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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
Entertainment

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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D smooth
Entertainment

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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Caribbean Christmas Traditions

I would like to ask my readers, how many Caribbean Christmas traditions and customs do you practice or celebrate in your household? Caribbean tradition provides an important connection with the past, such as roots, heritage, core values… those are often parts of that connection and bring value and meaning into our lives. Understanding and sharing our Caribbean traditions, heritage and belief systems can provide insights into present-day life. That being said, December 25th will mark my 10-year anniversary hosting the annual Christmas show titled “Island Riddims” live on CKUT 90.3FM. From 11:30am to 4pm on Christmas Day I will be …

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Entertainment

On the Record Dec 8, 2016

“Merry Christmas From Andra Day” – Warner Bros Records When Day re-recorded Stevie Wonder’s classic 1967 anti-war Christmas anthem “Someday At Christmas” with the Motown legend himself as a duet, the music world knew this San Diego, California native was carrying some musical clout. If music lovers didn’t take notice when Lady Day unleashed the monstrously uplifting single “We Will Rise”, which ironically was used for a Beats By Dre headphones ad before First Lady Michelle Obama made it the theme song for her “Let Girls Learn” campaign, aimed at education rights for young girls in the First World. But …

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Entertainment

Soca Vibes: Bazodee at Touch of Red

When it comes to the Montreal Soca scene,  I will be the first to admit  that talking about our problems has become our greatest addiction. This is a habit we need to break by shedding light on the joys and  progressions we see in the Soca market. Do you remember the recent  article I wrote pertaining the premier of hit Caribbean movie  “BAZODEE”  in Montreal? It was schedule to be screened at Cinema  Cineplex (AMC) Forum  on October 21st to 25th with only five days  notice but due to the overwhelming support and success it was extended  to November 3rd. …

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otr-nov10
Entertainment

On the Record Nov 10, 2016

“Prince 4Ever”  – Prince – N.P.G. Records/Warner Bros. Records This writer has never been a huge fan of greatest hits compilations but nevertheless understand their purpose. Especially in the case of Prince, arguably the most prolific artist in pop history, who left us on April 21 of this year, a victim of an accidental fentanyl overdose. There were three officially released Prince greatest hits compilations over the years. The 1993 three disc boxed set “The Hits 1 & 2 , The B-Sides, which Prince released through a collaboration with Warner and his own Paisley Park label. Prince participated in that …

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Entertainment

2017 Soca CDs now available

Get on The Flight for free We are a month away from Christmas, the season of giving, and I’m happy to use my two favorite four-letter words in one sentence: Free and Soca. If you are looking for a Soca mix to jam to in your car, home or iPod with all the upcoming 2017 Soca you are definitely reading the right article as my annual Soca mix title: “Flight Soca Sessions Vol. 3” is completed, packaged and available to the public. Flight Soca Sessions came about because of the high demand by fans, listeners and supporters for a Soca …

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