Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 31st 2014 Contents 2 Friday, October 31, 2014 • Issue 162
Soca star Gailann Stephen delivered an
unstoppable pair of performances to win
the Best Production Special Prize award at
the All For One Caribbean vocal contest
held on October 18 at the Atrium, Fort-de-
Gailann, who now goes by the sobriquet
Gail So Gorgeous, won over the packed audi-
torium with a dynamic high energy perform-
ance of her 2015 Carnival release "Cah Stop
Meh". The former Assylum-lead singer had
the predominantly French speaking audience
singing along in English to the song's infec-
tious hook long after she departed center
stage. Earlier, she performed "Darkroom", a
Caribbean Soul track.
"It was an amazing experience getting to
meet and work with a group of very talented
musicians from all across the Caribbean and
then watching our hard work all come to-
gether perfectly on the night was all the re-
ward I could ask for," said Gailann of the ex-
The seasoned performer said the exposure
from being a part of the show, which is
scheduled to be broadcasted to 121 countries
across Europe, Asia and Africa, is priceless.
"When I got the invitation to participate
they explained that the show will be broad-
casted to 121 countries and I was sold. But
nothing prepared me for the reception I got
from the people of Martinique, they really
embraced me and my music on the night,"
The All For One Caribbean vocal contest is
a French produced television event featuring
talented singers from across the English,
Spanish and French speaking Caribbean. This
year's contest saw entrants from: Barbados,
Cuba, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Monserrat,
Dominican Republic, Dominica, St Vincent,
Martinique, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Incredible Myron B is treating the Ebola
epidemic the best way he knows how; with a
healthy dose of humor.
The reigning National Humor Calypso Monarch,
real name Myron Bruce, has penned a tongue-in-
cheek ditty about the irrational fear Trinis have
about coming into contact with the deadly dis-
ease that has recently plagued Western Africa.
His infectious refrain includes equally absurd
tactics and local remedies to avoid coming into
contact with the killer disease including: the use
of rubber gloves, bleach, mosquito coils and in-
"I wrote the song because of all the misinfor-
mation and paranoia taking place locally and in-
ternationally with Ebola. Uninformed people were
talking about contracting it from mosquito bites,
or a cough or a sneeze, it has been ridiculous at
times and that's right up my alley," Bruce joked
when asked about the song.
Bruce goes a step further to blame the dreaded
disease for the real reason behind Prime Minister
Kamla Persad Bissessar's refusal to meet with
activist Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh over his highway
"This is why I feel it for Kublalsingh/All he ask-
ing for is a small meeting/But the prime minister
watch at he state and bawl not me/She say the
Man Desperate, he dry and bony/I eh going
nowhere to meet with he/Cuz she fraid Ebola she
fraid Ebola," he sings.
Ebola Scare is available for download on incred-
iblemyronb.com and listening on The Incredible
Myron B YouTube channel.
Silva's groovy Soca track Short Pants,
produced by himself with Advokit Produc-
tions and mixed/mastered by MadMen Pro-
ductions, has been out for three weeks and
the busy singer has been burning the can-
dle at both ends promoting the song while
meeting a hectic tour schedule and making
time to get studio work done.
"It's all about time management. We have
to work around a tight schedule, we get it
done. Whether during the week, on a week-
end... whatever time of night or day. At the
moment I would deifnitely say that things are
ahead of schedule," said Silva.
After Carnival Stuart has been touring with
Bakanal the band hitting Jamica, Tortola, Cu-
racoa, Antigua, St Kitts and Barbados. At
least that's what he remebers at the time of
the interview. They're to Dominica this week-
end for the creole festival.
"Jamaica was our first tour destination. It
was real crazy. Tortola was awesome, people
were enjoying themselves even in the rain,"
Olatunji's departure from the band has
shifted Silva into the role of main male vocal-
ist.It didn't affect the band because the rspon-
sibility made him more focused on being a
more versatile entertainer.
"It's unfortunate that Ola isn't with the
band anymore, but we still support him.
Everyone in the band knows the role they
play so it was a smooth transition," said Silva.
Since starting officvially with the band last
November Silva's experience and confidence
as a front man has grown. No two events are
the same and as a singer you have to be able
to read the crowd, know what will work and
put it into action.
Although known for his groovy vibe, Silva
promises at least one power soca for the
"It's a genre that's more comfortable for
me, I'm not scared to throw in my hat in the
Power Soca, I like the groovy soca's ability to
mesh well with other genres and encourage
more experimentation," said Silva.
At the moment he's collaborating with pro-
lific song writer Emmanuel Rudder on a soon
to be released track called 'Instigator' and
'Fete after Fete' Mical Teja Williams.
"I always like to have an input in songs that
I sing. Song ideas are usually fleshed by my-
self and whoever I'm collaborating with," said
Silva.Check out the link for Short Pants by Silva below:
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