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Porgie and Murda hit Soca success with Condense on the Bajan
airwaves for Cropover and intend to ride the wave of success into
Carnival 2014. Within two days of its release the song peaked at
number one on the Bajan top 20 Soca chart--an amazing feat con-
sidering that the song was written in 15 minutes.
Condense is a spontanous jam about the adventures of Porgie and
Murda, Bajan friends who engage in daily shenanigans while scop-
ing out lovely ladies who they refer to as condense because the
ladies are sweet like condensed milk. And while Condense was en-
joying the limelight, Drink All Night was rivaling it for the top spot.
It was an amazing feeling for Porgie and Murda and Lead Pipe es-
pecially as they had been in the entertainment industry for eight
years and still remained underdogs. The guys are all round enter-
tainers and are actually characters on a Bajan sitcom that follows
the day to day life of Porgie and Murda. The series is available on
YouTube and has already garnered thousands of views.
"It feels to have a big tune on the radio, we've been on the music
scene for eight years and performed at big shows as underdogs
now with Condense we're gods. It feels weird though because all
the time before we were doing serious stuff then bam we get
through with bare wildness," said Caskate, during their brief visit
Based on their name it's easy to assume that the group consists
of two guys but they're actually a trio. Individually, the group con-
sists of long time friends Lead Pipe, Caskate and Sadist. They were
in Trinidad to promote their hit song while Lead Pipe is pushing his
popular Soca hit Drink All Night.
"We want to push the song in Trinidad because here is Soca cen-
tral you know, Soca heaven. We're going to enter every competi-
tion and plan to do as many shows as possible," said Lead Pipe.
Though they were here on business the guys have made time to
relax and take in the sights.
"Trinidad is nice...the doubles, the tall buildings and the lovely girls,"
said Lead Pipe.
The guys have definitely taken a liking to Trinidad cuisine, espe-
cially Lead Pipe. In the event that he doesn't place at the Soca
Monarch he said management could pay him with doubles.
Porgie and Murda
Major Lazer simply "was". There are very
little words to really describe how fantas-
tic of a show WETT Republic was. Let's
just say that it was major! Think of an In-
somnia fete, combined with what is
undisputedly one of the most dynamic DJ
groups the world over, led by Grammy
nominated DJ and producer, the now leg-
endary Diplo. To this, add the Viking of
Soca, Bunji Garlin and Mr. Double M him-
self, Machel Montano. Further, add in a
few gigantic LED screens, fog machines,
laser lights and enough water to reclaim
downtown Port-of-Spain, and you have a
small idea of what this festival entailed.
Starting at approximately 11 pm and
going well past 8 am on the morning of
Republic Day itself, WETT Republic was
an energetic frenzy of a party. The only
thing that marred an otherwise flawless
event was the poorly organised entry
system for both general and VIP patrons,
which saw persons standing in line for
close to 40 minutes at times in order to
enter the venue. Once inside however,
the partygoer was treated to an im-
mense layout that made use of both the
car park area and the amphitheatre areas
of O2 Park. The VIP area saw 'crew' sec-
tions hosted by Red Bull, Island People,
Scorch and IslandMe Magazine.
Early performances by Renzo and Swappi
warmed the crowd for the first feature
performance by the mysterious half man,
half machine known simply as, Kryoman.
Kryoman laced the atmosphere with
electric dance beats and robotic antics in
a perfectly blended combination of DJ
show and full on performance. Yes, you
read correctly, electronic dance beats, this
was not a fete; this was a celebration of
alternative music styles that are not that
Eventually it was time for the main act of
the night, and Major Lazer emerged onto
the stage, Diplo, Walshy Fire and our very
own Chris Leacock, aka Jillionaire. The
groups' signature concoction of electron-
ica, dancehall, soca and hip hop immedi-
ately connected with the crowd, and
many who came to the event not know-
ing what to expect immediately under-
stood the significance and hype of Major
Lazer. One single moment that high-
lighted the success of this group and the
show in general was when Diplo got into
the signature "hamster ball" and ran into
the crowd, who gratefully accepted him
and lifted him along, off the stage,
amongst themselves and thereafter re-
turned him safely to the platform. Why
was this significant you ask? Because
you know we Trinis don't tolerate stage
diving, and have a strong history of let-
ting performers drop without a care in
the world. This, however, was not the
case at WETT Republic!
The party went into overdrive with the
combination of the usual stellar perform-
ances of Bunji and Machel, the latter ac-
companied by giant water hoses that
soaked just about every inch of the
crowd, and we were into full blown Rave
mode. Major Lazer provided an amazing
performance, long awaited by some, and
an introduction to EDM for many, but ap-
preciated by all. As their performance
ended, the party surely did not stop, and
special mention must be made of
Nuphoric Sounds who had the daunting
task of entertaining the crowd after the
feature attraction, and in no small way,
mash up di place. Plain talk, bad manners!
Patrons who had the energy to sustain,
left the venue at close to 8:30 in the
morning, fully satisfied and most defi-
nitely looking forward to next years' in-
stalment of WETT Republic.
See pg 14 for photos from the event.
YouTube is launching its own
music awards and Lady Gaga
will perform at the first-time
The Google Inc.-owned com-
pany announced Tuesday that
Eminem and Arcade Fire will
also perform at the YouTube
Music Awards on November 3.
The awards will be presented
at Pier 36 in New York City
and will stream live online.
The announcement said the
awards show will honour
"artists and songs that
YouTube fans have turned into
global hits over the past year."
Nominees will be announced
Actor Jason Schwartzman will
host the YouTube Music
Awards. A press release said
the awards show will also fea-
ture events from Seoul, South
Korea; Moscow; London; and
To Feature Lady Gaga,
Arcade Fire, Eminem
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