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Young calypsonian Aaron Duncan releases music video for Can You Feel It

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We’re definitely feeling it.

The four-time Junior Calypso Monarch just dropped the music video for his track Can You Feel It. The song, which has been in heavy rotation on the radio airwaves, was written by Duncan himself as well as Emmanuel Rudder, Dale Ryan and Kit Israel.

The video was shot at Queen’s Royal College (QRC)—where Duncan is a student—and was directed by Denithy.

Keep your eyes on Aaron Duncan, he’s apparently following in the footsteps of another soca legend who at one point was too young to soca.

Missy Elliot Drops Her First Music Video In 7 Years!!

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Missy Elliot ft Pharrel Williams – WTF

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The Internet is losing its collective mind with the recent release of Missy Elliott’s new music video for her track, “WTF (Where They From)”.

The song, a collaboration with Pharrell Williams, is her first single in three years and first video in seven years. The video was co-directed by Elliott and Dave Meyers, who has either directed or co-directed many of her biggest hits including “Get Ur Freak On,” “One Minute Man,” “Work It,” “Pass That Dutch,” and “Lose Control.”

The last time we saw Elliott on stage was earlier this year when she joined Katy Perry as a performer at the Super Bowl XLIX Half-time Show.

Although she hasn’t been front and centre for some time, Elliott has still been working behind the scenes for the past few years; her last solo single was 2012’s double release, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” which were both Timbaland productions. She has also continued to produce music for other artists and contributed to Janet Jackson’s No. 1 album, “Unbreakable”.

Rihanna the 10th highest-paid woman in music for 2015

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Forbes Magazine has released its annual ranking of top-earning female entertainers.

With estimated earnings of $26 million this year, Rihanna’s dropped six spots from her fourth-placed ranking in 2014 when she made $48 million.

However, Forbes attributes this to the fact that Rihanna has gone quite some time without a full-length album release and has only had nine performance dates during their scoring period.

“That’s set to change with the launch of new album Anti, and likely a tour, in the coming months,” predicted Forbes.

This year’s top spot went to Katy Perry with earnings of $135 million. In second place was Taylor Swift with $80 million and Fleetwood Mac grossed $59.5 million to claim third spot.

Fourth place went to Lady Gaga with $59 million and Beyoncé was fifth with $54.5 million.

Propelling these women to the top of the income bracket were their concert tours, as well as product endorsements deals and their own cosmetic product lines.

Junior Gong shows love for soca with Dollar Wine

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Damian “Junior Gong” Marley blew away the son of former soca singer Colin Lucas, when he expressed his love for his father’s hit song “Dollar Wine”

Kevin Lucas shared a video yesterday in which Bob Marley’s son gushed over the 1991 classic.

On the video, Juniior Gong said as a child he sang ina group called The Sheperds together with other children of well-known reggae artistes such as Shiah Coore, son of Third Wold guitarist Cat Coore, and Yashema Mcgregor, daughter of Freddie McGregor,

“That was a big song for us. I might mess up a few words now but I used to know all the words, that was a big, big song,” he told Lucas.

On his post, Lucas described the conversation as surreal.

“Can you imagine the irony of Jr. Gong telling me my pops tune big? I’m just there thinking “Dude your father is Bob Marley….Is BIG tune upon BIG tune upon BIG tune. The experience was a bit surreal I must say.”

Junior Gong was in Trinidad to headline the Reggae on the Bay concert but took time out to shoot the video for “The Message” with Bunji Garlin.

Gong and Garlin families take a time out at the Savannah

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It’s always wonderful to see artistes from all over the region not only collaborating on great music, but also just enjoying each other’s company.

Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and Bunji Garlin, aka Ian Alvarez, have been hard at work following the Reggae on the Bay concert, shooting the video for their hit collab “The Message” with veteran director Walt Lovelace.

It looks like the two hit makers took a break from the shoot to take their families out for a stroll around Queen’s Park Savannah, maybe enjoying a cold coconut along the way?

On Monday night, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez posted photos to her official fan page of the Marley and Alvarez clans.

Her caption:

Reggae and Soca Family. Music unites. The family from two legends. Two countries. From two genres. ‪#‎TheMessage‬
She also posted a photo of Marley’s son, Elijah, and her and Bunji’s daughter Syri, posing off for the cameras. Both kids are evidently packed with star quality and personality.

