felt compelled to introduce the full movement to Barbados.
Speaking before a crowd of former participants, aspiring artistes and sponsors, Ms. Rowe called on those at the corporate and governmental level interested in developing a platform for talent irrespective of their musical genre to support the showcase. Making the point that Honey Jams is a showcase and not karaoke, Ms. Rowe encouraged those serious about making a career in the music industry to sign up for the auditions.
Lead vocalist Philip 7 of the band Masala will join soca queen Alison Hinds as a judge for the auditions on October 4th at the Plantation Garden Theatre and the finalists will showcase on the 14th November, also at the Plantation.