Monday, February 16, 2015

Chucky Wins Dimanche Gras 2015

Second Year In A Row

Roderick "Chucky" Gordon reigned supreme at the Dimanche Gras on Carnival Sunday night to win his Calypso Monarch title for the second time in two years.

He  graced the Queen's Park Savannah stage in Port of Spain with two scintillating performances.
Chucky won the judges' approval with his renditions of "The Rose" and "I Believe" to defy the challenges of 11 rivals and keep the crown on his head for another year in what was a quality-filled event.

Devon Seale captured second with his offerings "My Humble Plea" and "Soul Judges", while third place was taken by former monarch, Karene Asche, with her delivery of "Bridge The Gap" and "Every Knee Shall Bow."


1. Roderick "Chucky" Gordon - "The Rose"/"I Believe"

2. Devon Seale - "My Humble Plea"/"Soul Judges"

3. Karene Asche - "Bridge The Gap"/"Every Knee Shall Bow"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Can Machel Montano Get Nominated for a Grammy?

Machel Vision - Beyond Island Soca

This week, after winning the Monarch competition for the 5th time, he let it slip out he has a bigger vision.  This is not new, he has mentioned it on many occasions.

Today's Carnival Sunday Trinidad Express headline states,  "Machel Passes Soca Baston: Sets Sights on Grammy" .  

He is serious..

That is a big thing but for some people, it's the little things that count.  How you deal with unexpected situations and occurrences can give some insight into the other side of a person's character.

Last week it was reported that Machel allowed his emotions to control his behavior, publicly lamblasting everyone in sight.  His, what was described as "disrespectful behavior" triggered an immediate response of hundreds of patrons walking out of the event.

Later it was reported that he refused to apologize.  It may appear that this is totally unrelated to his desire to get a Grammy nomination but like was noted before, it is the little things that count.

In 2013 he was nominated along with Bunji Garlin to the Soul Train Awards  Best International Performance' category.  Bunji won in that category.  Then in 2014 his winning Road March "Ministry of the Road" was nominated along with a number of other local artists.

The Grammy is no Soul Train Award, getting the attention of over 100 million people is a far cry from enticing 1.3 million people to jump and wave..  Here's what the Grammy Awards is according to Wikipedia:

Grammy Award (originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest.

The important word there is "popular interest" meaning the interest of a significant segment of the world's  population.  Popular interest will not be generated in one man but in a genre of music that is supported by many artists.  The first step is to get soca/calypso to be accepted as category before his dreams can be realized.

But never say never, with God anything is possible.

Join the Facebook Discussion On Getting A Soca/Calypso Grammy Award Category

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you vote: Can Machel Montano get in the Grammy's next year?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

2015 Carnival Soca/Groovy/Power Monarch Results

International Soca Monarch Groovy Monarch Results

1. Olatunji

2. Farmer Nappy
3. Ricardo Drue
4. Destra

Finalists as they appeared :
1: Wildcard artiste. To be advised on Monday 9th February
2: Chow Chow
3: Erphaan Alves
4: Chucky
5: Blaxx
6: Skinny Fabulous
7: Destra Garcia
8: Nadia Batson
9: Farmer Nappy
10: Ricardo Drue
11: Benjai
12: Lyrikal
13: Leadpipe + Saddis
14: Fadda Foxx
15: Olatunji Yearwood

International Power Monarch Groovy Monarch Results

1. Machel Montano
2. Iwer George
3. Granny
4. Shurwayne Winchester
1: Shurwayne Winchester
2: Shal Marshal + Squeezehead
3: KI
4: Patrice
5: Mr Killa
6: Granny
7: Snakey
8: Iwer George
9: Machel Montano
10: Blaxx
11: Kernal Roberts

Friday, February 13, 2015

2015 TnT Carnival Police Advisory

Be Careful This Carnival 2015

Police Advice: Leaving home, wearing jewelery, wearing a mask if not in a band, not driving with a mask, must be register in a band, wearing camouflage, ladies traveling alone, meeting strangers for the first, use public transport avoid PH taxis, bands must be registered,

Jumping up indiscriminately in bands, observe band security, tolerance, act responsibly,

Lingo Wins TnT Extempo Competition 2015

$260.000 First Prize for The Blind Man

Do have a recording from last night on Youtube yet but thougth you might enjoy the following extempo clips.  This one is about him winning a $50.000 prize back in 2007

Money is no problem....

