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SOCA POP DUNG

18 January, 2012 Leave a comment

to be read as SOCA gone POP… SOCA POP DOWN… or SOCA as POP is DUNG! i wasnt sure what ti title this one as… off we go…

 

was prompted to write this after a status update on facebook led me to answer that SOCA has always been POPular to us and the Caribbean Diaspora at large… i immediately went to the best resource known to mankind… wikipedia… and searched for POP music… guess what i found… ok i’ll share it… We’ve been singing POP all these years

 

 

The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, even though the former is a description of any form of music which is popular (and can include any genre), whilst the latter is a specific genre of music which has qualities which would make it appealing to a large audience.[1] Pop music, as a genre, is very eclectic, often borrowing elements from other styles throughout its course such as urbandancerockLatin and country,[1] yet there are core elements which define it. Such include generally short-to-medium length songs, written in a basic format which is often the verse-chorus structure, which generally make usage of repeated choruses, have a melodic sound, and have catchy hooks.[1] So-called “pure pop” music, such as power pop, features all these elements, and for instrumentation uses electric guitarsdrums and a bass;[1] in the case of such music, the main goal is usually that of being pleasurable to listen to, rather than having much artistic depth.[1] Pop music is generally thought of as a genre which is commercially recorded and desires to appeal to a mass audience.[1]

wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_music

 

 

looking at this through my myopic view… its spot on… now what folk really want to say isnt about the musical structure but how it sounds… it sounds different… different to what we were accustomed to… it is no longer the Pla-Ka-Tikki Pla-Ka-Tikki of decades ago… decades ago when DISCO was in and a seven minute song was normal and somewhat POPular…

 

i’m no researcher or scientist so i just rant off the top of my head… most of the complainers of the new sound are the same folk who would readily jump to a Rihanna instead of give Denise Belfon the benefit of the doubt, when she performs her decade old routine, at one of the first fetes of the season… why… coz RiRi does mix it up… i think the people dem frighten of what could happen if SOCA becomes POPular to more than a Caribbean Diaspora…

 

is it that they fear losing their stars and idols for Carnival… the single most important thing for many a Trini.. so some say…

 

so until next time take no offence when i say islandPOOP… i only refer to the real mess choonz in that manner… not everything from any one studio/producer/artiste falls into that category… hopefully… allyuh enjoy the music and stop trying to create divisions when at this point in time UNiTY is what is needed… its an industry allyuh trying to build… i may assist from time to time… coz i see opportunity within it for what i like to do…

Super Red 20

9 December, 2011 4 comments

Fantastic Friday gets rebranded by some moron… or was it a Digicel idea…

Fernandez also called on the Government and Carnival stakeholders to support artistes and local culture 100 per cent, not only at Carnival time, but year-round. He pleaded for a 50 per cent share radio time for local artistes saying we had enough talent in T&T which included producers and songwriters well able to fill a space.

amazes me that they only make these statements at Carnival time… why not promote an Alternative Music Festival if allyuh so love Trini talent?

Fernandez also questioned why other islands such as Barbados could produce stars like Rihanna and others while T&T, critically acclaimed for its talent, was still struggling to stamp its name on the international market.

RiRi might have been born and bred in Barbados for some years in her life but they didnt produce her. Jay-Z snapped her up after she jumped on a plane and had her sign a multi album deal. and FYI Fernandez Heather Headley is performing on the 17th in NAPA. by your standards she is Trini and has made a name on the international market. wah bout Onika Maraj?

“Artistes in T&T don’t have the support they need,” he insisted. “We are calling for an artiste development fund of $5 million annually to be used for the development of our local artistes of all musical genres.

With this fund ten artistes would be selected each year and $500,000 will be invested in developing their talent and careers over the period of three years,” he suggested. His sentiments were echoed by Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Winston “Gypsy” Peters, who subsequently delivered a feature address. Peters stated that while he supported Fernandez’ plight, he believes that artistes must also invest in the creation of this fund and let the Government match it.

oh 10 artistes would be selected to get one and a half million… by who? yes i… and the GoRTT should just fund your biz and expect what in return… oh right ppl come to Trinidad Carnival just for SOCA Monarch.

i prefer the option put by the Gypsy. 50/50

I can say that the performer who can act as his own accountant, marketer and public relations specialist always has an edge over the individual who cannot do so,” he added. Peters also praised Munro for his foresight and belief in Soca Monarch, citing the competition has placed T&T on a world map. He said he had always supported the vision and pledged that his Ministry would continue to support the efforts of CPF through existing initiatives such as the National Registry of Artistes and Cultural Workers and other future initiatives.

foresight is right… for years he gets to keep the profits while state agencies fund the majority of the prizes… oh and i agree with Gypsy again… even if application to the registry isnt an easy exercise itself.

