Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 4th 2016 Contents Earlier this week, Tidal was slapped with
a US$5 million lawsuit over unpaid
mechanical royalties, similar to a US$150
million class action against Spotify. Now,
Tidal is responding in no uncertain words.
Here's a statement issued by the Jay Z-
owned streaming company:
"Tidal is up-to-date on all royalties for
the rights to the music stated in Yesh
Music, LLC and John Emanuele's claim and
they are misinformed as to who, if anyone,
owes royalty payments to them. As Yesh
Music, LLC admits in their claim, Tidal has
the rights to the Master Recordings
through its distributor Tunecore and have
paid Tunecore in full for such exploitations.
Their dispute appears to be over the
mechanical licenses, which we are also up
to date on payments via Harry Fox Agency
our administrator of mechanical royalties.
"The main compositions in question were
releases by The American Dollar and their
entire catalogue streamed fewer than
13,000 times on Tidal and its predecessor
over the past year. We have now removed
all music associated with Yesh Music, LLC
and John Emanuele from the service. This
is the first we have heard of this dispute
and Yesh Music, LLC should be engaging
Harry Fox Agency if they believe they are
owed the royalties claimed.
Separately, more turmoil is happening at
the top. According to Swedish magazine
BreakIt, CFO Chris Hart has been fired, with
a refusal to report data to Nielsen Music
cited as a possible reason.
MARCH 4, 2016
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Tidal says US$5m lawsuit is rubbish
The activity-packed Carnival
period is slowly subsiding with
fewer entertainment events
being held. Having flocked to
the beaches these past few
weekends following the reign
of the Merry Monarch, the party crowd is now
eagerly anticipating the long Easter weekend,
especially the Tobago Jazz Festival. However,
prior to that event, Production One Limited
is staging its 2016 edition of Jazz Artistes on
the Greens (JAOTG), on WASA Grounds, at
Farm Road, St Joseph, next weekend on Sat-
urday, March 12.
The cast of JAOTG includes: Cuban jazz
trumpeter Alexis Baro, Rodney Harris Vizion,
Ice Water Pan Ensemble of Diego Martin,
Massy Trinidad All Stars crackshot player
Dance Gulston, Clifford Charles, and vocalists
Jason "Fridge" Seecharan, Arita Edmund and
Moricia Cagan. Showtime is 3.30 pm.
However, before that comes around, how
about some clean,
wholesome fun in
Tomorrow, the Hindu
(HPK) will premiere
its 2016 Phagwa Fes-
tival with the qualify-
ing round of the 23rd
The equivalent to
social and political
commentary in calypso, using a mixture of
Hindi, English and Bhojpuri words, Pichakaa-
ree was started by Ravi-ji. Tomorrow s elim-
ination contest will be held at the Kendra
Headquarters, Gilibia Trace, Raghunanan
Road, Enterprise, Chaguanas, from 3 pm.
HPK will stage its Holika Dahan on Good
Friday (March 25) with the final of the
Pichakaaree 2016 and Ranga Barase and
Makhan Chor competition scheduled for
Easter Sunday (March 27).
Dog and Fries
Before getting into what s to come, let s
return to last Saturday night when a huge
audience turned out to witness the semifinal
of Tuco s National Humorous Calypso
Monarch competition at SWWTU Hall in
Port-of-Spain. Bro Mudada (Allan Fortune),
from Kaiso House, placed ahead of his 19 rivals
by some distance, singing his hilarious Dog
Qualifying for the March 19 final to challenge
defending monarch Brother Ebony (Fitzroy
Joseph) at the Queen s Park Savannah, Port-
of-Spain, are Kaiso Knobby (Carl Barrington);
Crazy (Edwin Ayoung); Kid Kalaloo (Julian
Hunte); Mr Nature (Michael John); Sexy Suzie
(Natasha Nurse); De Rude Kaiso (Shawn McIn-
tyre); and Spicey (Tammico Moore).
For the final, contestants will be required
to sing two calypsoes---the one performed at
the semi-final and another---of a humorous
nature, chosen by the contestant and not lim-
ited to the repertoire of the performer.
Woodbrook pub life
Until recently, De Nu Pub at French Street
corner, was the most easterly watering hole
located along Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook.
But, with the opening of Game Time and
Adrenaline sports bars closer to Colville Street,
the strip has extended, encroaching on the
very beginning of capital city, Port-of-Spain.
Known as "the home of Manchester United,"
Game Time treats customers to games played
by the Old Trafford football club, as well as
hosts lively after-work limes. Not to be out-
done, Adrenaline is embarking on "a new lim-
ing experience" from this evening.
Adrenaline management says that each and
every Friday, they will take patrons on a musical
journey---Flash Back Fridays---designed to be
a treat of popular soca, dancehall, hip hop,
reggae and house music from the 90s. Also
on the menu are free complimentary shots on
entry and 2-4-1 drinks specials on selective
drinks until midnight.
This evening, Adrenaline also intends intro-
ducing Lord Of D Wingz, which is a wide
variety of tasty flavoured wings and side orders.
Patrons can get a lime platter of tasty wings,
have some drinks, relax with their friends and
watch televised sports events, or just enjoy a
wide variety of music in Adrenaline s fully
air-conditioned lounge or on the outside deck
overlooking the Avenue.
Not too far off, nestled downstairs One
Woodbrook Place, by Harvard Roundabout,
is Circa, another snazzy showplace. Run by
Stephen Marhue, Circa offers a wide variety
of cocktails, delicious morsels and live enter-
tainment. Last Friday evening, former Young
Kings Monarch Stephen Marcelle turned the
house out with his beautifully balanced reper-
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Hindu Prachaar Kendra president Geeta Vaahini, left, with participants in this weekend's
in Felicity last year.
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