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
"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.
Junior Gong won the prestigious award for his album "Stony Hill" at the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony held at the Madison Square Gardens in New York City on January 28, 2018. It was his third Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
The other nominees for Best Reggae Album
Chronixx - Chronology
Morgan Heritage - Avakedabra
Common Kings - Lost in Paradise
J Boog - Wash House Ting
Junior Gong Marley
Machel and Super Blue 2018 collaboration Soca Kingdom was played a total of 336 times at official Carnival judging points across T&T- more then twice as much as nearest competitor Neil “Iwer” George.
Iwer George’s Savannah was played a total of 140 times while Patrice Roberts’ Sweet For Days came in third with 112 plays. The competition was, however, the closest it has been in years when winners succeeded by much larger margins.
It also created history for Lyons, as he is now tied with legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwin Roberts), who won the competition a record 10 times before he died in 2000.
Lyons’ last win came in 2013 with Fantastic Friday, when he briefly put a damper on Montano’s recent dominance in the competition. Lyons tied with George in 2000 and won the title in 1995 and back to back titles between 1991 and 1993. His other titles came in 1980, 1981 and 1983, while his sobriquet was still “Blue Boy.
Montano can still overtake both veterans, as this year’s victory took his tally to nine. He won the competition three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 and also in 2011 and 2012. In 2006, he won the title with Patrice Roberts for their collaboration Band of the Year and then by himself the following year with Jumbie. Montano’s first title came in 1997 with Big Truck.
Voice (Aaron St. Louis) was crowned for the third year in a row, International Soca Monarch 2018.
1. Voice – Year Of Love
2. Blaxx – Hulk
3. Orlando Octave – Love You So
Marley won the prestigious award for his self titled album "Ziggy Marley". It was his seventh Grammy for Best Reggae Album and bragging rights for the most wins in this category.
The other nominee's for Best Reggae Album
Sly & Robbie Presents Reggae for Her
J Boog - Rose Petals
Raging Fyah - Everlasting
Rebelution - Falling into Place
SOJA - SOJA: Live in Virginia
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) congratulated Edghilll “MX Prime” Thomas and his band, Ultimate Rejects, today after their hit song, “Full Extreme”, beat all comers in the 2017 Road March race.
Full Extreme was played 556 times for Carnival while “Your Time Now” and “Beat It”—both sung by dethroned Road March king Machel Montano—came in second and third with 72 and 18 plays respectively.
The result marked only the second time in the last seven years that Machel Montano did not rule the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Austin “Super Blue” Lyons won the Road March title in 2013 with “Fantastic Friday.” But, otherwise, Montano triumphed in 2011 and 2012 and did a hattrick of titles between 2014 to 2016 with “Ministry of Road”, “Like a Boss” and “Waiting on the Stage” respectively.
In total, Montano has eight Road March crowns which has him level with Slinger “Mighty Sparrow” Francisco as third on the all-time list of winners.
The late Aldwyn “Lord Kitchener” Roberts is first with 10 titles while Super Blue is second with nine.
MX Prime and the Ultimate Rejects may hope to start their own era.
Ever wonder why Trinis are so happy? Well, it isn't just because of Carnival and Callaloo. According to the World Happiness Report from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network released on September 8th, the destination ranked highest in happiness in the Caribbean and 31st in the world.
This isn’t surprising however. With its vibrant lifestyle, dynamic mix of culture, booming business center, strong government and, of course, Carnival, which is the largest cultural festival in the Caribbean, there’s no surprise that the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago leads the way in happiness in the Caribbean.
According to the study there were six key variables factored into its conclusions: “Real GDP per capital, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.”
The destination’s bourgeoning culinary scene and numerous festivals, combined with local steel pan music and world-renowned beaches, bring out the happiness in both locals and visitors alike. Whether sampling street food on “The Avenue” [Ariapita Avenue], moving to the music at cultural and food festivals, getting a taste of adventure in the mountains of Trinidad or unwinding on Pigeon Point beach in Tobago, Trinbagonians have plenty of reasons to smile.
In addition, with 15 public holidays last year, Trinidad and Tobago is among the top ten countries in the world for the number of public holidays. Who wouldn’t want a few extra days off from work/school per year?.
By Kimberly Wilson.