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On the record May 4, 2017

“The Party’s Over”  – Prophets Of Rage –  Caroline Records This writer, who is a die-hard socially-conscious hip-hop fan, has always contended that rap music at its core is not and does not have to be “political”. Rap music though, is at its “BEST” when it “IS” political. The conscious community at times, has been guilty of trying to re-write history which makes them no better than the machine they’re raging against. “Hip-Hop, you don’t stop” is essentially party music. But anything conceived by Black people in America by nature is political at its core because America for Black people …

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May brings Cooler Experience and Army Fete

Let’s welcome the month of May. It’s the month when partygoers gear up for huge and important celebrations before the big summertime events like Carifiesta. Two mega deejays Ding Dong from Trinidad and Riggo Suave from NYC will be touching Montreal for the first time in two big events (Fetes) on Saturday, May 13, Soca vs Dancehall (Cooler Experience) and Saturday, May 20, for Army Fete pt 3. Let me first explain the definition of a “FETE”, a word loosely used when describing a huge festival, party or celebration. One of the biggest fetes to be introduced to the Montreal …

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On the Record April 23, 2017

“1969” – Andre Cymone – Blindtango Records When Prince’s parents divorced in the late 60’s, he tried his hand at living with his mother Mattie and his sister Tyka, until his abusive step-dad Hayward became too much for the young musical genius to endure. A failed attempt at living with his jazz pianist father John, who was caught in a world of music/eccentricity and rigid religious beliefs that could be bended at times when he played behind strippers in cabarets clubs, also proved too much for the teenage Prince Rogers Nelson, who was named after his Louisiana born dad’s stage …

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Chronixx is the new face of reggae

In Montreal on April 26 “O I met a girl this morning She was love at first sight Oo I met a girl this morning     And she was beauty to my eyes I ask her where she from She tell me in the Tropics     She asked me what’s my name     I tell her I am Chronixx     And I said girl tell me what’s your name and     She tell me that her name is Jamaica.”     This is a verse from the popular hit single “Smile Jamaica” by reggae artist Chronixx, who will be in Montreal …

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On The Record April 6, 2017

“Tremaine” – The Album – Trey Songz –   Atlantic Records The entire history of soul music, since Ray Charles in the late 40s and early 50s, sang of the virtues of feminine beauty, virtues and sexuality has been the sacred meets the sensual. The Genius, as Charles was simply known, blended the sacred music of Negro spirituals and hymns with lyrics of love, romance and carnal pleasures, which caused many church folk to accuse him of musical blasphemy. But like many of his contemporaries Charles was musically skilled, enough to understand the art of seduction and musical foreplay to …

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The bands are ready for Carifiesta 2017

Summer is coming. And as the temperature rises it brings us a little closer to the many events that add color and flavor to Montreal. Carifiesta is one of them. Those of you who have been reading my articles already know that I am not happy to see the decline of costume bands on the streets of Montreal during the Carifiesta parade. It is my responsibility not only as a journalist, but also as a defender of my culture, to make sure costume bands do not become extinct during Montreal Carifiesta. So let me shed light on the first two …

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Trini and J’ca: about crime and music

Let me give you a quick update on some of the most talked about topics in Trinidad & Tobago, as well as Jamaica. The #1 topic in Trinidad & Tobago is the crime rate. Trinis like to say God is a Trinidadian but, with Trinidad and Tobago recording 478 murders in 2016, and with the toll so far in 2017 at 106, it seems like the devil is vacationing there. As for Jamaica, the main topic is Vybz Kartel. Yes, his freedom is now maybe a reality with an appeal trial underway. Trinidad & Tobago’s crime situation has become so …

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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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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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