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The 2019 Soca surge and Mr. Killa

Contact Staff Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago for the 2019 carnival were gifted with what has been loosely described as “a bumper crop” of Soca and calypsos. Yep, this year, many agreed the music was nice, especially hits like ‘So Long’ and ‘Hookin Me,’ two masterpieces penned by the erstwhile Nadia Batson, which she and her friend Farmer Nappy turned into party anthems for the season. In both songs, which were released very early in the season, Batson was able to capture the nuances of life-situations in T&T and packaged them in some sweet, sweet melodies and people jumping. Among …

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WIZKID BRINGS THE HEAT TO MONTREAL

 Contact STAFF If you  like to get up and dance, then get ready for the powerhouse that is Wizkid. The Nigerian international star, famously known as the “Starboy,” will be hitting the stage in Montreal at the Olympia on March 31st   Showtime, 7PM. Wizkid is hailed as the epitome of Afro-international success. He is seen as the poster boy of the new crop of rising artists on the contintent, showing off their uncompromising african rhythms, and by extension introducing the world to the sounds of the “new” Africa. The Nigerian charmer has been making waves in the entertainment industry for …

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SHIFT: A woman-centered event focusing on empowerment

Contact Staff The way Roen Higgins sees it, sisters in the Black community, especially those in the English speaking sector, need a solid dose of the empowerment elixir to “revive the soul.” The youthful and highly popular educator, spoken-word artist and community advocate says she is troubled by the number of Black women who’re stunted emotionally or professionally by the many false perceptions they carry of themselves. So true-to-form, the creative go-getter that she is, Higgins is doing something about it. On the evening of Tuesday, March 12, she is inviting women of color to Espace Knox in NDG to …

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Special Features

SHARDS OF GLASS

Contact Staff From celebrated Montreal poet, N Oji Mzilikazi comes a revealing collection of poetry titled, Shards of Glass: Poetry for the Adventurous. This daring collection explores an array of societal issues such as love, relationships, spirituality, and social constructs. “I want my poems to not only be thought-provoking, but to ignite meaningful dialogue,” N Oji said in an interview with the CONTACT. True to form the different pieces take the reader on an adventure, keenly investigating and examining the various threads of our societal, moral and even spiritual fabric. Mzilikazi uses his voice to pose questions, answer them and …

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Liberty Silver coming for Evening With The Stars

Contact Staff Evening With The Stars promises to be one of the more entertaining events of the year. It brings to town Liberty Silver, the three- time Juno  and Grammy  (Collaboration) winner, along with another award winner Tony Anthony together with Montreal’s Pete Douglas and Anushka Wright. Silver also brings a spectacular list of achievements and a glowing track record on the music scene to the evening. Originally from the US she moved north and established herself as one of Canada’s most accomplished performers becoming the first Black woman to receive a Juno Award. She has performed at Jazz festivals …

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MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

By Rasta KEITH As the two-year long election campaign in America begins to pick up steam (and setting aside the kind of sarcasm; nay, satire, so cleverly engaged in by Swamp Dogg in his song “God Bless America”), anyone uttering the slogan “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” would unequivocally be making the presumption that Americans actually have the wherewithal to make America “great.” But then the question immediately arises as to the etymology of the term “great.” The Muslim phrase “Allahu Akbar,” generally translated “God is Great,” provides an appropriate context in which the term might be best understood. There are …

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Julian Marley releases As I Am

The son of Bob showcases his extraordinary songwriting and musical talent with latest album Contact Staff As one of 11 children of one of the biggest names in the world of music, Julian Marley knows a thing or two about individuality and finding your own ground. “When it comes to music you must have your own identity,” is the way he tells it. “And it’s important to know that you can win by being yourself.” It’s not like he is on the music scene to win anything. The music he creates, he says, “is an inspiration from the Almighty,” that …

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The pain of finding Love after Separation

Stories of the Caribbean Domestic Scheme find resonance in Trey Anthony’s How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Contact Staff The way Tamara Brown sees it, BTW’s 2019 main stage production, How Black Mothers Say I Love You, which plays on Centaur Theatre from February 28, is really a story that reflects our community. The play, a masterpiece by Toronto playwright/comedian Trey Anthony, speaks to the reality of many families that have been impacted by the pangs of separation that came with decisions made by many Caribbean women to emigrate to major metropolitan centres in search of better lives. Anthony, …

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The New West Can Cultural Arts Center is a one-stop joint for shows and other events

Contact Staff With the opening of the new West Can Cultural Arts Center, the organization that has come to be known as the cultural ambassadors of the Black and Caribbean community has found a home. According to Melika Lewis, a spokesperson for the organization, the centre that is located at 5311-1B De Maisonneuve West, adjacent to the Caribbean Food Factory, “will serve as a hub for Caribbean Culture in Montreal and will be a space where cultural creativity can live and thrive.” She says they plan to turn the place into an events centre and a regular hub of activities …

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