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OLDIES SUNDAY: @Rihanna – Pon De Replay (2005)


Yesterday (February 20), Pop Queen Rihanna celebrated her 33rd birthday. It’s been a long time since the Bajan sensation emerged on the scene, and now she’s one of Pop’s most iconic artists. Today on Oldies Sunday, we present to you the song that started it all, “Pon De Replay“.

Produced by Vada Nobles, Carl Sturken, and Evan Rogers, “Pon De Replay” was released through Def Jam Records in 2005. The track finds Rihanna requesting the DJ turn her favourite music up so she and her friends can enjoy the party more. The song was the first single off her 2005 debut album, “Music Of The Sun“. The song has Pop, Dancehall, R&B influences, and it turned out to be a hit for the rising star. Prior to its release, it was a part of collection of demo tracks Rihanna recorded in 2004 in hopes she got signed to a record deal soon after. “Pon De Replay” caught the attention of then President of Def Jam Jay Z, and after a successful audition for him and Music Exec. L.A. Reid, Rihanna signed a 6 album contract with the label, and the rest is history. “Pon De Replay” went on to sell 3 Million copies, become a top 10 single in various countries, and catapulted Rihanna onto the Pop scene as the next big star. Fast forward over a decade and a half and a few billion streams later, Rihanna has become one of the most successful artists of all time, is one of the most influential personalities of all time, and has enjoyed lucrative careers in Music, Film, Fashion, and Beauty. It all started from that demo tape.

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.@SarkAmbassador Teams Up With @MissRheaDawn On “Toxic”


Trini Creative Sarkastik Ambassador looks to make 2021 the year he increases his musical output. Having dabbled in other areas last year, we didn’t get to hear much music. Starting off the new year right, he gives listeners an early listen to the track, “Toxic“.

Produced by TDSK Productions and featuring Bajan Singer/Songwriter Rhea Layne, Sark and Rhea get at each other like a fighting couple as they speak about jealousy, insecurity, and plenty toxic behaviours between them. Many couples go through things like this daily, but Sark and Rhea just play it all out in a way that will have couples thinking over things and go forward with resolutions. As mentioned before, this an early listen as Sarkastik Ambassador looks to put some finishing touches and officially release this track later this year. Let us know what you think about it.

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OLDIES SUNDAY (Christmas): Singing Francine – Hurray Hurrah (1979)


In recognition of the Christmas season, we’re highlighting a few Christmas songs for the month of December on Oldies Sunday! Last week we visited Haiti, this week we stopped by Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago to check out the legendary Singing Francine’sHurray Hurrah“!

Arranged by Pelham Goddard and released through M&H Productions in 1979, Singing Francine shares the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, and highlights his importance to all of us. Over beautiful production, Singing Francine gives us a lively song that will make everyone join in clapping and singing. The track was featured on her 1979 “From Christmas…To Carnival Vol. 1” album, and her 1981 “Christmas Is Love” album. One of the Queens of Calypso with the great Calypso Rose, Singing Francine has brought joy and a lot of entertainment to anyone within earshot of her voice for many decades. “Hurray Hurrah” is one of her many Christmas releases, and is still played in various parts of the Caribbean.

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NEW MUSIC: Jus D. – Give It To Me


Recording Artist/Producer Jus D. wants you to get ready for Crop Over 2016 with his new single, “Give It To Me“. Produced by DRWTHVN and Dev Kutta, they deliver an energetic single that will result in booty shaking, gyrating hips, trucks being used as props, neighbours raving with you (or arguing), and an overall good time. The Future Soca movement, which combines Soca, Dancehall, EDM, and Afrobeats, is ready to flood the streets, the airwaves and your playlists, get ready for it. Get familiar with the Bajan fire starter by checking out the track below, and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Mixtape Rave With @Shanny_14


Lifestyle Blogger ShannyDeLioness is back for another week of “Mixtape Rave“! This week she serves you an array of Mixtapes she’s been feeling over the past 7 days. If you missed the previous installments, check them out here.

1. Soca Synergy: Trinidad Carnival Starter Pack Vol. 2 – DJ Captain John

I literally have been listening to this mix EVERY DAY for the past few weeks since I downloaded it. I have officially dubbed it my “Jamaica Carnival Starter Pack” mix. When I went to Mas Camp last Friday, I knew EVERY 2016 Soca song out of Trinidad (except the recent releases) thanks to DJ Captain John and this mix.

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2. Soca Exposure (2016 Carnival Preview)- DJ Lantern MD

I sit and wait for DJ Lantern MD’s Soca mixes EVERY YEAR and I am never disappointed… this mix is no different. In this mix he has not only Trinidad releases but also Bajan Soca and my favourite song out of Grenada Carnival 2015! Nonstop vibes!

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PRESS RELEASE: @RaineSeville Creates A Buzz In Barbados


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RAINE SEVILLE CREATES A BUZZ IN BARBADOS

Raine Seville is constantly reinventing herself and this time she’s fighting for her spot on top! The “Mad Dem” artiste recently released her new single “Suh Wi Roll” on the Task Force Riddim which was Bajan produced. The single is a counteraction to a track on the same rhythm done by Bajan buzzing artiste Brutal Crankstar’s “Badman Nuh Lip” which is currently one of the most played songs in Barbados. “This song is very different from what persons hear from me, I am versatile and I love proving people wrong” shared Raine. She further added, “Suh Wi Roll basically defends women who are sexy, beautiful, and living a great life but can also make that transition if needs be, to become soldiers on the battlefield”.

“Suh Wi Roll” produced by DonWrita Records was written by Striker and Raine Seville and is steadily growing a fan base in Barbados. Additionally, Raine whose new booking agent is Headline Entertainment released her first soca single entitled “Brace Back” produced by Bajan radio personality Jon Doe and Gorg. “I love surprising persons and this song is also very different it’s sexy, fun and an up-tempo dance track for the ladies” Seville shared.

With the successes of her Barbados trip Raine has also opted to premiere her latest video “Bajan Wuk” which was collaborative effort between Brutal Crankstar and herself. The video directed by Supa Frost and Scenes Entourage was shot in Barbados and its YouTube version has created shock waves amongst her fans because of its provocative nature. “My music grows more and more each day, I believe in reinventing myself and this is what makes me different from many female acts” Raine shared. Seville is set to premiere her new video for “Bajan Wuk” on local television next week.

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