New developments for Soca Monarch 2012

The 20th anniversary of Soca Monarch will also be celebrated with a few changes. The event will now begin at 9 pm instead of 9.30pm. The Hasely Crawford Stadium will be opened to the public from 5 pm to alleviate traffic congestion when getting into the venue. Early-bird patrons will be able to enjoy the Carnival atmosphere created on the external parameter of the venue.

According to Munro, there will be dozens of Carnival characters including moko jumbies, fancy sailors, jab jabs, steelpan, pan round the neck, tassa and rhythm sections to create an energetic and exciting ambience. Large screens will also be erected for soca enthusiasts to view the onstage activities.

Only two categories of tickets will be sold for the competition—general and VVIP. The celebrity panel this year comprises both local and international stars. From T&T O’Brian Haynes, Wendy Fitzwilliam and Dr Rupert Griffith of the Ministry of Tourism, with the international cast including BET 106&Park’s Terrance Jenkins and House of Payne’s Lance Gross.

Tickets for the Digicel International Soca Monarch Competition 2012 go on sale as early as December 12.

 

Machel Montano Nominated for Soul Train Award 2011

22 October, 2011 6 comments

The Soul Train Music Awards for 2011, have nominated Machel Montano for the prestigious award for the category of Best Caribbean Performance with his hit single, “Bend Over”. One of Montano’s more popular songs for 2011, “Bend Over” has left an indelible mark on many fans and concertgoers due to the catchy rhythms, lyrics and most of all, their spectacular performance. At every show, all are left with their jaws open as Machel Montano and his dancer Brithany Dookie performs to this song. Everyone stops and stares, literally. In this category, along side Machel Montano, the other nominees are:

All nominees are top performing artists and worthy contenders in the Best Caribbean Performance category. Machel commented on his nomination, “ both myself and Team HD feel honored and delighted that “Bend Over” has been nominated as we know how much energy that is pumped into each time we perform, always keeping it fresh for each show and always keeping the audience mesmerized.” The Soul Train Music Awards honors the best in Black music and entertainment and the voting committee comprises of active professionals from the arena of radio programming, music retail and management and recording artists with records that have charted in designated music trade publications in the year prior to proceedings.

For interviews, photos, music and press kit contact manager, James Walton at jameswalton1@gmail.com or (818)517-5958.

Story by – Rachel Hitlal

 

interesting to me is that Machel and Movado don’t have any official music videos of their songs!

DR. EVIL/LEFTSIDE – TRANSFORMER REMIX

3 March, 2010 1 comment

not posting this for the song but more for the vid… i like what was done… told the story…

Rihanna – Rated R

13 November, 2009 4 comments

RiRi has been able to have some great writers on tap after happening to be in the right place at the right time to launch her career… yeah she landed in HOVA’s lap and that’s even better than being found by Diddy… but she also had to come out from behind Beyonce who has been tearing up the charts like no other female before her… i dunno if its the thunder thighs or if they really have talent but something certainly has people interested in seeing and hearing them both…

RiRi has certainly grown up since we first heard her asking the DJ to play it Pon de RePlay… allegedly having nude pics Pon de Internet… grown up so much now that its Rated R… after being bludgeoned by Chris Brown… she has emerged with this new album… making an appearance on the tele to speak about her own personal ‘domestic affairs‘ will certainly not hamper album sales coz it tends to get your name out there… any publicity is good publicity… especially when playing the role of victim… anyway we eh dealing with ‘domestic affairs’ here… album review time… just know that i sometimes get it wrong but generally am right… but they way i done see ppl reacting to Destra’s Fireworks i may be wrong… or just honest like WuzDeScene… song may be crap but the piper called Urban Radio will soon convert me…

Rihanna - Rated R (album cover)