We may be witnessing history in the making as the next generation of reggae and soca meet at such an early crossroad in life.

Bunji and Junior Gong share the stage at Reggae on the Bay

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Bunji Garlin and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley on stage together.

That was clearly the highlight of the night at Reggae on the Bay for many fans.

Since their song “The Message” was released, speculation was rife that Garlin would grace the stage with the Gongzilla.

As the telltale chords of the song piped up and the single’s artwork appeared on the screen behind the band, Gong said he has been coming to Trinidad and Tobago since 1996 and he sees a lot of changes right before his very eyes.

” I see a whole heap of changes in Trinidad, a whole heap of good changes but a whole heap of not so good changes. I want to say as always keep it positive, you have a special thing going here, your culture is loved the world over, don’t give it up, don’t throw it away,” he said before launching into the verse.

When Bunji emerged, the crowd erupted.

It was the first time the duo performed the song together and the crowd lapped it up.

Bunji, of course, dropped two freestyle verses, before departing the stage.

The other highlight of Marley’s performance was his six-year-old son Elijah. The next generation Marley took to the stage like a pro, propping his foot on an amp and shaking his shoulders as he sang the refrain to his late grandfather’s song “I wanna be loved.”

Marley, who closed off the show, was greeted with enthusiasm as he delivered many of his hits with the exception of “Welcome to Jamrock”. After he left the stage, many stood chanting loudly for him to return and deliver an encore.

This year’s Hennessy Artistry’s Reggae on the Bay, which promoter Matthew Dasent said might be the last, was the biggest in the show’s short history.

Held at the Training Grounds of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the show saw the reuniting of the Born Jamericans, the debut performances of Canadian reggae/rick group Magic and Protoje.

Holding their own against the foreign crew were I-Sasha, Freetown Collective, King David, Queen Omega, Jaundis-I, Inzey and Dopeskis Band and Levi Myaz.

Reggae on the Bay was sponsored by Hennessy in collaboration with Digicel.

New Music: Bunji drops Carnival Today

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Fresh off his memorable performance with Damian ” Junior Gong” Marley at Reggae on the Bay, Bunji Garlin has dropped his second track for the season.

The song, Carnival Today, was written by Garlin and produced by Stadic Music.

The EDM flavoured track is a celebration of Carnival in which he sings about the things that make the festival attractive.

Looptt understands there might be more releases coming out from the Vikings camp this week. Stay tuned.

Nisha B Expecting Her First Child

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As she prepares to drop her first release for Carnival 2016 today, Karma’s front woman Nisha B has revealed that she is pregnant with her first child,

In an announcement posted to Instagram, the sister of Ravi B, says she and her husband, Rajesh Ganesh, are preparing to welcome their newborn sometime in April 2016.

The vocalist is said to be in high spirits and the team is excited with the new development.

The release notes that the pregnancy won’t affect Nisha’s performances as she intends to fulfil all her Carnival and Christmas obligations and would be advised by her doctors as she progresses in her pregnancy.

Everyone’s in love with Kes the Band’s ‘People’

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Kes the Band is ramping up Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival preparations with their new release, ‘People’.

Kes the Band, known for their relentlessly catchy groovy soca tunes, is back with a bang, this time with ‘People’, a beautifully heart-warming ode to well, all the people.

The new tune dropped on Tuesday, heralding the launch of the band’s Carnival tour, which is especially short with Carnival Monday and Tuesday falling on February 8th and 9th, 2016.

The band embraced all its fans and thanked everyone for their support.

“This one is for all our PEOPLE.”

“For our family, for our friends and all you fans and supporters who have been with us on this journey and still stand by our side.”

“We wanted to do something for you as this is a part of why we do what we do. Take a jump for us PEOPLE!”
The tune was written by Kes the Band and Full Blown Entertainment and produced and mastered by the massively talented Johann Seaton of MadMen Productions (who also produced Bunji Garlin’s ‘So & So’)

The sound, like Carnival itself, features a rich blend of electronic influences with a j’ouvert feel and that ubiquitous groovy tempo we have come to know and love from the band.

We are definitely feeling the Carnival vibe with this tune – bring on Carnival 2016!

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