Extempo Gypsy vs Black Sage

Monday, February 9, 2015

Worst Dressed Prime Minister

Compare Her to Other Fashionistas

Someone in the UNC camp thought they could justify the ridiculous outfit worn by a sitting prime minister to a Carnival Fete.   

Do you think she compares?

Does she make the cut?

Apparently she should fire her fashion advisers.  .

Your comments.

Here is what some facebook fans had to say.

Hahaha so u comparing our pm with Taylor swift and Kardashian???!!!.... Really...y not compare her with other leading females in the world likee Michelle Obama or the Jamaican pm... ... She is a pm.....even though is carnival time i dont think she or whoever dressed her did a good job...just my opinion

Now they know what Oscar looks like when he gets out the garbage can. 

And this from impaired sighted person...

 They just jealous that they can't ever look so carnival season people, should she have worn a business suit, she dressed to blend in with the crowd comfortably and again....SHE LOOKING DAMN GOOD.

What you think?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 Top 5 Most Pre-Carnival Soca Artists

Olatunji - Ola Dance "Trinidad Soca 2015"


Lyikal - Cloud 9 "2015 Trinidad Soca"  


Destra - "Lucy 2015 Soca" 


Vagabond "2015 Soca Music" Ricardo Drue


Like Ah Boss - Soca 2015 Machel Montano

Sunday, January 25, 2015

3 Fresh 2015 Calypso Picks for Trinidad Carnival

Which of D 3 Videos Yuh Think is Best and Why?

Let the lyrics speak.  It tells about the country.  Listen, read between the lines, hear the innuendos and the jabs, listen carefully and you too will know the future...

Tigeress:  What you willing to die for?

Good kaiso, lyric make sense, relevant and funny.

Shadow say:  Dey Sticking...

Shadow still good as always, good lyrics, relevant and old master at the game...

Mistah Shak:  Target

New man on the scene, at least it sounds like it....

You be the judge.  Which one is the best and the worst,  take a minute and leave a comment.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Achilles' Heel of Small Business Success

Knowing Your Typical Customer

If you are a small business owner, the chances are high that you do not have a profile for your typical customer. You probably have not taken the time to write out a  description because you assume that you know; especially if you have been in business for any length of time. 

A typical customer profile provides specific demographic and psycho-graphic details that are unique to each product or service. Small bits of information like, what they do for a living, marital status, where else they shop or how often. 

It does seem like a lot of work; doesn't it?

If your product is selling already; why do all that?

If you asked that question, tap yourself on the shoulder.

Nobody need to remind you that the customer is the source of your revenue, the reason you are in business, the only way you will stay in business. Somehow this first cog in the wheel to success is left to one side and the product, the marketing and controlling cost becomes more important. Without customers, none of those things will matter.

Life's contradictions say otherwise.

The reality is that many businesses stay in business for many years without ever taking the time to identify who their customers really are. Businesses view this as proof that there is really no need to know that much information about the customer.

We see it every day.

A business that is doing well will double and possibly quadruple productivity. For no apparent reason a business thrives while other similar businesses around are closing their doors. It appears as if a business owner is fortunate enough to have hit the nail exactly on the head with no apparent systems in place.

The fact, however, is not controversial. Knowing your typical customer will give you more leverage and generate more profit.

Without doubt, almost every customer who has purchased a specific item shares a common characteristic with other customers. The task for small business owners is to identify that common characteristic: a want, need or experience that the customer desires.
This common characteristic is the key to opening doors and attracting more customers. Preferably, this should have been done before a product is manufactured. However, given the nature of business the task would not be changed, it would just become more labour-intensive.

This characteristic should be included in the business value proposition and clearly shared with prospects and existing customers. It must offer a solution to satisfy the customer's need.

Getting to know your typical customer inside out is simple; however, it  does require in-depth research. The main benefit is that you will attract more customers, without incurring any costs.

Your customer is the reason for building your business in the first place.  This has been traditionally where most businesses have been most vulnerable.   Take the time to get to know them.