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Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sen-
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As it does every year, Stag is im-
mersing itself into Carnival with its
annual riddim and Stag STAGe.
The riddim which recently launched, is
produced by 1st Klase and features Stag
endorsees Bunji Garlin, Super Jaiga TC,
Shal and Swappi. Lyrikal and Olatunji are
also on the riddim.
The riddim will be featured at two par-
ties , one at Carnival City which was held
earlier this week and one at Barcode, To-
"It gives us a platform for our ambassa-
dors and artistes. We do delve into music
quite a lot during the year, it all ties to-
gether," said Shane Ramjit, marketing man-
ager for Stag.
This year, however, in keeping with the
trends, the riddim is a little more EDM that
soca, which, Ramjit says, challenged the
artistes to get creative.
The riddim will no doubt feature at the
annual Stag STAGe, a free outdoor series
of concerts every Friday from February 21.
They STAge will be held in its usual
venue near the Roxy roundabout in St
James and there will be four or five per-
formances a night from practically all the
who's who in soca.
"The first half starts off as a sports bar
from 6 pm with games, free stuff to keep
you entertained and prizes to be won. The
second half is a free concert. We are ex-
pecting bigger crowds this year especially
on the night that Bunji performs," said
"It's a nice after work lime and precursor
to the fetes."
Stag is also employing a responsible
drinking campaign which will be urging
drinkers to designate a driver.
5 Star Akil, one of the
Breakout Artistes of the
Year contenders for Soca
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Machel Montano's Ministry of Road (MOR) is
turning out to be more than a Road March
contender. The song is actually the rallying
call for citizens to come together to protest
conditions they are dissatisfied with on the
road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday and to
press for solutions.
"We want to basically say look we have this annual
festival that brings in millions of dollars and every year
we have to stand for hours on Charlotte Street with DJ
trucks back up, always very congested feeling that you
will never reach the savannah. We are making a stand
this year, we are trying to tell everyone to use your
voice, so many things are happening to us and we are
just allowing it to happen without saying anything,"
said Jelani "Pops" Shaw, lead writer for the song.
Explaining the campaign to Metro, Shaw said the aim
is to present a unified stance against the powers that
be.MOR pages have been created on Tumblr, Facebook
and Instagram for people to post images of road issues
they have such as waiting in traffic as well as what they
think ought to be done to address it.
The campaign is governed by a manifesto which ba-
sically asks for three things:
MOR Space: to expand the parade route and allotted
time for masqueraders to overtake the street for Carni-
val.MOR road: to alter the parade route, eradicate the
mas traffic esecially when approaching the savannah
andMOR stage time: to increase the time bands spend
"We are aiming to make a strong statement that
there needs to be a change," said Shaw.
Though they have not met with the National Carnival
Commission (NCC) on their aims, Shaw said a meeting
with the Minister of Multiculturalism has been set up to
discuss their plans.
The campaign is expected to culminate on Carnival
Monday and Tuesday with a grand rally but Shaw said
details of that will be revealed at a later date.
"Soon enough the public will get a clearer under-
standing of that, pretty soon the public might see
something," he said.
The campaign is being spearheaded by Montano and
Precision Productions in association with P.A.G.E and
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