BussHead: The Video

I’ve been waiting for this video to be released for so many months now. I’d heard snippets from the set from the Producer, and some of the co-ordinators, and have waited with baited breath for its release and finally it’s out.

The video released on The Fader Friday.

My friend Laura at LoopTT interviewed Machel after the video came out, he told her, “The intention was to show the story of this youth acting out of anger and rage… that people were there for him to be able step in and help him channel that negative energy into something positive. That untapped raging energy could easily be used as a weapon to take someone’s life. Instead, the imagery is that two elder people stepped in and showed him that you could channel that energy into something positive so basically he became an instrument of the art which preserves the art and give the art longevity.”

I know that is something Keegan Taylor, one of the songwriters, and Rondel Benjamin feel passionately about. Keegan and Rondel are the principals that formed Bois Academy, a group that is determined to bring the indigenous martial arts of Trinidad and Tobago out of the shadows and into the light.

Rondel truly believes that our martial arts can provide a channel for the aggressive energy some of our youth have, and it through kalinda and jab jab, they can learn to harness that anger and turn it into positive energy.

Jab and Kalinda

Bois Academy has teamed up with Ronald Alfred the King of the Jab Jab to offer training in Kalinda and Jab Jab every Sunday 4pm at St. George’s Grounds in Barataria.

Check them out!

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Busshead on ILTV’s The Stew

Bahamas Carnival just ended and Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin were there. It was the first time the pair performed their soca hit Busshead outside of Trinidad. The duo were interviewed about their collaboration, and careers, on ILTV’s chat show The Stew.

They’ve (the show’s producers) posted the entire episode online, so you can fast forward to the 19.28 mark for the Bunji and Machel interviews.

 

That said, I ended up watching the entire programme because they spoke about the epic failure that was Fyre Festival. In a nutshell Fyre Festival was supposed to be an ultra-exclusive music festival on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. It failed miserably, with lawsuits being filed, but of particular concern for us here in the Caribbean is where it would affect the tourist interest in our music festival, like Tobago Jazz. I like this article in Billboard for exploring those concerns nicely.

I liked the conversation on The Stew, because it’s a Bahamian chat show, so it was nice to hear their perspective on the fiasco.

And I’ve just noticed something, last post I shared Dionne Jackson-Miller’s All Access, today I shared The Stew. I wish we had more local and regional content on our televisions in Trinidad. That’s something I want to discuss, and will  probably do so in another post soon.

I’d never heard of The Stew before, but I know Aneka Stewart from her Insta-account @caytostyle. She’s fab. And I may start watching the show on the regular.

We’ll see.

Calypso Rose Returns Victorious

Dr. McCartha Linda Sandy-Lewis is back in Trinidad, having arrived safely from Paris.

Victoire de Music, we’ve been referring to it as the French Grammy. Her manager says she’s still breaking ground. She is the first Caribbean person to win a Victoire, and to receive a standing ovation at the ceremony for her performance

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She says an new album is coming. But Far From Home is in heavy rotation on local radios. Really!

Carnival Calendars

If you are coming to Trinidad for Carnival bookmark this post because it has the dates of all the must-see, never-been-to-but-want-to, and regional Carnival events for Carnival 2017.

This first is from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.culture-carnival-calendar-2017

The Second is from the National Carnival Commission. This one is the one to bookmark for stickfighting and parades of the bands.

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Fetes are an important part of the festivities. Bishop’s was last Saturday and I had a ball. So keep following your Trini friends on Facebook and check the fete calendar here . See you at Army Fete

 

Machel vs Bunji

It’s a Carnival miracle. The blog title is a lie. The feud is over. Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin are together on one track and it’s fire!

Heh HA! Fanism unlocked. I lurve eet!

My friend Keegan Taylor, soca producer, stick fighter is one of the writers. I heard the song and immediately called him to congratulate him on a fantastic track. It’s full of magic. Especially if you know about Trinidad culture; Joe Tamana and patwa. It speaks to your very soul.

The name of the song is Buss Head.

It’s your 2017 Jouvert anthem. You are welcome.

The Ninth Floor

I got to see this documentary last year during TTFF16. I don’t know why I forgot to write about it, because I loved their access to, and use of archive footage.

The Sir George Williams Affair of 1969 was an early per-cursor to the Black Power Uprising in 1970. Many of the students who took place the Canadian incident returned to Trinidad and became involved in marches here.

It would be nice to see this shown on television here.

Destra’s Carnival

Despite a rocky 2 years, Destra Garcia is determined to produce a concert for Carnival 2017. The Queen of Backannal announced that we can definitely expect a Destra concert from her this year. If you remember, her 2015 concert was plagued by late arrivals, but was positively reviewed. Last year she cancelled her 2016 offering mere days before showtime. She thinks 2017 will be her year, and I support the soca star with her plans.
But Destra is a problamatic artist for me. I see her as a performer who lacks focus. Destra, at this point in her career still doesn’t know who she is as an artist. I see her jumping on trends with little to no sign of her personality on the track. I know that she can perform, and she is among the best, but I think that I have more faith in her ability than she has in herself.

Looking at her offering for Carnival this year, I’m still waiting. I have issues with the scripting of this song, but the visuals are lovely. I want to find that jetty and take pictures there.  The song is nice, but it seems fake, the language, implied accent, I can’t get behind it at all.

I don’t have words to express the levels of hate I have for this video. What is it? Who are you as an artiste? There is no authenticity in the performance, vocally nor visually. I’ve seen those gangsta posturing on TV. Destra looks like she watched the same programme that I did, and is as great of an actress that I am. It’s simple not a convincing performance.

We can do hip hop here. We can do soca-infused hip hop. Look at Nebula 868. He’s of that community, and does a convincing hybrid.

Destra vs Lucy works. Destra is cute and playful, if a bit subdued in the video. Some of the costuming needs work, I’m speaking about the Black, sweater combo in particular, but I really like her lyric video concept.

As an aside, I’m working on a piece on soca music videos, so stay tuned for that piece.

Uncle Ellis’ Christmas Present for the Carnival Babies

Soca’s favourite winer boy, sorry Machel, has entered the soca arena. We featured the song before on this blog, but yesterday, as a present for the Carnival babies, the video was released on YouTube.

A few years ago, Uncle Ellis was a Port of Spain sensation for dancing in front of KFC Independence Square to the music from the CD vendors. Videos of him went Trini viral and a career was born.

He seems to have a good management team, who’re actually seeing about his welfare. If I’m not mistaken, Uncle Ellis now has a BMobile contract as a sponsor.
I like the video. He makes reference to his life before infamy. His treatment on the streets and his subtle critique of our casual and not so casual violence to the downtrodden.

Plus, the damn song is catchy.