Category: Music

Rihanna is the first female artiste to surpass two billion streams on Apple Music

Rihanna has become the first female artiste to surpass two billion streams on Apple music. The streaming giant shared their list of the 20 most streamed women in music for International Women’s Day on Instagram on Thursday (March 8). Rihanna landed the top spot, closely followed by Taylor Swift (#2), Beyoncé (#3), and Adele (#5). Rihanna […]

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Hardware’s passion for bashment

Samuel L Bridgeman II is no stranger to the Barbadian entertainment scene, though he has worked mostly behind the scenes. The 27-year-old producer and musician has been around since the age of 19.  However, it was only through the release of his 2017 Crop Over hit, Pop Down, that Barbadians were officially introduced to the […]

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Worship experience

Epic! Awesome! Next level! Truly a blessing! This was how patrons described the launch of John Yarde’s first album 1st John Sunday night at the Collymore Rock Church of the Nazarene. The church was packed to capacity and hardly anyone remained in their seats as the music moved them to worship. The gospel duo A […]

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Scrilla defends ‘Wood’

Bashment Soca finalist Richard Scrilla Straker is pulling no punches as he defends his controversial 2017 release, Wood. While some commentators and members of the public believe the song should be banned from radio, he is insisting it contains no lewdness as some claim. Scrilla is adamant that the song is about a “carpentress” who […]

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No soca sweetness

What’s the one song that is running Crop Over 2017? Veteran radio personality Anthony Admiral Nelson is still searching for the answer. In fact, he told Barbados TODAY over the weekend, he was disappointed there was still not one song that was a common hit among Barbadians. “The sweetness has gone out of Crop Over. […]

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32 semifinalists announced

Defending Party Monarch Lil Rick has made it through to the semifinals of this year’s Sweet Soca competition. When the 32 semifinalists for the two highly-anticipated Crop Over competitions were announced by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) this afternoon, it emerged that four other popular entertainers had also secured places in both contests. They are Kirk […]

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Queen Aziza’s ready

2016 Calypso Monarch, Queen Aziza, is ready to defend her crown. Last year, the 22 year-old created history and had tongues wagging after becoming the youngest person to ever take the title and just the second lady in 28 years to do so. Speaking to Bajan Vibes following her performance at Crop Over in the […]

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Break for Biggie

Biggie Irie’s sweet sounding vocals will be missing from this year’s Sweet Soca competition. The former Sweet Soca monarch, who took the title back in 2014, has opted not to take part in this year’s competition. He told Bajan Vibes he was taking this year to relax. “Sometimes you need to take a break and […]

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King Bubba shines at Illuminate

King Bubba and Company should take a bow for a job well done. It was the perfect kick off to Crop Over 2017 when King Bubba, in association with Baje International and Slam 101 FM, put on the first ever fete Illuminate, which came off at Copacabana. And from the looks of things, come next […]

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Awesome Gospelfest

Coming from the east, north, south and west, Barbadians in their numbers flocked the Farley Hill National Park last Sunday to have a spirit-filled experience at the Flow Gospelfest One Awesome Day event. Families came out with picnic baskets, blankets and folding chairs to spend quality time in fellowship and also to take in the […]

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2017 Crop Over warm-up

The crowd might have been subpar but the soca was certainly sweet for days at Checker Hall, St Lucy for the Hott 95.3 Mega Cavalcade, kicking off Crop Over 2017. For the first and last such event of the three-month-long festival season, the numbers gathered on the playing field savoured every last drop of soca […]

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‘My fault’

An unfortunate mix up led to two Barbadian artistes releasing the same song, written by the same person, albeit two years apart, according to lyricist Jason Shaft Bishop. Soon after Nikita released Same Way on Monday, it was discovered that Britain-based Deevine had released the song as We De Same on YouTube in 2015. The […]

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Gospelfest 2017 to launch tomorrow

The 2017 Barbados Gospelfest gets underway tomorrow, Sunday, May 21 with a thanksgiving church service at the Western Light Nazarene Church, Oxnards, St James beginning at 8 a.m. The annual Joseph Niles Legacy Lecture will place on Monday, May 22 at the L.V. Harcourt Lewis Room of the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union on […]

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Soleil St Lucia Jazz sizzles

Pigeon Island came alive last Saturday with a potpourri of French, Latin, Afro-Cuban and hip hop-flavoured jazz on day three of the Soleil St Lucia Jazz Festival. It was the closest thing to a musical trip around the world in four hours. Bluemangò, a group of musicians who come from St Lucia, Martinique, and Dominica, has […]

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Nice vibes on the Hill

The Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival came to a grand climax Sunday night at the historic Farley Hill National Park with the highly anticipated Reggae on the Hill. And patrons would agree the show was worthy of two thumbs up. Organizers were expecting just over 20,000 people at the final show, which continues to be the […]

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New music from Elan Trotman

United States-based Barbadian saxophonist Elan Trotman is unwavering in his commitment to wave the flag high for Caribbean music. After releasing six soul-jazz albums and more than ten chart-topping singles that have made him a permanent fixture on radio playlists, Trotman is “shaking it up” by going electronic on Electro Sax, his seventh outing which […]

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Focus on making Barbados the entertainment capital, says Gilkes

Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Cranston Browne has agreed with a local promoter that Barbados has what it takes to become the entertainment capital of the Caribbean. Speaking at the launch of the 2017 Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival last night at Kensington Oval, Director of FAS Promotions Al Gilkes reiterated the […]

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