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An Uber driver drew a gun
after a passenger said he
thought he was going to be sick
in the car, according to police.
Patrick McDonald told officers
in Florida that he took out the
weapon, despite the firm s
The two got into an alterca-
tion when the driver tried to
forcibly remove Shane Fabry
from the car.
Uber said McDonald, 67, has
been suspended and that it
would co-operate with police.
Fabry and his fellow passen-
gers told police they were picked
up by McDonald on Friday last
week as they made their way
During the journey, Fabry said
he felt ill and asked the driver
to pull over in case he was sick
but, when McDonald did so, the
passenger said he felt fine to
continue after all.
McDonald was accused of
trying to drag Fabry out of the
car by his arm, telling him he
must not be sick in a US$75,000
vehicle. They said the driver took
up an "aggressive fighting
stance" and that, after a verbal
altercation, he drew a black
semi-automatic gun from the
driver s side. (BBC)
Uber driver pulls gun on passenger in Florida
Sherwin Jeremiah, 34, is on
a musical journey. He left
the soca trio 3Suns, where
he was lead vocalist, and for the
last two years has been having
decent success as a solo soca artist.
Jeremiah, known to his fans as
M1 or Menace, has been having a
fruitful 2016 and has the chance to
participate in the International Soca
This year, Jeremiah does not need
a shot to cool his soca fever---which
he s spreading with his infectious
2K16 offering---Action. The song
appears on Orchestra Riddim, pro-
duced by Chain Links Production
from the Big Blood Studios in Sangre
Grande. The Riddim also hosts a
number of other artistes such as
Olatunji Yearwood, Skinny Fabulous
and Destra Garcia.
"The season nice," says a husky
voiced Jeremiah during a Skype
interview with the T&T Guardian.
With five releases, the father of
one boasts he is receiving gigs every
other day to perform at pre-Carnival
events. He is gearing up, though, to
bring his A game at this weekend s
Soca Monarch semifinals where he
plans to, in his own words, "Mash
up d place" and make it to the finals
for sure this time around.
Jeremiah said the song Action,
which he wrote and will perform at
the semifinals, was actually quite a
last minute decision.
"Millbeatz (producer David Mil-
lien) came to me last minute with
the beat...like two days before
launching the riddim, and all I had
was a hook and muse two lines. But
he was adamant I come to the studio
and do something. So we spent from
night until morning until the song
was complete and I remember
immediately having a good feeling
about it," Jeremiah recalls.
He says, like his other songs,
Action is a people song---something
the young, old and those in between
can enjoy and relate to.
"I always try to write songs that
everybody can understand. I believe
that music is a universal thing that
everybody should be able to under-
stand and enjoy."
He says as he continues to grow
as a solo artiste, his music will be
influenced by all genres.
"I like to keep it fresh and original.
I do not place borders or limitations
on my music in any way. You must
be able to enjoy my music anywhere
you are in the world. That is my
goal," says Jeremiah.
Once again this year you will also
find the songwriter as a guest artiste
at Machel Monday 2016. This would
be the third year he is guest starring.
"It is a particular kind of respect
having someone like HD respect
and enjoy your music, because he
has the eye for spotting a hit and
the ear for good music."
Jeremiah has got his eye on soca
and calypso folk---like Lyrikal and
the Mighty Shadow---as future
prospects for a collaboration.
"I admire Lyrikal s consistency
with good music since he came on
the scene. He is really a serious guy
about his music. And, well, I always
wanted to work with Shadow---he
is like one of my all time favourites
from yesteryear. To work with him
would be off the chain," Jeremiah
reveals. Asked what were his
thoughts on this year s Carnival
music, Jeremiah said some are sweet
and some are sour, but then again
that s the case every year.
"It matters not that it is a short
season. What matters is artistes put-
ting 200 per cent behind their music
and their craft," he commented. He
said he began releasing songs since
last September as he knew the sea-
son was a short one and artistes
would need to get their songs out
there, playing on the radio and in
parties to build a momentum.
"Unless you are Machel Montano
or Bunji or one of those more estab-
lished artistes, you don t wait to
release your song late, late and
expect a forward. You would get left
behind. So artistes have to do their
homework too. If you know doing
soca music is not just a side hustle
for you, then you have got to step
up your game," Jeremiah advises.
The Big People Ting hit maker is
also counting his blessings, or his
dollars, as he is booked for several
events after Carnival outside of
Trinidad. "Things are really moving
for me and I am moving with it.
This year is no talk, just action."
M1 does it again
For bookings visit Sherwin
"M1" Jeremiah on Facebook by
typing in his name, Sherwin
Jeremiah. Find him on Twitter
Sherwin Jeremiah aka M1 or Menace, performing at the semifinals of the International Soca Monarch finals. PHOTO COURTESY SHERWIN JEREMIAH
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