  • Mad House is some trippy DubStep… as an intro…
  • Wait Your Turn… damn RiRi using expletives… chatting in patois… or as we say dialect… well kinda… choon kinda slow pace but me think the lyrics aight…
  • Hard with Jeezy… this choon i find it HARD… prob cause I had it fuh about a week b4 and was banging it… kinda choon that would be banging in the CLUB… infectious beat…
  • Stupid in LOVE… sound like a choon of reflection… i feel the ladies will be playing this when they break up with they fella… i not really feeling the emotion in the choon… just singing lyrics… will be playing on the overnight sessions tho…
  • RockSTAR 101 with Slash… a next slow pace song… if the BPMs were a bit faster i could get into this… “Neva played a Victim”… have some kinda ‘racy’ lyrics in a verse… guess this is waiting for the DANCE remix to become a big choon… it has that potential…
  • Russian Roulette… unno know this choon done big already… i kinda feeling the emotion lil bit… have to play this some more… it kinda reminds me of a choon Sting sang… watch it here
  • Fire Bomb… me likey this choon from its intro… it have things i look for… strings… piano strings… this should be a big choon… and it should also be a crossover hit… mening across genres… this _ish aint Hip-Pop… madly… so far my fav choon… “coz this thing is ready tuh BLOW“… real MTV/VH1 track…
  • Rude Boy… was waiting for the track to bring RiRi back to the West Indian roots… Southern Style riddim with the Caribbean term… and lyric structure… nothing to hard to remember… kinda like Wave Wave Wave… hmmm… Beyonce Soldier choon just pop inna me head… seeing the dance steps everything… dang… you go RiRi… this will be playing in the Clubs in T&T…
  • Photographs with Will.I.Am… did i mention that choons that start off with strings immediately grab my attention… album definitely getting better for me… all i got is nothing without you… one of my favourite lines ever… nice choon about memories… its a kinda tabanca choon but the beat has its pace to not be too sad.. another DANCE remix that i would wanna get…
  • G4L… the strong ladies choon… here it is… lets roll ladies… we Gangsta 4 LIFE… the other song with an expletive… Revenge is SWEET
  • Te Amo… a kinda weak attempt at reggaeton or any other latin music… somebody tell me what she say… thats how i feel about this track… maybe my least fav on the album… yes i like the Mad House intro more… even if it have string…
  • Cold Case Love… what TOFLO said… while i was listening to the album… the choon has proper structure… and _ish i like… piano, strings, beat drop… orchestra kinda thing…
  • the Last Song… finally… was now starting to get bored… great title… its like the song that plays when the credits are rolling at the end of a really good movie… one of the better choonz on the album… me likey… me likey much… the lyrics are damn good… and it have a real nice guitar solo… kinda song i would LOVE to hear LIVE… with a FULL ORCHESTRA… not a five piece band…

album flows well tho… nice overall pace… tracks move into each other very well… kinda album that could get played whole day and you might not realise it… but it isnt Rated R… more like PG13… more info here if you want it…

13 track PROMO on Friday 13th…

Rihanna Emergency Room

16 March, 2009 1 comment

Mario Rihanna Emergency Room

Mario Rihanna Emergency Room

just a demo by Mario featuring Rihanna… released just before RiRi’s visit to the Emergency Room after being allegedly attacked by Chris Brown… prophetic?


Time For Love

6 March, 2009 1 comment

this is when you didn’t have a planned post and even if something happens you wouldn’t be in a position to post…

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.

I not doing this part
4. Tag 25 friends.
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.

ok well this one seems innocent enuff
6. Have Fun

1. SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY?
Good Vibes – The Heptones


2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF:
Beware feat. Mutabaruka – Cocoa Tea


3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
The Fear (Stonebridge Clean Radio Mix) – Lily Allen


4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Respect My Conglomerate (Promo Only Clean Edit feat. Young Jeezy & Jadakiss) – Busta Rhymes


5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Daybreak – Daweh Congo


6. WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
Mi See It – Frankie Sly

7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
salaam shalom – Soothsayers Horns


8. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Grow Your Locks – Cocoa Tea


9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
No Games (DJ SPYDA remix) – Serani


10. WHAT IS 2 + 2?
Tusty (Hitt Lab RoadMix) Instrumental – Blaxx

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Pose Up – Cocoa Tea


12. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Can’t Stop Me (Promo Only Clean Edit) – Jadakiss


13.WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
You Promised feat. Bay-C – Kris Kelli


14. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Fi Di Gal Dem – Mr. Easy

15. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Them – Kiprich

16. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Lets Just Do It (Urban Remix feat. Missy Elliot and TLC) – Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez


17. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z) (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Remix) – Rihanna


18. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Can’t Get We Out – Morgan Heritage


19. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Mickey – Tony Basil (Culture Shock Retro Shock Vol 1)


20. WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
Looking For Me – Konshens


21. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Forever Mine – Frankie Sly


22. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Phone Card – Crazy

23. HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Prickly Rose – Piddy Py


24. IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
In The Heart Of The City – Gregory Isaacs


25. WHAT WOULD YOU POST THIS AS?
Time For Love feat. JC Lodge (Extra Track) – Cocoa Tea


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most of the song titles are accurate depictions and if they aren’t the lyrics within are…

Good Girl Gone Bad MUS BUSS

27 February, 2009 2 comments

No this isnt a post about Rihanna… just bringing you the latest offering by Tarrus Riley and Konshens… combination…


why should I write a review when they did a good job already…

read what the Jamaica Star has to say about the tune…

In this weekly Mus’ Buss Caan Buss song review feature, three musical minds will analyse each song and will grade it on vocal ability, lyrics, musical arrangement and appeal. Songs that make the grade will be dubbed ‘Mus’ Buss’, while songs that flop they will be dumped in the ‘Caan Buss’ bin.

