"Famalay" by Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous and Bunji Garlin cop the Road March title Trinidad & Tobago carnival 2019.
Kees Dieffenthaller's Savannah Grass got the number two spot.
According to the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO), Famalay was played 346 times while Savannah Grass was played 207 times.
This win gives Montano his 10th Road March, effectively tying him with Superblue, and gives Bunji Garlin his first Road March title. it also gives Skinny Fabulous his first in Trinidad.
Sting and Shaggy wins the 2019 Grammy Award for "Best Reggae Album" for their collaborative album 44/876 . The award show was held at the Staples Center in Los Angels, California. Feb, 10, with performances from some of the biggest artist in music today.
This is Shaggy's second Grammy for Best Reggae Album. He previously won in 1996 for Boombastic. For Sting, on the other hand, this is his 17th Grammy Award.
The other nominee's for Best Reggae Album
Black Uhuru – As the World Turns
Etana – Reggae Forever
Ziggy Marley - Rebellion Rises
Protoje - A Matter of Time
Sting and Shaggy - 44 / 876
By Brian Kool
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Natural Black (born Mortimer Softley) is a reggae singer from Georgetown Guyana.
He moved to Jamaica to pursue his dream of being a Reggae Singer, after a period of service in the army. He has had several hits in Jamaica, including "Far From Reality" and "Nice it Nice.
As a widely acclaimed artiste he has a large Guyanese fan base as well as Caribbean, European and Latin America.
His style and personality has made him a favorite among some of the top record producers and show promoters in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean. As a result, he has toured extensively and has performed to sold out audiences in Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia, USA, Guyana and through out the Caribbean . He has also performed on most of the major Reggae shows and festivals such as Sting, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, East Fest, Irie Jamborie and others.
Some of his big tunes are Far from reality, nice it nice, Babylon ah burn, revolution, never leave you lonely, cry cry smile, tell me why, Why can't we, treat her like a lady and many more. He has had several hits in Jamaica, including "Far From Reality" and "Nice it Nice.
In 2012 Natural Black cut off his locks, breaking his covenant in the Rastafarian lifestyle and dramatically altering his look. "I got up and cut off my locks Sunday morning because I looked around at my surroundings and realized that I have not been living a Rastafarian lifestyle. I want to see the changes around me, and as it relates to the upliftment of the people, the direction of the Rasta order and the walk toward perfection. That is not happening. I just see discord and chaos in the rasta community, all of it is very misleading," said the artiste, whose real name is Mortimer Softley.
The Far From Reality singer is aware that there might be a backlash from members of the Rastafarian community, but he is prepared to defend his decision them to where they are.
Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988 to a Barbadian/Irish father (Ronald Fenty) and a Guyanese mother (Monica Braithwaite) in the Parish of St. Michael, Barbados.
Rihanna has sold over 25 million albums, over 100 million digital singles worldwide and has had number-one singles in 35 countries.
She is the highest-selling digital artist in US history, sold over 47,571,000 singles as of 2012. She has achieved eleven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the youngest solo artist to achieve that feat. Rihanna has sold 7.3 million albums in the United States.
Rihanna won 8 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 12 American Music Awards, 2 BRIT Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, 5 BET Awards, 3 BET Hip Hop Awards and 4 Soul Train Awards.
She's become the youngest solo artist to score 14 no. 1 singles on the billboard hot 100—the fastest to do so—she’s sold more than 54 million albums and 210 million tracks worldwide.
With over 81 million Facebook fans, 82 million Twitter & 57 million Instagram followers, Rihanna is putting her influence to good use via philanthropic efforts. Chief among these is her own Clara Lionel Foundation. Established in 2012 and named after Rihanna’s beloved grandparents Clara & Lionel Braithwaite, the foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts & culture.
Rihanna and her mother
Nicki Minaj Most Globally Visible Female Rapper Of All Time, Speaks About Her Trinidadian and Island Culture.
I love island culture. I love being an island girl. I wear that so proudly. I love being able to say, I’m not American, I’m Trini. I think it gives me so much more depth. I’m able to connect with people who aren’t just Americans, but so many West Indian people no matter where they come from can identify with me just off the strength that they know we have something in common.
Reggae music has inspired me so much. When I left Trinidad, I was young, so I didn’t grow up on calypso per se. But I love all the big Trini acts. Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, and Fay-Ann—they do such a great job representing my country. But when I came to New York, reggae was a big part of life in New York. That was the time when—and I still think Beenie Man is the king of dancehall—you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Beenie Man a million times. And Buju Banton. These amazing reggae artists influenced me more than I think people realize. It’s always there on the album—I always at one point on an album have to represent for my island people.
Nicki Minaj (born Onika Tanya Maraj, December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007–2009. She has released three albums Pink Friday (2010), Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012) and The Pink Print (2014) earning her millions.