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ONR March 9
Entertainment

On The Record March 9, 2017

Miles Davis brought Jazz to the next level “Everything’s Beautiful” – Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Columbia Records After emerging as a side-men with greats such as; Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, Davis began his career as a bandleader with mixed results from the critics. Davis, however was never one to be too concerned with critics or for anyone who didn’t care for his music for that matter. He was too busy getting ready to change the face of popular music, even through what was to soon become a niche genre in music at the time …

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Proddy March 9
Entertainment

The Carnival is over. Preparing for more

The 2017 Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago has come and gone and life is returning to normal for many. But for Soca artistes and international Djs as myself, we know that the task of spreading the love of carnival and the music has only just begun. And because Soca lovers are expecting real time information about 2017 Trinidad carnival every time they open the Montreal Community Contact newspaper, I’ve put together some results for the various competitions and events that colored the carnival season in Trinidad.    International Soca Monarch: 1.Aaron “Voice” St. Louis – “Far From Finished” 2. Orlando …

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The Grand Dame of Calypso Snags Music Award in France

Calypso Rose wins World Music Album of the Year Contact Staff Calypso Rose was 15-years-old in 1955 when she hit the music scene in Trinidad and around the world. Earlier this month, the 76-year-old singer reached her highest high when she snagged the prestigious Music Victory Award, winning World Music Album of the Year. She becomes the first Caribbean artist to win a Victory award, the French equivalent of the Grammys and the country’s most respected music award with more than 1200 industry professionals voting for the candidates. She won with her 2017 carnival album Far From Home, which was …

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ONR Feb 23
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On The Record Feb 23,2017

“Self Titled” – Eric Benet – Jordan House Records Eric Benet can sing his tail off. He is and always was bursting at the seams with talent and creativity. From choosing to cover the  1973 classic Sly And The Family Stone gem “If You Want Me To Stay”, on his 1996 debut album “True To Myself” to his trading vocal licks with Roy Ayers’ vibraphone on the heartbreaking “When You Think Of Me” from Benet’s 1999 sophomore set “A Day In The Life”. Creativity and an incredible voice were not the issues in Benet’s stormy career. His high profile marriage …

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Proddy Feb 23
Entertainment

Soca overload at T&T Carnival 2017

Mx Prime and Ultimate Rejects takes it to the Full Extreme Two of the biggest days in the Caribbean calendar is upon us. The  Trinidad and Tobago carnival fall this year on Monday and Tuesday February 27 & 28th and comes with its usual display of costumes,  fetes, and non-stop music. As usual, people are excited to know what’s going on in Trinidad & Tobago  carnival season so far.  Is there any bacchanal?  What’s the hottest  Soca tune? Who is dominating on the  soca scene? Who won the Chutney Soca Monarch?  And will Machel Montano  lose road march this year? …

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Proddy feb 9
Entertainment

All about Showtime’s Mr. Popular and Machel and Bunji coming together to buss heads

In the previous issue I mentioned that Soca lovers are expecting real time information about Trinidad Carnival every time they open the Montreal Community Contact newspaper, that’s why I make sure that the Island Scoop article becomes the one-stop shop for Soca news during Trinidad and every other Carnival around the world. That being said, we are in the month of February, known as Black History Month, which provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of people of African ancestry. It was initiated in Canada by the Ontario Black History Society, which was founded …

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ONR jan 26
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On the Record Jan 26, 2017

“Story”– Paul Bailey – Global Soul Records Montreal’s Paul Bailey (born in England) has been a mainstay and a veteran on the Montreal r’n’b scene for over 2 decades. His music video for “Desire”, as a member of the duo Scandalous, along with partner Dante, was a staple on Much Music and Musique Plus. Bailey has released countless indie recordings and has appeared on several compilations. His recent publishing deal with Global Soul has brought his music overseas, especially to Asia, as well as to the U.S., as part of television and film projects and video games. His new album, …

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Prodd jan 26
Entertainment

From Uncle Ellis to Mr. Popular

Making thier mark on T&T Carnival As we get closer to February 27 and 28, known as Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Monday and Tuesday this year, Soca lovers can expect ‘real time’ information about Trinidad Carnival each time they open the Montreal CommunityCONTACT newspaper. That’s why I will make sure that the Island Scoop article becomes the ‘one-stop’ for Soca news during Trinidad’s and every other carnival around the world. So what has been going on since the season started? Let’s first start with the Chutney Soca Monarch, one of the first major competitions of the carnival season. Each year a …

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The Year That was 2016

So much happened in sports, music and events around the community Years come and go quickly, but our memories will last forever. Much like its predecessor, 2016 was filed with highs lows, good and bad. So much transpired over the 12 months, reflecting can sometimes get blurry. One event that we’re guaranteed to remember was the historical U.S. elections, and President-elect Donald Trump still doesn’t roll off the tongue easily for me. However, we must accept his victory and hope for the best going forward. Another memorable standout of this past year was the death of so many musical icons, …

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otr-dec-20
Entertainment

The Soul Of Christmas Music

I grew up in a house full of Christmas music. When I wasn’t religiously watching the usual children televisions specials like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “Frosty The Snowman”, I was busy listening to Mahalia Jackson while compiling my list of Christmas wants, e.g.: Six Million Dollar Man action figure, Muppet Show drum set, Superman pyjamas, and of course the latest albums by Curtis Mayfield, The Commodores and James Brown. Oh, there were the standard Christmas hits played as well, like “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” …

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