The three reviewers welcome feedback from the artistes and the public about the column. Send your comments to bussdem@hotmail.com or mail in your songs to ‘Mus’ Buss’ at The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. This week the mus’ buss/caan buss team will be reviewing Good Girl Gone Bad (Head Concussion Music) by Tarrus Riley and Konshens.

King Kong: “Konshens flow like Assassin on dis.”

Witch: “Mi like how Tarrus sound on dis, it’s slightly different from his usual and yuh hear his depth. when Konshens come in for his part him melody just sound mad, sick.”

Lady Boo: “I’m in love.”

Witch: “As usual it’s Konshens.”

Lady Boo: “Even though him sound like Assassin in some part him kinda sound like a rastaman to some extent.”

King Kong: “Tarrus Riley show him versality on dis one; him talented. The production nice. Russian a gwaan.”

Lady Boo: “Tarrus flow sound different on dis one, even though him a sing somewhat him sound really melodious.”

Witch: “Yeah the riddim reminds me something I’d hear in Chicago the musical, which goes with the theme of the song. it’s jazzy but different, movie-like. Tarrus is impressive on dis and so is Konshens. the two of them, coming from two different places, can come together on dis to sound unique. Who woulda thought they would come together and provide dis?”

Lady Boo: “And me like dis whole rockish, disco, snapping vibe; mi feel like mi woulda do some twisting, jive, and likkle ska and nuh linga.”

King Kong: “Is a collaboration that was worth the effort. The likkle girls must take heed.”

Lady Boo: “They are really two distinct but powerful voices. Mi just like the song.”

Witch: “Good thing is dat is a radio and street cred kinda song. The message is strong and it will hit. Russian really a gwaan hard – different.”

Lady Boo: “As for the concept of the song, mi really like dat, and mi just hope seh the good girls weh gone bad actually listen to di song and accept the message. Mi really like the lyrics.”

Witch: “It has a catchy hook. people can sing along, which will make it more popular and a vibe. The riddim itself have a vibe. I would be interested to see how selectors would play it, as in what genres they woulda mix it wid, cause it nuh really sound like anything else out there now.”

Lady Boo: “And it woulda interesting to know if it will get as much plays in dancehall.”

Witch: “I think it will. Tarrus has that effect on people where his songs appeal to everybody. Buss or not?”

King Kong: “Buss, ultra buss; it buss like Start Anew and This Means Money.

Lady Boo: “Mi like it. mi like both of dem and di song. There’s just something about it.”

King Kong: “Admit it, there’s just something about Konshens, she just love di man so.”

Lady Boo: “I think the song will buss, especially on radio, caw it really clean.

Witch: “Yup, this is a big buss for me too; quality work.

Billboard Chart Summary

12 April, 2007 Leave a comment

Last week saw the release of Rihanna‘s new single, Umbrella, which features Jay-Z. This is the lead single from her third album in two years, which will be released on 05 June 2007. Rihanna is also doing outstandingly well with her second album, A Girl Like Me and her new single, Break It Off, which features Sean Paul.

A Girl Like Me – #100 on the Top R&B/ Hip Hop albums chart.

Break It Off feat. Sean Paul

  • #51 on the Hot 100 chart
  • #53 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart
  • #31 on the Pop 100 chart
  • #20 on the Pop 100 Airplay chart
  • #58 on the Hot Digital Songs chart

Umbrella feat. Jay Z

  • 77 on the Pop 100 chart
  • #20 on the Pop 100 Airplay chart
  • #69 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart.

Sean Paul‘s The Trinity continues to hold strong. The album is #4 on the Reggae album charts.

Stephen Marley, Buju Banton and Richie Spice also keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts.

Stephen Marley’s debut album, Mind Control, holds down the charts.

  • 1 on the Top Reggae Albums chart
  • 41 on the Top Rap Album chart
  • 45 on the Top R&B/ Hip Hop albums chart
  • 153 on the Billboard 200 Album chart

Damian Marley‘s Welcome To Jamrock re-enters the charts. It is #3 on the Top Reggae albums chart.

Bob Marley appears on the charts with several compilations.

  • Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley and The Wailers is #22 on the Pop Catalogs chart
  • Forever Bob Marley is #2 on the Top Reggae Albums chart
  • Forever Gold by Bob Marley is #10 on the Top Reggae Album chart
  • Africa Unite: The Singles Collection by Bob Marley and the Wailers is #9 on the Top Reggae Albums chart
  • Best of Bob Marley by Bob Marley re-enters the Top Reggae chart at #13

Buju Banton stays strong with Too Bad. The album is #12 on the Top Reggae Albums chart.

Richie Spice represents with In The Streets To Africa is #8 on the Top Reggae Albums chart.

Source: www.billboard.com

Kymani Marley also has a promo release titled Fist Full of Dollars.

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